By Vik Jolly
The Associated Press
The New Mexico public defender’s office will be able to continue providing legal representation to hundreds of people across the state after the state Board of Finance approved a $400,000 loan for the office.
The emergency money approved Thursday will allow contract lawyers to be paid to represent the poor and juveniles, and it will be doled out as reimbursements are sought. The office will be required to pay back the money over the next two fiscal years.