“Supreme Court to take up suit against recall group”

According to this report by Matthew van Buren in the Taos News, the New Mexico Supreme Court has agreed to hear Cordova v. Cline, a case involving the interpretation of New Mexico’s anti-SLAPP statute.

Arsenio Cordova, an former board member of the Taos Municipal Schools, sued several people, accusing them of civil conspiracy and malicious abuse of process for filing a recall petition against him in district court.  The Court of Appeals held that the anti-SLAPP statute does not protect people who initiate judicial proceedings, like the recall petition in district court, but only those who participate in quasi-judicial meetings, such as those before boards or commissions.

You can read my earlier coverage of this case here, where I noted the anomalous and dubious results that could be caused by the Court of Appeals’ narrow interpretation of the anti-SLAPP statute.

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