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      Valley Meat attempts to boot judge from horse slaughter case

      An attempt to remove a District Judge from a trial that proposes to stop horse slaughter in the state of New Mexico.

      ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Supreme Court is refusing to bar a District Court judge from handling a lawsuit against a proposed horse slaughterhouse in Roswell.

      An order by a three-justice panel of the state high court denies Valley Meat's request to have District Judge Matthew Wilson removed from the case.

      The request alleges there's an appearance of impropriety and a lack of impartiality by Wilson because of posts on his campaign website by other people commenting on the horse slaughter case.

      The lawsuit by state Attorney General Gary King seeks a permanent order blocking horse slaughter in New Mexico.

      The resumption of commercial horse slaughter in the United States has been blocked by a new federal budget measure that withholds money for required federal inspections.

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