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Charles W. Daniels (January 14, 1943 – September 1, 2019)[1] was a justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court from 2007 to 2018. He was first recommended by the New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commission and appointed by Governor Bill Richardson in October 2007, won election in the 2008 general election, and was retained for an additional eight-year term in his 2010 retention election. In 2010, he was selected by his fellow Justices to serve as Chief Justice for a two-year term and was elected Chief Justice again in 2016.[2][3] He retired on December 31, 2018.

Daniels received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona magna cum laude, his law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he graduated first in his class, and a master of laws in trial advocacy from Georgetown University, where he was a Prettyman Fellow. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Daniels was a renowned criminal defense attorney.[4] He was married to fellow Albuquerque defender Randi McGinn[5].


  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who On the Web
  2. ^ "Justice Daniels Begins Second Term As Chief Justice of New Mexico Supreme Court". University of New Mexico School of Law. 19 April 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  3. ^ "Daniels now New Mexico Supreme Court chief justice". Santa Fe New Mexican. 11 April 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Former NM Chief Justice Charles Daniels dies". Albuquerque Journal. 1 September 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Randi McGinn". LinkedIn. LinkedIn Corp. Retrieved 2 September 2019.

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