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Lawyer intoxicated in court sent to Southern Ute rehab center





An attorney who showed up intoxicated to a court hearing has been released from jail in New Mexico in order to enter rehabilitation at a facility operated by the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado.

Cindy Turcotte, 53, was sentenced to seven days in jail on a contempt charge for the incident. She was released after five days and will participate in a substance abuse program at Peaceful Spirits, which is operated by a non-profit arm of the tribe.

The court's order describes Peaceful Spirits as an Indian Health Service treatment facility.

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Attorney released from jail for alcohol treatment (The Santa Fe New Mexican 3/16)