NM judge busted on rape charges
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Just as the people of New Mexico are reeling from the news of an upcoming bribery trial involving a state district court judge, now comes word that a district judge has been arrested on rape charges.
From Associated Press out of Albuquerque:
The chief criminal judge in New Mexico’s busiest judicial district has been arrested by Albuquerque police on rape and other charges.
Deputy Police Chief Paul Feist says state District Judge Pat Murdoch’s arrest Tuesday afternoon stemmed from a prostitution investigation.
Murdoch is facing charges of criminal sexual penetration and intimidation of a witness.
Feist says Murdoch is cooperating with investigators. He’s expected to be booked Tuesday night on a $50,000 bond warrant.
Aside from the shock, the arrest promises to wreak even more havoc on the case involving former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron. Murdoch was the sitting judge in that matter and was expected to make a ruling Aug. 1 on whether the case against Vigil-Giron and others — who are facing multiple corruption charges — should proceed. Click here for the details on the Vigil-Giron case, which has been dragging through the courts for nearly two years now.
Click here for more on the AP story.
A mug shot of the judge has just been released:
Murdoch has served on the bench for 25 years and is known to have a good reputation among attorneys across the state for being fair and even-tempered. A recent profile of him describes a difficult childhood in which Murdoch overcame the effects of polio and the death of his mother. Click here to read the story, which was posted by the publication Diversity & the Bar.