Bill Richardson on Witness List in NM Bribery Case

June 3, 2011 - 10:44 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and more than a dozen current and former judges could be called to testify in the trial of a Las Cruces judge accused of bribery.

The Albuquerque Journal reports the officials are on a list of 28 potential witnesses for the trial of state District Judge Michael Murphy. He was indicted last month in a scandal that alleges judicial candidates were pressured to make political donations that were funneled to Richardson.

Asked by the newspaper if he would welcome a chance to take the stand, spokesman Gilbert Gallegos emailed that "Governor Richardson doesn't comment on political witch hunts."

The witness list also includes 14 current and former state and federal judges and Melinda Whitley, former chairwoman of the Dona Ana County Democratic Party.