NM judge booked in political bribe scandal
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge charged with bribery in a scandal with alleged ties to former Gov. Bill Richardson pleaded not guilty Friday, then was ordered to hand over his passport.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports state District Judge Michael Murphy was booked, fingerprinted and ordered to post a $10,000 bail Friday following his initial court appearance on felony bribery and intimidation charges. After Murphy pleaded not guilty, a judge asked for his passport, calling him a flight risk.
Murphy is accused of telling a judicial candidate if she wanted a seat on the bench, she needed to donate to the Democratic Party through a political activist tied to Richardson.
Allegations in a prosecutor's report imply the practice was common. An investigation is ongoing.
Richardson calls the accusations "outrageous and defamatory."