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NM Judge Indicted on Felony Counts

Third Judicial District Judge Mike Murphy of New Mexico was indicted on four felony counts including bribery, and a special prosecutor’s report said he gave $4,000 to win appointment to the bench by then-Gov. Bill Richardson, reported.

Judge Lisa Schultz initially tried to halt what she viewed as a pay-to-play scheme by working within the judicial system, but later reported on the situation to a prosecutor. Judge Murphy has maintained his innocence.

In Indiana, meanwhile, Hamilton Superior Court Judge William J. Hughes was charged with judicial misconduct in a case arising from a drunken driving arrest out of state, the Associated Press reported.

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