Part 2 - Albuquerque Journal Tells Part of the Story.
Nov 6, 2011 — The truth of the matter is that the problem extends far beyond the handful of individuals prosecuted, either criminally or administratively, for alleged misconduct on the bench. The manner in which judicial campaigns are funded and the manner in which judicial appointments are made is closer to the heart of the problem. Mike Murphy in Las Cruces is being prosecuted for being "too up front" about the "pay-to-play" system that put him into office. This system either arose or was greatly expanded under former governor Bill Richardson, and Murphy is but the tip of the iceberg with respect to those judges who benefited from it. Gallagher is right, however, that the Judicial Standards Commission operates in almost complete secrecy, and the public is unable to discover much, if anything, about charges that are filed against judges. Only in some instances does official action against a judge issue and become public record. (Continued in Part 3)
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