NM plea hearing set in Bill Richardso...

NM plea hearing set in Bill Richardson bribe case

There are 5 comments on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer story from Apr 12, 2013, titled NM plea hearing set in Bill Richardson bribe case. In it, Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that:

In this May 20, 2011 file photo, suspended State District Judge Michael Murphy, center, speaks with his defense attorneys Margaret Strickland, left, and Michael Stout during a hearing in the Third Judicial District Court in Las Cruces, N.M. A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Murphy, the retired Las Cruces judge accused of funneling bribes to ... (more)

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Ex- El Paso Resident

Las Cruces, NM

#1 Apr 12, 2013
New Mexico.

The "pay to play" state
Las Cruces retiree

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Apr 12, 2013
If you pay, you play ---- and you also get protection.
It seems like similar things are happening with the new Las Cruces district attorney. Why did the new district attorney think he needed additional money for advertising? Las Cruces votes heavily Democratic.
I find it interesting that the person who gave Marc the loan was the same person who supposedly acted as the bag man for Murphy.
OK, Marc needed more money for advertising and did not have enough time to obtain a loan from a bank. Why in the world would a candidate for district attorney come anywhere close to (not to mention obtain a loan from) Edward Lopez?

Santa Fe, NM

#3 Apr 12, 2013
Time for Fat Bill to pay the piper - gonna happen
in this bribery - rub my back I will rub yours
dumb as crap utopiz - never gonna happen.

Huntsville, AL

#4 Apr 12, 2013
headline. The judge is on trial.
Las Cruces retiree

Las Cruces, NM

#5 Apr 12, 2013
There were two headlines in this thread. The first headline was "Some charges may be dropped". The first paragraph indicated that some of the most serious charges (against Murphy) may be dropped.

I ask why? Didn't they have him on tape?

The second headline was "Loan to campaign of district attorney sparks complaint". The most serious complaint suggests D'Antonio flouted campaign finance reporting laws and that a private loan exceeded campaign contribution limits.

I expect my district attorney to be ethical-- in fact, and in appearance. A loan from someone with a questionable background does not give the appearance of high ethical standards. Why not obtain the loan from a relative?

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