Complaint says judge Michael Murphy bragged about paying for seat (12:52 p.m.)

A Las Cruces judge indicted on bribery charges bragged that he paid former Gov. Bill Richardson $4,000 for his appointment and told a potential judicial candidate she should make regular payments to a Richardson power broker if she wanted a seat on the bench. Full Story
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Shane

Albuquerque, NM

#21 May 16, 2011
We haven't heard the last of this. Where there is power there is money and where there is money there's greed for more.

Weve fought wars to get away from this kind of greed.

Very disappointing but not at all surprised by it. I wonder when the Republicans will fall on their face over something similar.
CornDogz

Albuquerque, NM

#22 May 16, 2011
letitbeHuman wrote:
The cartoons have begun and the Main Show is revving up a roar from the crowd. Who'll make a deal first, Fat Bill or EZmoney Edgar?
My money is on EZ Edgar. Fat Bill's too stupid.
Billy triple chins will never be indicted for anything. He holds too much info on too many people.
righttoaspeedyto rtuga

Glendale, AZ

#23 May 16, 2011
Concerned for Cruces wrote:
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Another oblivious. You need to check your facts. Matt Chandler from Clovis is prosecuting this....not Dona Ana. Way to go bright guy!
Prosecuting what....in Clovis? Mr. Daniels? Mr Menchaca? The facts show these four-year-old witch-hunts are scheduled for 8/30/11 and 8/05/11 in the 3rd Judicial District Court, according to nmcourts.com .

Enlighten me with your Clovis update, please.
anoblivioustortu ga

Glendale, AZ

#24 May 16, 2011
Concerned for Cruces wrote:
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You are oblivious. This investigation has been going on since before Martinez was elected. What's your excuse now? I agree, he's innocent..........until PROVEN GUILTY!
Please....... Oblivious, show us the link that it was before Martinez was elected.

Since: Jan 09

Red Bank, NJ

#25 May 16, 2011
Ramierez, Robles, Cornish, now Murphy. Hopefully cocky little Manny Arieta will be next. They are all slime.
cheese

Gallup, NM

#26 May 16, 2011
Me thinks this story will disappear by tonight.
CornDogz

Albuquerque, NM

#27 May 16, 2011
cheese wrote:
Me thinks this story will disappear by tonight.
Don't hold your breath! The key phrases are:

- The state Supreme Court on Monday suspended a judge...
- The court issued an order Monday that suspends state District Judge Michael Murphy immediately without pay...

Teflon Bill will likely skate but that may not be the case for Murphy.
Sylvia

Jemez Pueblo, NM

#28 May 16, 2011
Lake Trash wrote:
Ramierez, Robles, Cornish, now Murphy. Hopefully cocky little Manny Arieta will be next. They are all slime.
No, Hopefully Driggers wil be next after Martin.
Notsofast

United States

#29 May 16, 2011
Lake Trash wrote:
Ramierez, Robles, Cornish, now Murphy. Hopefully cocky little Manny Arieta will be next. They are all slime.
Slimy Savages!
Karen

Las Cruces, NM

#30 May 16, 2011
I've had the misfortune of meeting Edgar Lopez on two different occasions. Both times I couldn't get home to wash the slime off fast enough. The guy is as corrupt as they come.
let it be Human

Albuquerque, NM

#31 May 16, 2011
CornDogz wrote:
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Billy triple chins will never be indicted for anything. He holds too much info on too many people.
You might be right,but I know EZ MoneyLopez and He will squeal. As for Billy Triple Chins (love that handle you gave him), he thinks he's above the Law and because he thinks, he will FALL! There's a good Govenor at the Mansion that will make it her priority to see that happen. Thanks for your comment, let's just wait and see.
Valley Native

Rio Rancho, NM

#32 May 16, 2011
Time to expose the underbelly of the corrupt New Mexico Democrat machine.

Watching these "power players" running in and trying to cut a deal is going to be fun.:')
Valley Native

Rio Rancho, NM

#33 May 16, 2011
Here's few juicy tidbits.

Blogger Heath Haussamen managed to obtain an 11-page supplemental report written by investigator Dan Blair.

The supplemental report makes for fascinating — if not mortifying — reading, including such tidbits as:

the case started back in 2007 when Murphy allegedly told a Las Cruces attorney who was interested in a judgeship position,“that she should write a check to the Democratic party every week in whatever amount she could afford”
the attorney then related the story to Third District Court Judge Lisa Schultz who was alarmed and spoke to retired Court of Appeals Judge Rudy Apodaca, who according to the report,“said that as terrible as it sounded, the system did in fact work in the manner described by Judge Murphy”
In August of 2010, Judge Schultz secretly recorded a meeting she had with Murphy in which Murphy allegedly says that “I just wrote him [Richardson apppointee Judge Manuel Arrieta] a check for 300 bucks. I hope you’ll do the same.”
Edgar Lopez, an active member of the Democratic party, tells investigators that earlier in Murphy’s pursuit of a judgeship, Murphy had been turned down for an appointment. From the report:“Lopez said that Murphy did not come to him before the appointment and ‘did not pay Edgar homage’ and Jim T. Martin got the appointment instead.” After being turned down, Lopez says in the report that Murphy returned to Lopez, saying “I;m here to do whatever I need to do.”
After requesting a polygraph test in early February of this year, Murphy has not submitted to the test and has not talked to investigators since retaining a criminal defense attorney
A staff attorney for the Third Judicial District Courts told investigators in April “that Judge Murphy said he gave money every month in a form of a check or checks to influence his appointment process” and that “Judge Murphy also stated,‘If I go down for this, I’m not going alone. I’m taking someone with me.’“
In March, investigators spoke to retired District Judge Steven Bridgforth, formerly of the Third Judicial District Court, who related the story of Murphy allegedly saying that if a person wanted a judge’s position, he or she would have to make “a signficiant donation” to Richardson and that Murphy himself had donated $4,000.
When Bridgforth objected, he says Murphy replied by saying,“Oh,[you're] old fashion[ed]. That’s how business is done now[a]days.”
Judge Bridgforth also says in the report that he was approached in 2010 by Edgar Lopez, who asked Bridgforth to retire before the end of the year “to allow Governor Richardson to appoint Larry Picket[t](a lawyer in Las Cruces) as his replacement.”

The supplemental report has been the talk of political circles across the state. Gov. Susana Martinez weighed in on the case Monday (May 16).
let it be Human

Albuquerque, NM

#34 May 16, 2011
Valley Native wrote:
Here's few juicy tidbits.
Blogger Heath Haussamen managed to obtain an 11-page supplemental report written by investigator Dan Blair.
The supplemental report makes for fascinating — if not mortifying — reading, including such tidbits as:
the case started back in 2007 when Murphy allegedly told a Las Cruces attorney who was interested in a judgeship position,“that she should write a check to the Democratic party every week in whatever amount she could afford”
the attorney then related the story to Third District Court Judge Lisa Schultz who was alarmed and spoke to retired Court of Appeals Judge Rudy Apodaca, who according to the report,“said that as terrible as it sounded, the system did in fact work in the manner described by Judge Murphy”
In August of 2010, Judge Schultz secretly recorded a meeting she had with Murphy in which Murphy allegedly says that “I just wrote him [Richardson apppointee Judge Manuel Arrieta] a check for 300 bucks. I hope you’ll do the same.”
Edgar Lopez, an active member of the Democratic party, tells investigators that earlier in Murphy’s pursuit of a judgeship, Murphy had been turned down for an appointment. From the report:“Lopez said that Murphy did not come to him before the appointment and ‘did not pay Edgar homage’ and Jim T. Martin got the appointment instead.” After being turned down, Lopez says in the report that Murphy returned to Lopez, saying “I;m here to do whatever I need to do.”
After requesting a polygraph test in early February of this year, Murphy has not submitted to the test and has not talked to investigators since retaining a criminal defense attorney
A staff attorney for the Third Judicial District Courts told investigators in April “that Judge Murphy said he gave money every month in a form of a check or checks to influence his appointment process” and that “Judge Murphy also stated,‘If I go down for this, I’m not going alone. I’m taking someone with me.’“
In March, investigators spoke to retired District Judge Steven Bridgforth, formerly of the Third Judicial District Court, who related the story of Murphy allegedly saying that if a person wanted a judge’s position, he or she would have to make “a signficiant donation” to Richardson and that Murphy himself had donated $4,000.
When Bridgforth objected, he says Murphy replied by saying,“Oh,[you're] old fashion[ed]. That’s how business is done now[a]days.”
Judge Bridgforth also says in the report that he was approached in 2010 by Edgar Lopez, who asked Bridgforth to retire before the end of the year “to allow Governor Richardson to appoint Larry Picket[t](a lawyer in Las Cruces) as his replacement.”
The supplemental report has been the talk of political circles across the state. Gov. Susana Martinez weighed in on the case Monday (May 16).


Thank you for this great post. Good info and not surprising to me at all.
omg

Alamogordo, NM

#35 May 16, 2011
Just another example of how Susana is cleaning up shop. Get them corrupt puppies out of office Governor.
East Mesa Resident

Las Cruces, NM

#36 May 16, 2011
Valley Native wrote:
Here's few juicy tidbits.
Blogger Heath Haussamen managed to obtain an 11-page supplemental report written by investigator Dan Blair.
The supplemental report makes for fascinating — if not mortifying — reading, including such tidbits as:
I agree it is an excellent post with good information. Now if only you had converted your Microsoft Word document to a DOS TEXT file, there wouldn't be all of the odd characters (—)in the post. I use Word also many times as it has a spell checker and Topix doesn't, so I understand it.

It is still a good post though and I thank you for the information.
CornDogz

Albuquerque, NM

#37 May 17, 2011
let it be Human wrote:
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You might be right,but I know EZ MoneyLopez and He will squeal. As for Billy Triple Chins (love that handle you gave him), he thinks he's above the Law and because he thinks, he will FALL! There's a good Govenor at the Mansion that will make it her priority to see that happen. Thanks for your comment, let's just wait and see.
Just goes to prove that irresponsibility and entitlement values span the entire spectrum of incomes and jobs.

As for Billy TC, all it will take is one indictment and his house of cards will implode.
AMD

Las Cruces, NM

#38 May 20, 2011
letitbeHuman wrote:
The cartoons have begun and the Main Show is revving up a roar from the crowd. Who'll make a deal first, Fat Bill or EZmoney Edgar?
My money is on EZ Edgar. Fat Bill's too stupid.
I have always heard him referred to as Sleazy Edgar.
RacerX

Santa Fe, NM

#39 May 20, 2011
Sure would be nice to see him go down.
CornDogz wrote:
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Just goes to prove that irresponsibility and entitlement values span the entire spectrum of incomes and jobs.
As for Billy TC, all it will take is one indictment and his house of cards will implode.

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