Murphy case brings new scrutiny to ju...

Murphy case brings new scrutiny to judicial appointment process

There are 12 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from May 18, 2011, titled Murphy case brings new scrutiny to judicial appointment process. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

The process for appointing district court judges is under new scrutiny, in light of the recent indictment of a state district court judge from Las Cruces who's accused in a pay-to-play scheme.

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lcpt

Albuquerque, NM

#1 May 18, 2011
3rd Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando said

"It was supposed to be made to make it less political, but I think that in some ways, it still was very political,"

It is the same system Martinez is using and it is just as political as in the past. Every judge Martinez has picked has been a Republican. Nothing new her folks.
WoW

Albuquerque, NM

#2 May 18, 2011
lcpt wrote:
3rd Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando said
"It was supposed to be made to make it less political, but I think that in some ways, it still was very political,"
It is the same system Martinez is using and it is just as political as in the past. Every judge Martinez has picked has been a Republican. Nothing new her folks.
Completely agree--she's already picked Riedel and Palamino so far and they worked under her in the DA's office here in Cruces. And my experience so far is that both of them do not know domestic law--sorry for the tangent here. The whole system needs to be re-vamped.
Las Cruces Resident

Santa Fe, NM

#3 May 18, 2011
lcpt wrote:
3rd Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando said
"It was supposed to be made to make it less political, but I think that in some ways, it still was very political,"
It is the same system Martinez is using and it is just as political as in the past. Every judge Martinez has picked has been a Republican. Nothing new her folks.
I agree. The system can't be wrong for one person and okay for the next. It has to be fair across the board. What the heck is going on around here. Let's just start over. Get rid of the current Judges and reappoint new ones from a group of people who are not so politically involved. This is such craziness!
Judas

Las Cruces, NM

#4 May 18, 2011
Riedel and Palomino both "contributed" to Susana's campaign. She's just a cheaper date, as it took less than a thou.
Renee

Rio Rancho, NM

#5 May 18, 2011
WoW wrote:
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Completely agree--she's already picked Riedel and Palamino so far and they worked under her in the DA's office here in Cruces. And my experience so far is that both of them do not know domestic law--sorry for the tangent here. The whole system needs to be re-vamped.
Maybe they are not experts in family law but at least they have the integrity to listen to both sides of the case, not be partial, look at the evidence, and I can't imagine that they would allow an abusive parent to have custody of the children like those other two slime-balls Murphy and Driggers have done. I also think that Judge Reidel and Judge Palomino are too smart to allow unethical slime-ball attorneys like Shane English to maliciously abuse the process and perpetrate fraud on the court the way that Driggers did. I've seen orders that are illegal and cover up criminal activity.
FeralFlower

Santa Fe, NM

#6 May 18, 2011
It use to be that society looked up at this profession, not anymore. There is no honor among the legal profession. Lawyers taping lawyers, to afraid to go to the judicial standards commission, etc., that is just disturbing.

Why are District Judge's given life time appointment? Hell, I'd rather have a recent law school graduate on the bench who's not yet become jaded and a egomaniac!

Vote NO on all retention elections, for all those left standing after this mess.
Time will tell

Albuquerque, NM

#7 May 18, 2011
Renee wrote:
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Maybe they are not experts in family law but at least they have the integrity to listen to both sides of the case, not be partial, look at the evidence, and I can't imagine that they would allow an abusive parent to have custody of the children like those other two slime-balls Murphy and Driggers have done. I also think that Judge Reidel and Judge Palomino are too smart to allow unethical slime-ball attorneys like Shane English to maliciously abuse the process and perpetrate fraud on the court the way that Driggers did. I've seen orders that are illegal and cover up criminal activity.
I certainly hope you are correct,because my case will be heard there very soon after years of dealing with Driggers & Murphy. No ethical judge would have allowed the things that happen in my case and I am confident justice will prevail.

Since: May 11

Gallup, NM

#8 May 18, 2011
Payola at it's best. What ya expect southern New Mexico and Chicago have been run by what party?
thats right

Albuquerque, NM

#9 May 18, 2011
Lets start with anyone that Susana Martinez appointed is removed if they gave a contribution. Of course she would have to refill all her seats.
Renee

Rio Rancho, NM

#10 May 18, 2011
Time will tell wrote:
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I certainly hope you are correct,because my case will be heard there very soon after years of dealing with Driggers & Murphy. No ethical judge would have allowed the things that happen in my case and I am confident justice will prevail.
I would bring any evidence that you have and show the new judge what those slime-balls allowed to happen to your children. Again, the key word is ethical judge and that we know Murphy and Driggers are not.
Dave

Las Cruces, NM

#11 May 18, 2011
lcpt wrote:
3rd Judicial District Attorney Amy Orlando said
"It was supposed to be made to make it less political, but I think that in some ways, it still was very political,"
It is the same system Martinez is using and it is just as political as in the past. Every judge Martinez has picked has been a Republican. Nothing new her folks.
Oh? Is Martinez accepting bribes too?
lc resident

Richardson, TX

#12 May 18, 2011
Where's the evidence Murphy, Schultz or Martin for that matter were ever on the nominating committee? The gov picks from the people the committee sends up, not Murphy or Schultz. Murphy didn't solicit a bribe because he never sought to have his actions in an official capacity be influenced by a payment, and he never bribed Schultz because her actions in an official capacity were simply not ever at issue. Solicitation of a felony? C'mon. Telling someone they'd better contribute to the party in charge if they want to be selected is as true now as it was then, and is not the same thing as telling them to give a bribe. Shame on Schultz for participating in this charade that is clearly designed to pack the court with Martinez stooges whose politics operate in exactly the same way except for their corrupt misuse of the criminal justice system to achieve their ends.

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