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Fri March 14, 2014
New Mexico Judge Resigns After Allegations
A part-time municipal judge in southwestern New Mexico has resigned after being accused of misconduct. The Silver City Sun-News reports that Santa Clara Village Judge Roland Madrid's Feb. 28 resignation ends the disciplinary case against him but means he cannot again serve as a judge in New Mexico.
Madrid didn't formally respond to the 30 allegations made against him by the state Judicial Standards Commission on Feb. 4 other than to resign.
However, Madrid's lawyer, James Foy, says Madrid doesn't claim he was perfect as a judge.
The allegations include that Madrid failed to hold court sessions some months and improperly closed his court without arranging for a temporary replacement.
Others include that he attempted to use his judicial position to avoid receiving a citation.
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