Former state senator case moves to 9th judge

Phil Griego
Phil Griego

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The criminal fraud and bribery case against a former state senator has been moved for the ninth time, to yet another judge.

Former Senator Phil Griego is facing nine criminal charges, including fraud, bribery, perjury, and tampering with public records.

On Tuesday, Santa Fe District Court Judge David Thomson was handed the case after Griego’s attorney excused Judge Sarah Singleton without explanation under provisions designed to ensure impartiality.

If one more judge is excused, the next would need to be called in from another district or out of retirement.

Griego pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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