9th judge recuses self from case vs ex-New Mexico lawmaker

Phil Griego
Phil Griego

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Another judge has recused himself from the public corruption case against former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that with District Judge David Thomson’s recusal from the case, all nine judges in the Santa Fe-based judicial district have now either been excused or recused themselves.

That puts the case on temporary pause until a judge can be assigned from outside the 1st Judicial District.

State Attorney General Hector Balderas has filed 10 criminal counts against Griego including fraud, perjury, tampering with public records, and bribery.

Prosecutors say Griego used his role as a senator to orchestrate the sale of a state-owned building near the state capitol in downtown Santa Fe.

Griego’s resignation in March 2015. He has pleaded not guilty to fraud, bribery and other charges.

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