Judge in ex-Gov. Richardson’s hit-and-run case withdraws

Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson
Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A municipal judge in a hit-and-run case involving former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has recused herself.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Santa Fe Municipal Judge Virginia Vigil said Monday she withdrew because she lobbied fellow Democrat Richardson for capital construction money while she was a county commissioner.

Vigil’s decision postpones a hearing that was scheduled for Wednesday. Municipal Court Administrator Arlene Sisneros says another judge will likely be assigned by Friday or early next week.

Richardson is facing a citation after police said he rear-ended another vehicle in downtown Santa Fe in January and left the scene.

Richardson contends it was just a tap, but the other driver told police the second impact was strong enough to push the car into the intersection.

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