Former judge convicted in corruption case

Posted at: 04/18/2013 4:42 PM
Updated at: 04/18/2013 4:44 PM
By: Staff

Photo: Michael Murphy
Photo: Michael Murphy

Former Third Judicial District judge Michael Murphy pled guilty to state criminal corruption charges.

The plea came as part of an agreement - sparing Murphy from a trial.

The plea stems from an investigation into Murphy’s misconduct while on the bench, including self-proclaimed statements that he paid thousands of dollars to obtain a judicial appointment and encouraging others to do the same, and attempted to bribe another judge for a vote in the chief judge’s election.

Murphy was sentenced to serve 364 days in the Dona Ana County Detention Center, though all those days were suspended by the court in favor of supervised probation.  

The court ordered that Murphy never hold a judicial appointment or public office again and that he complete 200 hours of community service. He’s also banned from the Third Judicial District Courthouse during his probation.

The court imposed no fines against Murphy.