Supreme Court disciplines Socorro County judge

Posted at: 04/19/2013 4:02 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The state Supreme Court has suspended a Socorro County Magistrate Court judge for misconduct in seeking favorable treatment for his stepson who had been jailed for failure to pay child support.

The court on Friday suspended Magistrate Court Judge James Naranjo for 30 days. Naranjo must complete an online ethics course and was placed on supervised probation and in a mentorship program. The judge will be suspended for an additional 60 days if he fails to comply with terms of the court's disciplinary order.
 
Naranjo admitted to violating the Code of Judicial Conduct by asking a district court judge in August 2012 to reduce his stepson's bond or let him out of jail.
 
Naranjo told the Judicial Standards Commission he recognized "the appearance of impropriety" in his conduct.
 
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