Judge resigns to avoid disciplinary proceedings

Posted at: 05/28/2013 2:48 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's highest court has allowed a state district court judge in Alamogordo to resign to avoid disciplinary action for alleged misconduct and failing to carry out his duties.

District Judge William Brogan resigned Friday under an agreement approved by the state Supreme Court, which released a copy of its order on Monday.

The Judicial Standards Commission had started disciplinary proceedings against Brogan for violating the Code of Judicial Conduct since 2011, including repeatedly failing to follow rules for handing criminal cases.

The commission said the judge "failed to maintain competence in the performance of judicial duties" or was "unable to perform judicial duties competently and diligently."

The commission said the judge required guidance from staff and attorneys because of his lack of understanding of courtroom procedures.

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