Judge dismisses indictment in bribery case

September 24, 2011 • State News

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A judge Friday dismissed charges against a Las Cruces judge accused in a pay-to-play scandal with ties to former Gov. Bill Richardson.

The order from Judge Leslie Smith was sealed, so it was unclear which defense motion to throw out the felony indictment against state District Judge Michael Murphy was granted or why. But the judge did say he was granting one of the many motions the defense had filed to dismiss the indictment without prejudice, leaving the door open for special prosecutor Matt Chandler to refile charges in the case.

Smith also dismissed a misdemeanor ethics charge that was filed against Murphy after the indictment.

Defense attorney Michael Stout said he could not discuss the sealed order, but said Login to read more

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