New Mexico judge accused of secret recordings denies charges

The Associated Press
September 01, 2017 06:48 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A suspended New Mexico judge accused of secretly recording private conversations at a courthouse pleaded not guilty to charges filed by the New Mexico Attorney General's Office.


The Daily Times reported on Thursday that Aztec Magistrate Court Judge Connie Johnston is facing 12 charges of interference with communications and one charge of violating the Governmental Conduct Act.

A jury trial is scheduled for early December in Aztec district court. Johnston also has a second criminal case pending for a contempt-of-court charge filed by the San Juan County District Attorney's Office. A hearing has not been scheduled for that case.

Johnston is accused of recording conversations of staff with some involving attorney-client privilege.

The New Mexico Supreme Court previously suspended Johnston without pay.


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