Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Alleged Victims' Veracity Attacked.(Journal North)

Byline: Andy Lenderman Journal Staff Writer

* Professionals challenge charges against Espanola judge

A state police officer, a public housing official and a lawyer refuted allegations that an Espanola judge traded judicial favors for sex as the judge's trial marked its fifth day.

A State Police officer told jurors Tuesday that a woman who testified against the judge once bragged to him "that her lawyers actually believed her allegations against Charles Maestas."

Mary D. Martinez was arrested by officer Joey Gallegos in March on another matter.

Martinez told him "she was going to (expletive) over Charles Maestas to see what she could get out of the city," Gallegos said. …

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