Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Suspended Judge Fighting for Pay.(Journal North)

Byline: Wren Propp Journal Staff Writer

Panel Decision Was Delayed

Suspended Mora County Magistrate Rudy Montoya is fighting to keep his paychecks rolling in past a 90-day deadline that ends next week.

Montoya filed a motion in mid-June asking the state Supreme Court or the state Judicial Standards Commission to reinstate him or, in the alternative, to continue his "suspended-with-pay" status beyond next week's deadline. Montoya's annual salary as a magistrate is approximately $58,000.

Montoya was temporarily suspended with pay April 8 by the court after the commission filed more than 30 allegations of judicial misconduct with plans to investigate nearly 30 more. …

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