A New Mexico judge has resigned following allegations that he sent instant messages to his wife, a court employee, during trials and other proceedings, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
The judge, Eugenio Mathis of Las Vegas, N.M., admitted that he had engaged in "excessive and improper" instant messaging with his wife, but denied that any communications included intimations of courthouse sex, the Albuquerque Journal reports. The Santa Fe New Mexican and the Associated Press also have stories on Mathis' resignation.
In his resignation agreement, Mathis admitted that he violated the court computer and Internet use policy; that he made disparaging comments about other judges to his wife; that he referred to parties in a domestic violence case as "chigando," or acting crazy; and that he made "judicial statements" about pending cases, according to the Albuquerque Journal report.
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