Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The Albuquerque Chief Criminal Judge Is a Rapist?
District Judge Albert "Pat" Murdoch was arrested Tuesday afternoon on charges including rape. According to the arrest warrant, the charges stem from a secret video tape the prostitute made of the judge in his own bedroom.
Murdoch is the chief criminal judge in the 2nd Judicial District in Albuquerque. He is charged with criminal sexual penetration and intimidation of a witness.
The criminal complaint states undercover police received a tip of a sex tape with the judge and a prostitute. The undercover officers bought the tape from the woman and her pimp for $400. They say when they watched it they saw Judge Murdoch having sex with that prostitute.
Police say at one point on the tape Murdoch forced himself on the woman to perform oral sex on her after she told him no. Officers searched Murdoch's home, then went to District Court to arrest him.
Murdoch is being held in jail on a $50,000 bond. Police say he is being kept away from other inmates for his own safety.
Debra Cassens Weiss includes the amazing detail that this judge sentenced a former police officer guilty of rape to probation because Judge Murdoch "reasoned that prison would be more difficult for a policeman than other rape defendants."
These stories are so disturbing, because you assume and the profession assumes that the folks in the robe are above the craziness of the rest of mankind. One of the things this blawg stands for is the reality that some pretty flawed men and women wear the robe and mete out justice. Albuquerque is waking up to that reality this morning. While we do not know the facts, look for other alleged victims to come forward as we have come to expect in many of these situations over the last couple of years.