Magistrate faces removal over emails
CARLSBAD — A state agency charged with investigating judicial misconduct is seeking the removal of an Eddy County magistrate judge over racist and sexist emails.
The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported that the New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission petitioned this week for a permanent removal from office of Eddy County Magistrate Court Judge Henry Castaneda.
According to the petition, Castaneda allegedly used stateowned equipment to accept and forward emails through his court account that contained “offensive, degrading, pornographic, racist and sexist” content.
The agency says the behavior violates the judiciary’s code of conduct.
Castaneda served as a magistrate judge from 2003-10, and took the bench again in 2013.
He did not return a phone message.