Mag­is­trate faces re­moval over emails

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION -

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.

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