Records: NM politico pushed judge appointments

From The Public Opinion: Records show that a political figure at the center of a Las Cruces judicial scandal was in regular contact with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's staff to offer input on appointments to the bench in Dona Ana County.

The Albuquerque Journal obtained the emails and a tape-recorded interview under the Inspection of Public Records Request. They suggest that, at the very least, real estate investor Edgar Lopez believed he was the man to see if someone wanted to garner a judicial appointment in Dona Ana County.