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Judge Who Quit Acknowledges His Legacy Tarnished

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LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico judge who stepped down from the bench amid allegations of misbehavior acknowledges his legacy of 20 years on the bench has been tarnished.

However, District Judge Eugenio Mathis of Las Vegas says he was a hardworking and conscientious judge.

Mathis resigned Thursday under an agreement approved by the New Mexico State Supreme Court.

A state commission alleged numerous types of misbehavior by Mathis, including that he and his wife engaged in communications and conduct of a sexual nature during the work day. It also alleged that Mathis undermined the supervision of his wife, a court employee.

The Las Vegas Optic (http://bit.ly/13A9ntH ) reports that Mathis says he resigned to avoid what he called “the further public airing of the contentious atmosphere that exists at the court.”

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