SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) - A New Mexico judge was suspended after calling in a favor for a family member to get that relative out of jail.
Socorro County Magistrate Court Judge James "Jim" Naranjo learned of the 30-day suspension without pay on Friday.
According to documents obtained by KRQE News 13 Naranjo called another judge and asked him to reduce his stepson's bond so he could get out of jail.
Locals News 13 spoke with said they were not surprised to learn he would do something like that. They also said his stepson has been in trouble before.
Naranjo initially said he did not think the phone call was inappropriate because he was just trying to vouch for his stepson's character. According to documents from the Judicial Standards Commission, Naranjo's stepson was in jail for not paying child support.
Eventually the judge admitted he did act improperly and apologized.
News 13 went to the judge's home to try and speak with him. A man who came to the door said Naranjo was not available.
The Supreme Court decided Naranjo should be suspended for 30 days. The suspension starts Monday.
Once completed Naranjo will be on probation for 60 days. If he gets into trouble at any point during that he will be forced to resign immediately.
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