People are calling for a district court judge to resign after she was arrested for DWI, with an online petition that’s gaining steam.
Family Court Judge Deborah Walker was arrested last week following a crash in Albuquerque and hasn’t shown up to work since.
Tuesday, Judge Walker’s bench was empty and all of her cases for this week and next have been vacated.
“She’s entrusted to make the best decisions for our children, and just because she got caught driving drunk once doesn’t mean this is the only time she’s ever done it,” said Davian Breedlove.
Walker was arrested last week for DWI after police say she caused a crash on Rio Grande in the North Valley. She was released after spending less than two hours in jail.
“It raises a really big question whether she’s been impaired during her judgment proceedings. That’s the first question that comes to my mind,” Breedlove said.
New Mexicans for Parental Equality started this online petition saying they don’t feel Walker is fit to sit as a judge any longer.
Davian Breedlove said he’s seen firsthand her belligerent behavior in the courtroom.
“There’s a lot of lives that could have been affected,” Breedlove said.
The state’s judicial standards commission won’t say if they’re investigating her behavior, but KRQE News 13 does know she hasn’t heard a case since her arrest.
DWI Resource Center Executive Director Linda Atkinson says that’s probably a good thing.
“You wonder how impactful can they be, and the next question is, are they sober? Are they really paying attention to what’s in front of them?” Atkinson said.
Breedlove believes the petition is just the beginning.
“I hope families start filing appeals in these cases, these are our children as we are entrusting her to decide what is best for our children,” Breedlove said.
Walker could be convicted of DWI and still serve as a judge.
The judicial standards commission investigates judges and recommends punishment, but it’s the Supreme Court that ultimately decides what to do with a judge.
All of the judges in Bernalillo County have recused themselves from hearing Walker’s case. A court date for her has not been set.