The second link is to the final order of the Judicial Council of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit officially and publicly reprimanding United States District Judge Carlos Murgia.
- Sexual harassment - check.
- Having an extra-marital affair with a convicted state felon - check.
- Habitually tardiness to court proceedings - check.
At least the Tenth Circuit burned him but good with the reprimand, part of which goes as follows:
Despite these assurances, we note that Judge Murguia was less than candid with the Special Committee. When initially confronted with the allegations, he did not fully disclose the extent of his misconduct. He tended to admit to allegations only when confronted with supporting documentary evidence. His apologies appeared more tied to his regret that his actions were brought to light than an awareness of, and regret for, the harm he caused to the individuals involved and to the integrity of his office. Moreover, his misconduct is very serious and occurred over a lengthy period.
Does he cleanup his act in the long term? As far as the sexual harassment goes, probably yes, now that it is out in the open. The convicted felon is back in prison for probation violation, so that is off the table for the moment. As for the tardiness, we will see. If I was an attorney, I would be documenting every court appearance with him and if he is late, I would be telling the Tenth Circuit each day it happens and how late he was.
This case is closed and he faces no further sanctions. The Tenth Circuit indicated the behavior did not rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors, so they will not forward the case to Congress for impeachment consideration.
But I am glad to see this dirt bag has finally been publicly outed.