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Judge Michael Rael of Questa, NM; scofflaw


The Judicial Standards Commission found Judge Rael guilty of the following misconduct.

  • Illegally issued restraining order without jurisdiction to so act
  • Ordered restraining order based on his illegal ex parte [one sided] communications
  • Based court orders on personal knowledge obtained outside the scope of the criminal complaint or any court proceeding
  • Admitted that he did not have the legal authority to issue restraining order
  • Engaged in willful misconduct as defined by law

As a direct consequence of his misconduct, the cheerleaders for Judicial Misfits sitting on the New Mexico Supreme Court punished Judge Rael by gifting him with a complimentary censure.


As we speak (ca. December 2018), Mikey continues to sit as a Questa Municipal Court judge in Questa, New Mexico.



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