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Attorney John Pope of Belen, NM; lying drunk

 
The state of New Mexico presented John W. Pope with a law license in 1973 after he graduated from the University of New Mexico Law School.
 
In 2006, the New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission found Judge Pope guilty of the following misconduct.
  • Failed to perform his judicial duties
  • Failed to notify chief judge of extended absence
  • Left criminal jury trial unfinished prior to defense concluding its case
Pope had been boozing-it-up two days before the criminal trial began. The drunk was then admitted to a hospital for alcohol related problems. The Pope lied to a Valencia County News-Bulletin reporter that his absence was due to a mild heart attack.
 
As a consequence of his misconduct, the enablers for Judicial Misfits sitting on the New Mexico Supreme Court punished the Pope by gifting him with a complimentary reprimand. He was also required to participate in a weekly 12-step program, random testing and no alcohol use.
 
As one would suspect in the case of a lying drunk, the Pope failed to abstain from boozing it up. In early 2013, a sample was taken from the Pope during random testing at the request of his probation supervisor. The sample tested positive for alcohol.
 
Rather than face permanent removal from the bench, the Pope did what any loser would do, he resigned in order to protect his undeserved pension.
 
As we speak (ca. July 2013) the drunken Pope practices at 400 Godfrey Avenue in Belen, New Mexico.
 
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