SANTA FE, N.M. — A municipal judge in a hit-and-run case involving former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has recused herself.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://goo.gl/i6HKcA) that Santa Fe Municipal Judge Virginia Vigil said Monday she withdrew because she lobbied fellow Democrat Richardson for capital construction money while she was a county commissioner.

Vigil’s decision postpones a hearing that was scheduled for Wednesday. Municipal Court Administrator Arlene Sisneros says another judge will likely be assigned by Friday or early next week.

Richardson is facing a citation after police said he rear-ended another vehicle in downtown Santa Fe in January and left the scene.

Richardson contends it was just a tap, but the other driver told police the second impact was strong enough to push the car into the intersection.


Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com