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Former Judge Pleads Guilty of DWI, Cocaine


— September 2, 2004

BERNALILLO, New Mexico (AP) — A former chief judge caught driving with a blood-alcohol level at twice the legal limit pleaded guilty Thursday to DWI and cocaine possession. He was sentenced to a year of probation.

“I feel embarrassed and humiliated as a result of my actions,” said John Brennan, former chief judge of state district court in Albuquerque. . . .

[R]alph Odenwald, chief state public defender in Albuquerque, testified on Brennan’s behalf, saying he had been “utterly fair to everyone who’s been in his courtroom.” The plea agreement was “no sweetheart deal,” he said.

“He’s suffered the loss of a career, an outstanding career,” and the trust of the community and of his family, Odenwald said.

Details here via CNN.com. I posted earlier about Judge Brennan’s arrest.


BERNALILLO, New Mexico (AP) — A former chief judge caught driving with a blood-alcohol level at twice the legal limit pleaded guilty Thursday to DWI and cocaine possession. He was sentenced to a year of probation.

“I feel embarrassed and humiliated as a result of my actions,” said John Brennan, former chief judge of state district court in Albuquerque. . . .

[R]alph Odenwald, chief state public defender in Albuquerque, testified on Brennan’s behalf, saying he had been “utterly fair to everyone who’s been in his courtroom.” The plea agreement was “no sweetheart deal,” he said.

“He’s suffered the loss of a career, an outstanding career,” and the trust of the community and of his family, Odenwald said.

Details here via CNN.com. I posted earlier about Judge Brennan’s arrest.

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