Judge Ellington recuses himself from Jason Wagner case

December 16, 2015 Albuquerque Journal

Judge Ellington announced today in court that he recused himself from the Jason Wagner case.   Judge Ellington’s decision comes two weeks after Jason Wagner’s attorneys, John Day and Megan Dorsey, filed a motion to recuse Judge Ellington because he showed bias against Jason Wagner when he refused to sign off on Wagner’s plea deal.

John Day spoke to the Albuquerque Journal regarding the rejected plea deal and said, “This is the result of a lot of negotiation and discussion. This is a plea deal that we worked on long and hard. Everyone is on board.”

Jason Wagner’s plea deal included resigning from the Santa Fe Police Department, one count of a misdemeanor of accepting public money without rendering service and unsupervised probation for one year.

The case will be reassigned to a different judge.

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