Judge stops at accident scene, helps defendant

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Associated Press

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 10:04 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge knew right away she shouldn't issue a bench warrant for a burglary defendant not in court for a hearing.

That's because District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson was among those who'd stopped that morning at an accident scene on a snowy highway and she knew the defendant was hospitalized.

The judge and a court bailiff were driving from Espanola to court in Tierra Amarilla on Feb. 4 when they came upon an overturned pickup that had skidded off the highway.

Raphaelson checked defendant Isaac Martinez and covered him with her jacket as they waited for help. Several other defendants also on their way to court held a tarp to keep falling snow off Martinez.

The Albuquerque Journal (http://bit.ly/MbLcvM ) reports Martinez has been released from the hospital.

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