- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A Santa Fe judge has removed himself from a high-profile case after insulting a prosecutor.

State District Judge T. Glenn Ellington told Deputy District Attorney Jason Lidyard last month that a case “might be above your pay grade.” He made the remark during a hearing on a proposed plea agreement for Santa Fe Police Lt Jason Wagner.

Ellington on Wednesday said his statement was unprofessional and issued a public apology.

Attorney John Day, who represents the police officer, made a motion calling for Ellington to remove himself from the case. Day says other remarks by Ellington infringed on Wagner’s right to an impartial trial judge.

Ellington denied the motion but handed Lidyard a notice saying he recused himself for other reasons.

Ellington also has received attention for his recent sentencing of former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

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