Arditti Ready To Return To Bench

Arditti Ready To Return To Bench
Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:48am

EL PASO - Judge Regina Arditti says she is ready to go back to her bench, but even after being acquitted on bribery and trading charges, there are a few things keeping her from doing so.

Arditti was accused of striking a deal with former judge Manny Barraza to hire each other's relatives. She was found not guilty on all charges yesterday.

We caught up with Arditti, her family, and attorney Stuart Leeds at the courthouse today. There were plenty of congratulatory hugs and pats on the back, and even some weary faces from a night of celebration.

But the judge's bench in the 448th District Court is still empty. Leeds says the judge in the trial, Steven Smith, did not sign the judgment before leaving town. That means the suspension still hasn't been lifted.

Judge Smith admonished prosecutor Kyle Lasley and fined him $20 for violating the rules of the court. He also admonished Leeds and partner Theresa Caballero for what he called "egregious conduct." He fined them thousands of dollars and wants their conduct investigated. Tonight on NewsChannel 9, hear what Leeds has to say about the sanctions and also hear what what will happen with Manny Barraza's state trial that's set to begin at the end of the month.

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