A state district judge has just turned in his resignation -- effective at the close of business Friday -- following reports that he has been linked to a federal corruption investigation.
Judge Angus McGinty (pictured) has retained defense lawyers, but neither the attorneys nor McGinty has been available for comment.
The case is raising many questions regarding the upcoming election -- McGinty is running for re-election -- and it calls into question other trials over which he presided.
The most recent, from two weeks ago, was a case involving a woman convicted of animal cruelty for dragging a dog behind her truck.
However, the allegations do not involve that case.
The federal probe reportedly alleges that McGinty reduced bond on defendants who appeared before him in exchange for auto repair work.
At the center of the federal probe is Defense Attorney Al Acevedo, who sources say is under investigation by the federal government over bribery allegations.
The FBI issued this statement Friday in response to the reported investigation:
"The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Mexico acknowledges that, together with the FBI, it is conducting an investigation in Bexar County, Texas. It may not, however, comment on the nature or extent of the investigation at this time. The Office is involved because the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas is recused from this matter."