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Judge stops at accident scene, helps defendant

Updated Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 | 11:20 a.m.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge stopped at an accident scene on a snowy highway and helped an injured person who turned out to be a defendant due in her courtroom.

District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson and a court bailiff were driving from Espanola to court in Tierra Amarilla (tee-AYR'-uh ah-mah-REE'-yah) on Feb. 4 when they came upon an overturned pickup that had skidded off the highway.

Raphaelson says she recognized an injured passenger as burglary defendant Isaac Martinez, who had a pretrial hearing scheduled that day.

Raphaelson checked Martinez and covered him with her jacket as they waited for help.

Others helping at the scene included several other defendants also on their way to court. They held a tarp to keep falling snow off Martinez.

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