Hon. Martha Vazquez See Rating Details
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Average Rating:7.4 - 8 rating(s)
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*Temperament:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Scholarship:   (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Industriousness:   (1=Not at all industrious,10=Highly industrious)
*Ability to Handle Complex Litigation:    (1=Awful,10=Excellent)
*Punctuality:    (1=Chronic`y Late,10=Always on Time)
*Evenhandedness in Civil Litigation:    (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
*Evenhandedness in Criminal Litigation:   (1=Demonstrates Bias,10=Entirely Evenhanded)
Flexibility In Scheduling   (1=Completely Inflexible,10=Very Flexible)
General Inclination Regarding Bail (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Pre-Trial:   (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
Involvement in Civil Settlement Discussions:   (1=Least Involved,10=Most Involved)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Trial:    (1=Pro-Defense,10=Pro-Government)
General Inclination in Criminal Cases, Sentencing:    (1=Most Lenient,10=Most Harsh)
Typical Discount Off Guidelines for Cooperators:    (1=10%,10=100%)
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What others have said about Hon. Martha Vazquez



Comment #: 23061
Fair and Just. Very intelligent and capable. She realizes that she holds a persons future in her judgements, and can be compassionate or dispassionate based on the facts, circumstances and situation.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 22489
Extremely fair judge who takes the time to know all of the information pertaining to defendants before her for sentencing.

Civil Litigation - Private

Comment #: 22034
Good judge to have in the district. Handles cases quickly and fairly. Good disposition. Generally inclined to deny 12(b)(6)'s and MSJs.

Stereotypically pro-plaintiff and pro-criminal defendant. She does hold your feet to the fire.

Not a crim lawyer, but a good litmus test for finding out who's laid-back and a good lawyer versus who's an overzealous douche in the U.S. Atty's Office is asking what they think about Vazquez. If they smile and roll their eyes but then recognize that there's a purpose to having judges like her = probably a good dude. If they become a huffy little b*tch and talk about how they can't believe how she shafted them out of xyz = dumb state school-educated chicken hawk youngster or worthless old boomer who probably wouldn't hack it in the private sector. (The U.S. Att'y's Office here is hit or miss on quality; there's plenty of each.)

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 21652
Other judges should learn from her -- she's the best!


Comment #: 19582
So biased against the government that she is consistently flipped by the Circuit. Not fair minded or reasonable.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

Comment #: 19005
As former prosecutor and now criminal defense attorney I found Judge Vasquez to nothing but fair,professional,courteous and an excellent trial judge. I have tried cases all over the country(based in Philadelphia) and Judge Vasquez was a pleasure to have a trial in front of


Comment #: 17993
10th circuit had to overrule Vasquez yet again on a simple suppresion of evidence. The case is ALFREDO ARAGONES,V USA 11-2142. The Judge held
that for purposes of the Fourth Amendment the officer “seized” Mr. Aragones at the moment he ordered Mr. Aragones to remove his hand from his pocket. WRONG. He wasnt seized until the officer put him in cuffs. 2nd: Even overlooking this problem, however, a larger one exists. An Albuquerque public nuisance ordinance prohibits “[e]ntering upon any private property and looking into any occupied dwelling without the consent of the occupant or owner of the dwelling.” A reasonable
suspicion of criminal activity like this is enough to permit an officer to effect a brief investigative detention. REVERSED.


Comment #: 5535
I am a federal agent. Vazquez has been rated
locally as the worst District Judge. I personally have had a case in front of her and it was a disaster! Someone please explain to me how a Federal District Judge who has a brother that was put in prison for narcotics charges still sits on federal drug cases?