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Senate Committee Approves Bipartisan Compromise To Fund New Mexico Courts

on February 19, 2017 - 9:41am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  The Senate Finance Committee has approved a bipartisan proposal to provide emergency funding to New Mexico’s judiciary branch.
 
The committee agreed to send Feb. 16 an amended version of House Bill 261 to the full Senate. The bill, sponsored Reps. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo) and Zachary Cook (R-Lincoln and Otero), makes supplemental appropriations for the New Mexico Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).
 
It will provide $80,000 to the Supreme Court to help meet a projected $82,600 shortfall in its current year budget, and it gives

Judge Denies Release To Man Accused Of Taking Deadly Weapon Into Los Alamos County Detention Center

on February 16, 2017 - 8:09am

Jeremiah Colson awaits his status hearing Monday in District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A man accused of taking a deadly weapon into the Los Alamos County Detention Center Dec. 29, was denied release Monday in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe.

Jeremiah Colson, 36, of Albuquerque had been conditionally released on bond in November pending the outcome of a drug trafficking charge from July 2016 in Los Alamos. He was arrested Dec.

Judge Orders Convicted Drug Trafficker Joshua Krepps Of Los Alamos To Spend Three Years In Prison

on February 14, 2017 - 12:45pm
Convicted drug trafficker Joshua Krepps listens to testimony by LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris prior to his sentencing Monday in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
LAPD Cmdr. Oliver Morris and Assistant District Attorney Johnn Osborn in district court Monday in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos
  • Local ‘One-man Crime Wave’ Gets Three Years In Prison

He said his concern is for LAPD officers responding to his residence, to the victims of these calls, and that having officers and mentors “having

White Rock Man Sentenced In District Court

on February 10, 2017 - 9:05am

First Judicial District Court Judge T. Glenn Ellington hears sentencing recommendations Monday for Anthony Lambson of White Rock from Assistant DA Kent Wahlquist, left, and Defense Attorney Tyr Loranger in Santa Fe. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

SANTA FE --  A 21-year-old White Rock man was sentenced this week in the First Judicial District Court in Santa for trafficking of a controlled substance.

Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteers Needed

on February 9, 2017 - 9:23pm
Annie Rasquin is executive director of the First District Court CASA program, which serves Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Carolyn Stewart has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster children in the Los Alamos are for nine years, a volunteer position that makes a huge difference in their lives and is extremely rewarding for her.
 
Stewart is one of 45 CASAs in the First Judicial District, which encompasses Los Alamos, Rio Arribe and Santa Fe Counties.

SNL Sued In Class Action Alleging Gender Bias

on February 8, 2017 - 4:49pm
COURT News:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorneys Kelly Dermody of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and David Lopez of Outten & Golden LLP announce the filing of a federal class action lawsuit in New Mexico alleging that Sandia National Laboratories has engaged in systemic and pervasive discrimination against its female employees.

The lawsuit, Kennicott v. Sandia National Laboratories, filed by three current and former employees, accuses Sandia of engaging in a pattern and practice of gender discrimination against its female employees.

AG Addresses Legislature With Officers, Prosecutors, Victims & Service Providers For Law Enforcement Day

on February 8, 2017 - 10:35am

STATE News:
  • Federal, state and local law enforcement will gather in the House Chamber for the Attorney General’s address

SANTA FE – Attorney General Hector Balderas will deliver a joint address this morning in the House Chambers to the New Mexico Legislature for Law Enforcement Day, and will be joined by officers, prosecutors, victims and service providers from around the state.

The topic of the Attorney General’s address is Law Enforcement in New Mexico: Coming Together to Prevent Crime in Our Communities.

Law enforcement officers set to attend include, prosecutors, victims, service

Lawmakers Agree On Bipartisan Compromise To Fund New Mexico Courts

on February 6, 2017 - 8:09pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today House leadership of both parties agreed on a compromise amendment to provide emergency funding to New Mexico’s judiciary branch.

The compromise was adopted as an amendment to House Bill 261 in the House Appropriations and Finance Committee earlier today. The amendment, drafted by Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and Rep. Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo), makes supplemental appropriations for the New Mexico Supreme Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC).

The bipartisan compromise will provide $83,000 to the Supreme Court to meet a projected $82,600

New Mexico GOP On Trump's Supreme Court Pick

on February 4, 2017 - 4:44am

RPNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE ― The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement Wednesday on President Donald J. Trump's choice to nominate Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill Antonin Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court:

“Aside from bringing some much-needed geographic diversity to the court, Judge Gorsuch is exceptionally well-qualified and we welcome his thoughtful, reasoned approach to the law on the Supreme Court once he is confirmed," spokesman Tucker Keene said.

Christopher Davis Of White Rock Back In Jail Facing Charges Of Violating Terms Of His Release

on February 3, 2017 - 8:31pm
Christopher W. Davis
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A 25-year-old White Rock man facing charges in two states involving alleged sexual offenses against children is in custody at the Los Alamos County Detention Center. Police arrested Christopher W. Davis Jan. 26 on an outstanding warrant from the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. A cash bond of $50,000 has been set.

A motion filed by Assistant Attorney General Anthony W.

Municipal Court Closed Monday For Training

on February 3, 2017 - 3:00pm

MUNICIPAL News:

The Municipal Court inside the Los Alamos Justice Center will be closed Monday for training.

The court will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Governor Vetos SB 176

on January 28, 2017 - 8:03am

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed Senate Bill 176 – General Appropriations for three judicial branches.

The bill contained money for the New Mexico Supreme Court, the 2nd Judicial District and the 12th Judical District in Alamogodo.

Following the governor’s veto of SB176, Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth released the following statement:

“Governor Martinez’ reckless veto tonight will close courts and hurt New Mexico families. As a result of her action, juries will not be funded, criminal cases will be dismissed, and some criminals will walk free.

The Legislature has

NM Senate Votes To Appropriate Funds To Help Ensure Courts Can Meet Constitutional Obligations

on January 25, 2017 - 7:59pm

Senate Judiciary Chairman Richard Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Today, the Senate voted to appropriate funding needed to prevent judicial court closures and to ensure that New Mexico court system can meet its constitutional obligations.

The appropriation contained in SB 176  helps alleviate the financial strains felt by the state’s judicial system by appropriating money essential for the operation of the New Mexico Supreme Court, Second Judicial District Court, and the Twelfth Judicial District Court.

AG Balderas Sues Takata And 15 Automakers Over Airbags That Function As Fragmentation Grenades

on January 25, 2017 - 11:34am

Photos of airbags that function as fragmentation grenades. Courtesy/AG

STATE News:

  • To date, known Takata airbag IR incidents have injured more than 180 people and killed at least 11 in the United States alone

SANTA FE – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that he filed a lawsuit this week against Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata and 15 automakers over dangerous and defective airbags that function as fragmentation grenades.

Hundreds of thousands of which were installed in cars sold or offered for sale in the State of New Mexico.

Public Notice: Los Alamos Daily Post Selected ‘Official Newspaper Of Record’ For Los Alamos County

on January 23, 2017 - 5:32pm

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY PUBLIC NOTICE:

After completing a competitive solicitation process, Los Alamos County has entered into a contract with the Los Alamos Daily Post to be its official newspaper of record for notices lawfully required to be published in a newspaper of general circulation. Examples of such notices include publications regarding elections by the County Clerk, Procurement solicitation notices, or planning and zoning notices from the Community Development Department.

Legal notices will run in the Thursday print edition of the Post, which is mailed free of charge to every household

NM Justice System Failing Due To Inadequate Funding

on January 22, 2017 - 12:35pm
NM SUPREME COURT News:
 
SANTA FE  Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels told lawmakers Thursday that a lack of funding has damaged New Mexico’s justice system and potentially could cause the dismissal of criminal cases if courts are unable to provide speedy trials as constitutionally required.
 
“I wish I could tell you that New Mexico is providing the functioning justice system promised in the constitution that created ground rules of our government, but I can’t,” Daniels said in a State of the Judiciary speech to a joint session of the Legislature.

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Closed Beginning At Noon Thursday Until 8 a.m. Jan. 3

on December 19, 2016 - 10:39pm
MAGISTRATE COURT News:
 
Due to a staff shortage, the Los Alamos Magistrate Court will be closed noon Thursday, Dec. 22, until 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3.
 
The court apologizes for the inconvenience and advises that anyone who has a court date set during that time or has a payment due, should contact the court after Jan. 3, to set up arrangement's.
 
First Judicial District Court also will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28. District court will be open in Santa Fe and Tierra Amarilla on those dates. District Court in Los Alamos will be open for business Wednesday, Jan.

FBI: Navajo Man Gets 17.5 Years In Federal Prison

on December 17, 2016 - 7:42am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Ferguson Pierce, 52, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Farmington was sentenced Friday morning in federal court in Santa Fe to 210 months in prison followed by10 years of supervised release for his conviction on an aggravated sexual abuse charge.
 
Pierce also will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.
 
The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P.

Senators Call On Trump Education Secretary Nominee DeVos To Pay $5.3 Million In Election Violation Fines

on December 14, 2016 - 11:07am
SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Tuesday that they are calling on President-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to ensure payment of the $5.3 million in fines and penalties owed by DeVos’ All Children Matter Political Action Committee (PAC) for campaign finance violations dating back to 2008.
 
All Children Matter broke Ohio election law by illegally funneling $870,000 in contributions from its nationwide PAC to its

AG Files Suit Against New Mexico Businessman Accused Of Deceiving Low-Income Home Buyers

on December 13, 2016 - 7:03am
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is suing a businessman fro deceptive seller-financed home sales in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo
 
STATE News:
 
A New Mexico businessman claimed to help low-income Spanish-speaking families by finding them foreclosed homes to buy and, in some cases, financing the deals.
 
But the state’s attorney general said Wednesday that Jesus Cano of Albuquerque deceived dozens of consumers by misrepresenting the conditions of the often poorly maintained homes he sold.

Albuquerque Man Charged With Using Explosive Device To Damage Or Destroy Building

on November 30, 2016 - 10:36am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― David A. Hickman, 28, of Albuquerque has been charged with using an explosive device to damage or destroy a building – the Old Navy store in the Pavilions at San Mateo shopping center in Albuquerque – used in interstate commerce.
 
The charge against Hickman was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, Special Agent in Charge Terry Wade of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division, Special Agent in Charge Thomas G. Atteberry of the Phoenix Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Chief Gorden E.

Dabney: Celebrate Without Legal Trouble ... Don't Drink And Drive

on November 26, 2016 - 10:41am

By Attorney PHILIP J. DABNEY
Reid Griffith Law Firm

The holiday season brings many causes for celebration. Celebration often includes partaking in alcohol. While most will drink responsibly, even light drinkers need to take all possible measures to avoid operating a vehicle after drinking. 

When my Grandpa Dabney was young, he got drunk one night and drove his car into a tree. He wrecked the car but somehow avoided injury or arrest. Being a smart man, though, he realized the dangers of drinking and drivIng. So he quit driving. Permanently. Seriously! 

I'm not advocating such drastic action.

Public Hearing On Judiciary Proposed Policy For Online Access To Court Records Dec. 6

on November 21, 2016 - 4:20pm

NM SUPREME COURT News:

Attorneys and their staff, the press, and justice partners, including law enforcement and child welfare agencies, could be granted online access to electronic records in court case files under a proposal before the New Mexico Judiciary.

If adopted by the New Mexico Supreme Court, the proposal would permit approved users to view public records from their computer terminals 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a restricted access system operated by the Judicial Information Division.

Interested parties are invited to comment on the proposal at a public hearing 9

Alternative Dispute Resolution Awards Announced

on November 20, 2016 - 5:46am
Members of the 2016 ADR Excellence Award-Metro Court Mediation Division. Courtesy photo
 
NMSC News:
 
The New Mexico Supreme Court’s Statewide Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission has is pleased to announce the recipients of an annual award recognizing achievement in court-connected dispute resolution services.  
 
The Metropolitan Court’s Mediation Division was honored for its 30 years of public service at a celebration held last month in Albuquerque.

Water Right Owners Flood Town Hall In Pojoaque

on November 19, 2016 - 6:15pm

Several hundred water right owners gather Monday at a town hall meeting in Pojoaque on the Aamodt Water Settlement organized by State Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Nambe). Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Pojoaque – Monday, Nov. 14, several hundred water right owners attended a town hall meeting on the Aamodt Water Settlement meeting organized by State Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Nambe). 

The Aamodt Settlement, which was originally filed in Federal Court in 1966 to settle all water claims in the Nambe-Pojoaque-Tesuque Basin (NPT Basin) for both pueblo and non-pueblo people, is now nearing a final conclusion

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