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NM Hosts National Conference On Court Interpreters

on May 26, 2015 - 7:01am
SANTA FE  Managers of programs providing interpreting services for state courts across the country gathered in New Mexico last week for a national conference.
New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara J. Vigil and Artie Pepin, director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, officially opened the conference. Supreme Court Justice Edward L. Chávez delivered a keynote address.

Other New Mexico presenters included Paul Kippert, assistant general counsel with the Department of Finance and Administration, and Lisa Dignan and Roger Robb with the Commission for the

Emergency Funding For Magistrate Courts Denied

on May 25, 2015 - 2:57pm



SANTA FE – Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin expressed disappointment Friday that the state Board of Finance denied a request for emergency funding of $750,000 for magistrate court operations in the final weeks of the current budget year.


AOC sought the emergency funding because magistrate courts do not have enough money to cover operating expenses through June after the governor vetoed a $750,000 supplemental appropriation approved by the Legislature. Lawmakers approved the money to address underfunding partly caused by a loss of revenues from

Director To Request $750,000 In Emergency Funding For Operations Of Magistrate Courts Through June

on May 19, 2015 - 11:48am

Scales of Justice. Courtesy image


Administrative Office of the Courts Director Artie Pepin will appear before the state Board of Finance Thursday to request emergency funding of $750,000 for operations of magistrate courts through June.

In April, the governor vetoed a $750,000 supplemental appropriation approved by the Legislature to address underfunding partly caused by a loss of revenues from vetoes in 2014.

Without the requested $750,000 emergency grant, according to Pepin, the AOC will not pay leases on court buildings for June and state insurance premiums.

Los Alamos Magistrate Court Docket May 11-26

on May 5, 2015 - 1:17pm
The following is the upcoming docket for Los Alamos County Magistrate Court:
Monday, May 11:
Judge: Pat A. Casados - Location: Los Alamos County Magistrate Court
8:15 a.m.
Defendant: Arturo Houston
Proceeding: First Appearance
Prosecutor:  NM District Attorney - 1st Santa Fe; Def Atty:; Officer: Ryan Wolking
8:30 a.m.
Defendant: Melissa V. Valdez-Romero
Proceeding: Jury Trial
Prosecutor: Kent Wahlquist; Def Atty: Thomas M. Clark; Officer: David J. Boe
Los Alamos County Magistrate Court Docket, Tuesday May 12:

Council Tentatively Approves Municipal Court Budget

on April 21, 2015 - 7:37pm

Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk answers questions from Council on his proposed FY-2016 budget, which he reduced by 6 percent from his adopted FY2015 budget. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Los Alamos Municipal Judge Alan Kirk at the podium speaking with Council as County officials, staff and a few members of the public listen. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council voted 7-0 this evening to tentitively approve the proposed FY-2016 budget for the Los Alamos Municipal Court.

The Municipal Court makes up 1 percent of the general fund.

Los Alamos Federated Republican Women Meet At Justice Center Noon Wednesday

on April 13, 2015 - 12:20pm


The April meeting of the Los Alamos Federated Republican Women (LAFRW) is set for noon, Wednesday at Ashly Pond, for an abbreviated business meeting.

When the business meeting is concluded, The group will then tour the Justice Center and Municipal Judge Alan Kirk will present a talk about his responsibilities as judge and an overview of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, for which he is a co-founder and chairman. 

LAFRW will hold its business meeting first in conference room at the Justice Center.

Critical Funding Vetoed For Magistrate Courts

on April 10, 2015 - 6:57am

Courtesy/NM Courts




SANTA FE – Artie Pepin, director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, issued the following statement about court funding in HB2:


As for the overall budget, Pepin said: “The courts will receive a modest budget increase next year that is essential for fulfilling our responsibility to provide fair and timely justice for New Mexico’s citizens.”


“The Judiciary appreciates that the Governor agreed to state budget provisions that will provide a total increase of $627,700 next year for treatment services for drug courts statewide.

Judge Sentences Stephen M. Geisik Of Los Alamos To 364 Days In Jail In Child Molestation Case

on April 8, 2015 - 12:17pm
Staff Report

Judge Mary Marlowe-Sommer orders convicted child molester Stephen M. Geisik of Los Alamos to serve 364 days in the Los Alamos County Jail.

Geisik, 23, was facing more than 30 years in prison for his April 2012 charge of criminal sexual penetration of a child less than 13 years of age. Los Alamos police also charged Geisik, who was 21 years old at the time, with contributing to the delinquency of a child.

The judge sentenced Geisik for these crimes during a District Court hearing Monday at the Justice Center in Los Alamos.

"He was facing 3 years to 31.5 years," Prosecuting

AG Announces Completion of Internal Review Of Pending Litigation Involving Outside Counsel

on March 30, 2015 - 1:47pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas


  • AG confident that pending cases can move forward as meritorious

SANTA FE — Today New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the completion of an office-wide review of all pending litigation involving outside counsel.

Moving forward, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is committed to utilizing a set of best practices to ensure the Office takes on only meritorious cases that are in the best interest of New Mexicans, as stated in today's news release.

“As Attorney General, I am committed to operating an open and transparent

CASA: Make A Difference - Be A Child's Voice

on March 3, 2015 - 12:07pm
CASA News:
CASA is an organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to be strong advocates for children who have been abused.
Our advocates are the “eyes and ears” of the Court and report to the Judge as to the wellbeing of the children they are assigned to. Our volunteers make a difference in the lives of children who’ve been hurt and need a caring and trustworthy adult in their lives.
We are looking for individuals who are passionate about advocating for children, who can be objective and report the facts to the Court, and who can work as part of a team of

Electronic Payments Allowed For Court Fines, Fees

on February 27, 2015 - 12:04pm


SANTA FE – State courts have launched a new system allowing online payments of traffic tickets as well as fines and fees owed in criminal cases in magistrate courts and the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

Payments can be made from the following court website using a credit card or debit card:

“Our courts are providing a secure, convenient method for paying fines and fees,” said Artie Pepin, director of the Administrative Office of the Courts. “The electronic payment system saves time and money for the public.

Governor Appoints LAHS Graduate Jennifer Attrep To First Judicial District Court

on February 24, 2015 - 7:55pm

Jennifer Attrep. Courtesy photo


SANTA FE—Gov. Susana Martinez today announced the appointment of Los Alamos High School graduate Jennifer Attrep to the First Judicial District Court.

Attrep’s appointment fills the vacancy created by the non-retention of Judge Sheri Raphaelson. Attrep has previously served as a judge with the First Judicial District Court. She has a diverse background of legal experience, including criminal law, civil rights, contracts, securities and other areas.

Attrep holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and a

Bartram Speaks On Teen Court

on February 14, 2015 - 9:26am

Jennifer Bartram

Los Alamos Kiwanis

Jennifer Bartram, coordinator of the Los Alamos Teen Court, provided an interesting summary of her work during a Feb. 3 talk to Kiwanis.

She handed out a one-page flyer, which included the following basic description:

“What is Teen Court? Teen Court is a nationally recognized early intervention and restorative justice program for juveniles (ages 12-18). It is a diversionary court that keeps first-time offenders with traffic infractions and misdemeanor offenses out of the traditional court system.

FBI: Shiprock Man Sentenced To Prison For Federal Assault Conviction

on February 4, 2015 - 9:14am

FBI News:
  • Defendant Prosecuted as Part of Federal Initiative to Address the Epidemic Incidence of Violence Against Native Women

ALBUQUERQUE—Algar Horsechief, 27, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for his conviction on two assault charges.

Horsechief was arrested Aug.

It’s The Thinking, Not The Drinking! Effective Underage Drinking Prevention Talk At Smith Auditorium Thursday

on February 3, 2015 - 2:40pm

Tracy Juechter


Tracy Juechter, MA in school counseling, will be giving a demonstration of the Alcohol Literacy Challenge (ALC) underage drinking prevention program 5:30-6 p.m., Thursday at Duane Smith Auditorium.

The ALC has been proven to reduce underage and binge drinking in six published studies. The program challenges a person’s expectancies (i.e., beliefs) about alcohol by teaching that most of the good effects of drinking are caused by the mental associations a person has with alcohol, rather than the actual chemical effects alcohol causes in a person’s body.


Watch Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni Of Los Alamos On Video Offering Nuclear Weapons To Venezuela

on February 1, 2015 - 2:55pm

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni meeting with 'Jimenez' in a hotel room. Screen shot/FBI video

FBI News:

In FBI undercover video and audio recordings, Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni of Los Alamos explains to undercover agent Jimenez that he had a "top of the top" clearance and that he held a security clearance from the Department of Defense and from the Department of Energy.

Mascheroni, 79, a naturalized U.S.

Former Los Alamos Scientist Sentenced To 60 Months For Atomic Energy Act Violations

on January 28, 2015 - 3:26pm

Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez for the District of New Mexico, Assistant Director Randall C. Coleman of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division and Special Agent in Charge Carol K.O.

PEC Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster Of Los Alamos Sworn Into Office

on January 8, 2015 - 5:31pm

Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados swears in PEC Commissioner Karyl Ann Armbruster (Dist. 4) this afternoon at the Justice Center. Courtesy photo

Former Employee Files Suit Against LANS, Co-workers

on December 27, 2014 - 1:27pm
Los Alamos Daily Post

A former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee filed suit Dec. 11 in First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe against Los Alamos National Security, LLC and three co-workers.

Suzanne D. Coyne issued the complaint against LANS and three co-workers including Nicholas Degidio, Gail McGuire and Jackie Little. Coyne's husband Robert J. Coyne Sr., joined her in the court action filed through their attorney, Paul W. Grace, Esq.

Grace spoke with the Los Alamos Daily Post and said that the complaint he filed on behalf of his clients is grounded on the

Municipal Court Closed Dec. 25-26

on December 24, 2014 - 8:07am


The Los Alamos County Municipal Court will be closed Dec. 25-26 for the Christmas holiday.

The court we will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 29.

Direct questions to 505.662.8025.


Sharon Marinuzzi Joins All-Woman Trinity Law Firm

on December 5, 2014 - 12:05pm
Los Alamos lawyers, from left, Jacqueline Marrast-Simpson, Laurie Gallegos and Sharon Marinuzzi in their conference room at Trinity Law Firm. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Trinity Law Firm really began in 1994 when attorney Mary Walz hired Laurie Gallegos, just out of law school. Gallegos left to work at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1997. She enjoyed her work there, practicing in the area of employment law and litigation, but she wanted more flexibility and to have her own practice.

Los Alamos Widower Agrees With Probation For Steven Fode Saying It's What His Wife Would Have Wanted

on November 8, 2014 - 7:35pm

Steven Fode


Los Alamos Daily Post

Widower Ed Lang told the Los Alamos Daily Post today that his wife would not have wanted to see the young man serve jail time who was charged in her death.

"When the district attorney brought us in and read us this plea agreement in September, I agreed because Emily would not want to see this kid go to jail ... everyone who knew Emily would know that she would have felt it served no useful purpose," Lang said.

Steven Fode, 25, of Santa Fe was driving his truck on Main Street in Central Park Square July 16 when he realized he could

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados Expresses Thanks

on November 5, 2014 - 11:22am
Los Alamos Magistrate Court

Thank you, voters of Los Alamos. It is an honor and privilege to serve as the Los Alamos County Magistrate Judge. 

I thank you for your vote of confidence. I promise to uphold the law and pursue fairness, understanding, honesty and integrity as I humbly serve as your Magistrate Judge

I would also like to thank my family, their support and guidance has been unwavering. Thank you to Nan Holmes, your hard work and ready smile has been wonderful. I don’t know what I would have done without them. Friends, thank you for all the encouragement.

Letter to the Editor: Vote To Improve Public Safety - Vote Against Retaining Judge Sheri Raphaelson

on November 2, 2014 - 7:43am
Los Alamos

It's been gratifying to see the several letters against retaining Judge Sheri Raphaelson. I am one of the victims in the 2013 Aaron Nguyen case memorialized as "catch and release".

I was in court at all three hearings before Judge Raphaelson. At these hearings, victims and other concerned neighbors spoke out to oppose the plea deal and ask the court to require accountability. We told the court the details of having our lives and homes violated, and talked about our ongoing stress. We reminded the court that Mr.