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Albuquerque Cab Co. v. N.M. Pub. Regulation Comm'n
Date: September 18, 2017
Docket Number: 36,169
Albuquerque Cab Company, Inc. v. New Mexico Public Regulation Comm'n  
Date: September 17, 2017
Docket Numbers: 36,169, 36,174

Justia Opinion Summary: The New Mexico Supreme Court consolidated two separate appeals of a final order of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) that granted a taxicab certificate to Q Cab, LLC for new taxicab service in Albuquerque...

New Mexico v. Castro  
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: 36,062

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Jesus Castro was charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration. Defendant had two trials: the first resulted in a mistrial, and after the second, a jury convicted him of one count of forced penile pene...

El Castillo Ret. Residences v. Martinez  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 35,148

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent El Castillo Retirement Residences was a self-sustaining retirement and continuing care community, funded entirely by admission and monthly fees paid by residents who have met El Castillo’s requirements for suf...

State v. Mendoza
Date: August 7, 2017
Docket Number: 35,837
New Mexico ex rel. League of Women Voters v. Advisory Comm. to the N.M. Compilation Comm'n  
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: 35,524

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner League of Women Voters of New Mexico sought a writ of mandamus directing Respondent Advisory Committee to the New Mexico Compilation Commission, to effectuate the compilation of three constitutional amendments...

New Mexico v. Carrillo  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 34,662

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Carlos Carrillo appealed his convictions for the murders of Christopher Kinney and Lyndsey Frost, tampering with evidence, and breaking and entering. Defendant argued: (1) the district court erred in allowing l...

In re Estate of McElveny  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 35,349

Justia Opinion Summary: Edward McElveny (McElveny) died intestate in 1991. In April 2013, McElveny’s grandson, Michael Phillips, filed an application with the Santa Fe County Probate Court (Probate Court) to be informally appointed personal rep...

State v. Deleon
Date: June 29, 2017
Docket Number: 34,808
New Mexico v. Rivas  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 34,252

Justia Opinion Summary: The New Mexico Supreme Court addressed the circumstances under which detectives may question a juvenile defendant in the absence of and without notification of a court-appointed attorney or court-appointed guardian ad li...

Thompson v. City of Albuquerque  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: 35,974

Justia Opinion Summary: The New Mexico Supreme Court concluded that the minor children of a parent whom they allege was wrongfully shot and killed by a law enforcement officer could: (1) sue for loss of consortium damages under the New Mexico T...

Cordova v. Cline  
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 34,093

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners who pursue the recall of a local school board member under the Recall Act are entitled to the procedural protections of the New Mexico statute prohibiting strategic litigation against public participation (An...

New Mexico v. Phillips  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 35,881

Justia Opinion Summary: This case addressed the procedure for determining whether a jury was deadlocked. In this case, the jury announced that it was hung on Count 1, which required it to consider whether Defendant Clive Phillips was guilty of...

In re Venie
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: 36,175
New Mexico v. Le Mier  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: 34,830

Justia Opinion Summary: The New Mexico Supreme Court clarified the circumstances under which a court may permissibly exclude a witness as a discovery sanction. Defendant-appellant Ashley Le Mier unsuccessfully attempted to smuggle illegal subst...

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