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N.M. Dep't of Workforce Solutions v. Garduno
Date: November 19, 2015
Docket Number: 34,546

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Nancy Garduno was ineligible for unemployment benefits because her employer terminated her for misconduct connected with her employment. The Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solution...

New Mexico v. Nichols
Date: November 19, 2015
Docket Number: 34,549

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Jeremy Nichols of child abuse resulting in death or great bodily harm, finding him guilty on a theory of negligently permitting medical neglect of his six-month-old son Kaden Nichols that allegedly resul...

New Mexico v. Serros
Date: November 12, 2015
Docket Number: 34,637

Justia Opinion Summary: Four years and three months after Defendant Mark Serros was arrested and charged with sexually abusing his nephew, the district court dismissed his case, concluding that his right to a speedy trial under the Sixth Amendm...

Moses v. Skandera
Date: November 12, 2015
Docket Number: 34,974

Justia Opinion Summary: The New Mexico Department of Public Education’s (Department) Instructional Material Bureau purchases non-religious instructional materials selected by public or private schools, with funds appropriated by the Legislature...

State v. Stanfield
Date: November 9, 2015
Docket Number: 34,817

Robinson v. Bd. of Comm'rs of the Cty. of Eddy
Date: October 30, 2015
Docket Number: 35,160

Justia Opinion Summary: The County Assessor for Eddy County sought to use money in a county property valuation fund (as established by the Legislature in 1986) to contract with a private company for technical assistance in locating and valuing...

New Mexico v. Davis
Date: October 19, 2015
Docket Number: 34,548

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Norman Davis was convicted of possession of marijuana after New Mexico State Police consensually searched his greenhouse and seized 14 marijuana plants. That search was the result of “Operation Yerba Buena 2006...

New Mexico v. DeAngelo M.
Date: October 15, 2015
Docket Number: 34,995

Justia Opinion Summary: DeAngelo M. (Child) was thirteen years and eight days old when, during a custodial interrogation by three law enforcement officers, he made inculpatory statements regarding a burglary, which connected him to a murder. Ha...

N.M. Att'y. Gen. v. N.M. Pub. Regulation Comm'n
Date: September 28, 2015
Docket Number: 34,768

Justia Opinion Summary: The Public Regulation Commission (PRC) granted Southwestern Public Service Company’s (SPS) application to: (1) include a prepaid pension asset in its rate base in order for SPS to earn a return on this asset; and (2) obt...

State v. Pagan-Rivera
Date: September 17, 2015
Docket Number: 34,832

Badilla v. Wal-Mart Stores East Inc.
Date: September 10, 2015
Docket Number: 34,085

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Kenneth Badilla bought a pair of work boots at Wal-Mart. He claimed the soles of the boots came unglued, causing him to trip and injure his back. More than three years later, he sued Wal-Mart and its store mana...

New Mexico v. King
Date: September 10, 2015
Citation: 2015-NMSC-030
Docket Number: 34,311

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with and convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and tampering with evidence. The district court sentenced Defe...

New Mexico v. King
Date: September 10, 2015
Docket Number: 34,411

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Donovan King and Justin Mark arrived at Kevin Lossiah’s apartment the morning of May 29, 2011. Initially, Lossiah’s neighbors saw Defendant and Mark outside the apartment. The neighbor later heard banging comin...

New Mexico v. Paananen
Date: September 10, 2015
Docket Number: 34,526

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, police officers made their arrest for shoplifting at the scene of the crime, without any prior opportunity to secure a warrant. Surveillance cameras at Sportsman’s Warehouse in Albuquerque caught defendant...

King v. Raphaelson
Date: August 20, 2015
Docket Number: 34,985

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, the Governor appointed District Judge Sheri Raphaelson to fill a vacancy in Division V of the First Judicial District Court created when then-District Judge Tim Garcia was appointed to the New Mexico Court of Ap...

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