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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...

New Mexico v. Merhege  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 34,775

Justia Opinion Summary: Shortly before 4:00 am with a police officer in pursuit, Defendant Trevor Merhege ran through the front yard of a private residence that was enclosed by a three-foot-high wall. He became entangled on a chain link fence a...

Stump v. DOA
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 35,912
Montano v. Frezza  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: 35,214

Justia Opinion Summary: Kimberly Montano, a New Mexico resident, sought bariatric surgery for her obesity in early 2004. At that time Eldo Frezza, M.D. was the only doctor from whom Montano could receive that surgery and still be covered by her...

New Mexico v. Linares  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 35,407

Justia Opinion Summary: A court-appointed psychologist evaluated Defendant Desiree Linares and recommended that she be found incompetent to stand trial due to mental retardation. The State doubted the psychologist’s testing methodology and conc...

State v. Gonzales
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 35,926
In re Chavez, cons. with In re Gallegos
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 35,469
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