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New Mexico v. Favela
Date: January 12, 2015
Docket Number: 34,311

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Cesar Favela filed a motion requesting permission to withdraw his guilty plea, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel after his attorney failed to advise him that his guilty plea would result in deportation...

Potter v. Pierce
Date: January 8, 2015
Docket Number: 34,365

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review was one of res judicata, and whether the preclusive effect of a fee proceeding in bankruptcy court on a later lawsuit for legal malpractice allegedly committed...

State v. Charlie
Date: December 18, 2014
Docket Numbers: 34,487, 34,488

In re Mahdjid B. and Aliah B.
Date: December 15, 2014
Docket Number: 34,583

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent-guardian Djamila B. was appointed by a family court as kinship guardian to children Mahdjid and Aliah. Children, Youth & Families Department (CYFD) brought abuse and neglect proceedings against the guardian an...

New Mexico ex rel. Cisneros v. Martinez
Date: December 4, 2014
Docket Number: 34,646

Justia Opinion Summary: In the 2014 legislative session, the New Mexico Legislature passed the General Appropriations Act of 2014, which included a pair of salary increases for judges and justices of the state judiciary. The first increase was...

Benavides v. Eastern N.M. Med. Ctr.
Date: November 6, 2014
Docket Number: 34,128

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review stemmed from a worker's compensation claim. Specifically, the issue the Court had to determine was whether a “wet floor” sign was a safety device and whether a...

New Mexico v. Brown
Date: November 6, 2014
Docket Number: 34,531

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Walter Brown was arrested in 2011, and indicted two weeks later on an array of charges, including first-degree felony murder and, alternatively, second-degree murder. The district court imposed a $250,000 cash...

New Mexico v. Antonio T.
Date: October 23, 2014
Docket Numbers: 33,997, 33,999

Justia Opinion Summary: Antonio T., a seventeen-year-old high school student, was taken to the principal's office because he was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. The assistant principal questioned Antonio about his possession...

Vaughan v. St. Vincent Hospital
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 33,770

Justia Opinion Summary: In August 2002, plaintiff William Vaughan went to the emergency room at St. Vincent Hospital complaining of symptoms that included abdominal pain. In this medical negligence case, Vaughan alleged that, as the result of a...

In the Matter of Grace H.
Date: September 18, 2014
Docket Number: 34,126

First Baptist Church of Roswell v. Yates Petroleum Corp.
Date: September 15, 2014
Docket Number: 33,632

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the Supreme Court's review centered on whether payees who are entitled to interest on suspended oil and gas royalty payments could contract away their statutorily mandated interest payme...

Las Cruces v. Pub. Reg. Comm.
Date: September 11, 2014
Docket Number: 34,339

Living Cross Ambulance Serv. v. N.M. Pub. Regulation Comm'n
Date: September 8, 2014
Docket Number: 34,366

Justia Opinion Summary: There is no hospital in Valencia County. People in Valencia County who are faced with a medical emergency must deal with the emergency itself, and find a way to travel twenty to thirty-five miles to an Albuquerque hospit...

Starko, Inc. v. New Mexico Human Servs. Dep't
Date: August 25, 2014
Docket Number: 33,382

Justia Opinion Summary: In consolidated appeals, the issue this case presented to the New Mexico Supreme Court was whether pharmacists who dispense prescription drugs to Medicaid recipients must be paid under the formula set forth in NMSA 1978,...

New Mexico v. Consaul
Date: August 21, 2014
Docket Number: 33,483

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury returned a guilty verdict against defendant for intentional and negligent child abuse causing great bodily harm to an infant, which the Court of Appeals affirmed in a memorandum opinion. Upon review of the case, t...

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