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New Mexico v. Stephenson  
Date: September 26, 2016
Docket Number: 35,035

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Jennifer Stephenson placed her two-year-old son Isaiah in his room at bedtime and locked the door for the night. Isaiah’s father heard Isaiah whimpering the next morning and found him with his legs pinned betwe...

Dalton v. Santander Consumer USA, Inc.  
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: 35,101

Justia Opinion Summary: Eileen Dalton purchased two used cars under separate finance contracts which contained provisions that retained self-help remedies for both parties, and that allowed either party to compel arbitration of any claim or dis...

State Engineer v. Diamond K Bar Ranch, LLC  
Date: September 22, 2016
Docket Number: 35,446

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal, the issue presented for the New Mexico Supreme Court's review centered on the scope of the New Mexico State Engineer’s regulatory authority over use of surface water in New Mexico when it has been diverte...

State v. Rodriguez
Date: September 1, 2016
Docket Number: 34,581
New Mexico v. Garcia  
Date: August 25, 2016
Docket Number: 35,451

Justia Opinion Summary: Patricia Garcia induced an eighty-four-year-old widower, Page Kent, to believe that she was his loving partner and thereby gained access to his bank accounts and depleted over $50,000 of his life’s savings. A jury convic...

Noice v. BNSF Ry. Co.  
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 35,198

Justia Opinion Summary: Lenard E. Noice worked as a conductor for Petitioner BNSF Railway Company (BNSF). He fell from a BNSF train that was moving at speed and perished. Respondent, Lenard Noice II, acting as personal representative for Noice...

Flores v. Herrera  
Date: August 18, 2016
Docket Number: 35,286

Justia Opinion Summary: Mary Herrera, when acting as the Secretary of State, terminated the employment of two employees of the Secretary of State’s office, James Flores and Manny Vildasol. In separate actions, Flores and Vildasol each asserted...

New Mexico v. Samora  
Date: August 8, 2016
Docket Number: 34,733

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Anthony Samora was accused of luring a sixteen-year-old male into his truck by deception, driving him to a secluded location in Albuquerque, and then forcibly having sex. A jury convicted Defendant of second-de...

New Mexico v. Trammell  
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 34,826

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2004, defendant Lucas Trammell pled guilty in part, to false imprisonment of a minor victim. At the time, a conviction of false imprisonment of a minor victim required that defendant register as a sex offender under t...

State v. Torres
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 34,984
Castro-Montanez v. Milk-N-Autural
Date: August 4, 2016
Docket Number: 35,609
New Mexico v. Marquez  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: 34,418

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court addressed whether shooting at or from a motor vehicle could serve as a predicate for felony murder. A jury found Defendant Eric Marquez guilty of first-degree felony murder, and shooting from a motor ve...

State v. Montoya
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: 34,500
New Mexico v. Yazzie  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: 34,866

Justia Opinion Summary: While on routine patrol in San Juan County, New Mexico State Police Officer James Rempe entered the license plate number of the vehicle Defendant Joann Yazzie was driving into his patrol car’s mobile data terminal (MDT)....

Rodriguez v. Brand West Dairy  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Numbers: 35,426, 35,438

Justia Opinion Summary: These consolidated appeals presented an issue to the New Mexico Supreme Court on whether farm and ranch laborers' exclusion from coverage under the state Workers' Compensation Act violated the rights of those workers und...

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