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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...

Morris v. Brandenburg  
Date: June 30, 2016
Docket Number: 35,478

Justia Opinion Summary: The question this case presented for the New Mexico Supreme Court's review centered on whether a mentally-competent-but-terminally-ill patient had a constitutional right to have a willing physician, consistent with accep...

State v. Sloan
Date: June 23, 2016
Docket Number: 34,858
New Mexico v.Thomas  
Date: June 20, 2016
Docket Number: 34,042

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, Guadalupe Ashford’s body was found partially hidden behind a trash can at the edge of a small parking lot. Drag marks and blood spatter indicated that Ashford had initially been assaulted in the lot and then dra...

Hamaatsa, Inc. v. Pueblo of San Felipe  
Date: June 16, 2016
Docket Number: 34,287

Justia Opinion Summary: The Pueblo of San Felipe (Pueblo) appealed a Court of Appeals decision declining to extend the Pueblo immunity from suit. Hamaatsa, Inc. (Hamaatsa) owned land in Sandoval County. Adjacent to Hamaatsa’s property was land...

In re: Jason S. Montclare, Esquire
Date: June 16, 2016
Docket Number: 34,920
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