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Yedidag v. Roswell Clinic Corp.
Date: February 19, 2015
Docket Number: 34,286

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Dr. Emre Yedidag was an employee-physician for Roswell Clinic Corp. and Roswell Hospital Corp. (Eastern New Mexico Medical Center). During a peer review of another Eastern employee-physician, Dr. Akbar Ali, Dr...

New Mexico v. Astorga
Date: February 16, 2015
Docket Number: 33,684

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Michael Astorga was convicted by jury of first degree murder, tampering with evidence, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. The State sought the death penalty; a sentencing jury could not unanimously a...

State v. Ferri
Date: February 9, 2015
Docket Number: 34,229

State v. Pfauntsch
Date: February 9, 2015
Docket Number: 34,476

New Mexico v. Silvas
Date: February 5, 2015
Docket Number: 34,271

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Donnie Silvas was convicted by jury of trafficking a controlled substance by possession with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to commit trafficking of the controlled substance. Both charges stemmed from one...

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

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