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Clark v. Mitchell
Date: December 21, 2015
Docket Number: 35,075

Justia Opinion Summary: There was only one judge on the Tenth Judicial District Court which had jurisdiction over the counties of Quay, DeBaca, and Harding. In 2008, Albert J. Mitchell, Jr. won a contested election for Tenth Judicial District j...

Moses v. Skandera
Date: December 17, 2015
Docket Number: 34,974

Madrid v. Brinker Rest. Corp.
Date: December 10, 2015
Docket Number: 34,146

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Mary Ann Madrid appealed the grant of summary judgment in favor of Brinker Restaurant Corporation and its employee Randi Russell on the issue of causation. This case arose out of a tragic motorcycle accident th...

New Mexico v. Surratt
Date: December 10, 2015
Docket Number: 35,049

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a second trial, Defendant Danny Surratt was convicted of criminal sexual penetration of a minor. Defendant appealed his conviction, claiming the district attorney serving as special prosecutor at the second tri...

N.M. Dep't of Workforce Solutions v. Garduno
Date: November 19, 2015
Docket Number: 34,546

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent Nancy Garduno was ineligible for unemployment benefits because her employer terminated her for misconduct connected with her employment. The Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solution...

New Mexico v. Nichols
Date: November 19, 2015
Docket Number: 34,549

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Jeremy Nichols of child abuse resulting in death or great bodily harm, finding him guilty on a theory of negligently permitting medical neglect of his six-month-old son Kaden Nichols that allegedly resul...

New Mexico v. Serros
Date: November 12, 2015
Docket Number: 34,637

Justia Opinion Summary: Four years and three months after Defendant Mark Serros was arrested and charged with sexually abusing his nephew, the district court dismissed his case, concluding that his right to a speedy trial under the Sixth Amendm...

Moses v. Skandera
Date: November 12, 2015
Docket Number: 34,974

Justia Opinion Summary: The New Mexico Department of Public Education’s (Department) Instructional Material Bureau purchases non-religious instructional materials selected by public or private schools, with funds appropriated by the Legislature...

State v. Stanfield
Date: November 9, 2015
Docket Number: 34,817

Robinson v. Bd. of Comm'rs of the Cty. of Eddy
Date: October 30, 2015
Docket Number: 35,160

Justia Opinion Summary: The County Assessor for Eddy County sought to use money in a county property valuation fund (as established by the Legislature in 1986) to contract with a private company for technical assistance in locating and valuing...

New Mexico v. Davis
Date: October 19, 2015
Docket Number: 34,548

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Norman Davis was convicted of possession of marijuana after New Mexico State Police consensually searched his greenhouse and seized 14 marijuana plants. That search was the result of “Operation Yerba Buena 2006...

New Mexico v. DeAngelo M.
Date: October 15, 2015
Docket Number: 34,995

Justia Opinion Summary: DeAngelo M. (Child) was thirteen years and eight days old when, during a custodial interrogation by three law enforcement officers, he made inculpatory statements regarding a burglary, which connected him to a murder. Ha...

N.M. Att'y. Gen. v. N.M. Pub. Regulation Comm'n
Date: September 28, 2015
Docket Number: 34,768

Justia Opinion Summary: The Public Regulation Commission (PRC) granted Southwestern Public Service Company’s (SPS) application to: (1) include a prepaid pension asset in its rate base in order for SPS to earn a return on this asset; and (2) obt...

State v. Pagan-Rivera
Date: September 17, 2015
Docket Number: 34,832

Badilla v. Wal-Mart Stores East Inc.
Date: September 10, 2015
Docket Number: 34,085

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Kenneth Badilla bought a pair of work boots at Wal-Mart. He claimed the soles of the boots came unglued, causing him to trip and injure his back. More than three years later, he sued Wal-Mart and its store mana...

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