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Cordova v. Cline  
Date: May 22, 2017
Docket Number: 34,093

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioners who pursue the recall of a local school board member under the Recall Act are entitled to the procedural protections of the New Mexico statute prohibiting strategic litigation against public participation (An...

New Mexico v. Phillips  
Date: May 15, 2017
Docket Number: 35,881

Justia Opinion Summary: This case addressed the procedure for determining whether a jury was deadlocked. In this case, the jury announced that it was hung on Count 1, which required it to consider whether Defendant Clive Phillips was guilty of...

In re Venie
Date: May 11, 2017
Docket Number: 36,175
New Mexico v. Le Mier  
Date: April 27, 2017
Docket Number: 34,830

Justia Opinion Summary: The New Mexico Supreme Court clarified the circumstances under which a court may permissibly exclude a witness as a discovery sanction. Defendant-appellant Ashley Le Mier unsuccessfully attempted to smuggle illegal subst...

New Mexico v. Merhege  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: 34,775

Justia Opinion Summary: Shortly before 4:00 am with a police officer in pursuit, Defendant Trevor Merhege ran through the front yard of a private residence that was enclosed by a three-foot-high wall. He became entangled on a chain link fence a...

Stump v. DOA
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: 35,912
Montano v. Frezza  
Date: March 13, 2017
Docket Number: 35,214

Justia Opinion Summary: Kimberly Montano, a New Mexico resident, sought bariatric surgery for her obesity in early 2004. At that time Eldo Frezza, M.D. was the only doctor from whom Montano could receive that surgery and still be covered by her...

New Mexico v. Linares  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: 35,407

Justia Opinion Summary: A court-appointed psychologist evaluated Defendant Desiree Linares and recommended that she be found incompetent to stand trial due to mental retardation. The State doubted the psychologist’s testing methodology and conc...

State v. Gonzales
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: 35,926
In re Chavez, cons. with In re Gallegos
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 35,469
Crum v. Duran  
Date: February 6, 2017
Docket Number: 36,030

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner and Albuquerque resident David Crum was registered to vote in New Mexico as a qualified voter who declined to designate or state his political party affiliation (DTS). He sought to vote during the 2014 primary...

New Mexico v. Suazo  
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 35,508

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Marcos Suazo became agitated while roughhousing with his friend Matthew Vigil. Suazo retrieved his shotgun and pointed it at Vigil. Vigil grabbed the shotgun and placed the barrel in his mouth. Suazo pulled the...

Phoenix Funding, LLC v. Aurora Loan Servs., LLC  
Date: January 26, 2017
Docket Number: 35,512

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the New Mexico Supreme Court’s review was whether a 2009 default foreclosure judgment could be collaterally attacked based on assertions that the judgment was void for lack of jurisdicti...

New Mexico v. Begay  
Date: January 23, 2017
Docket Number: 35,751

Justia Opinion Summary: Trevor Begay pleaded no contest to a petty misdemeanor count of battery. The County Magistrate Court imposed a 182-day sentence, suspended 171 days, credited Begay with 11 days of pre-sentence confinement, and imposed su...

Living Cross Ambulance v. PRC
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: 35,590
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