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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
New Mexico v. Armijo  
Date: June 13, 2016
Docket Number: 34,400

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Edward Armijo was convicted for driving while intoxicated (DWI). The district court affirmed his conviction, but the Court of Appeal reversed. The New Mexico Supreme Court granted certiorari to consider the Sta...

New Mexico v. Madonda  
Date: June 13, 2016
Docket Number: 34,667

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Muziwokuthula Madonda was interrogated after he was arrested for the deaths of two men in Tucumcari. At the outset, law enforcement officers advised Defendant of his Miranda rights, and he unequivocally invoked...

State v. Jones
Date: June 9, 2016
Docket Number: 34,953
State v. Lovett
Date: June 2, 2016
Docket Number: 34,815
State v. Arredondo-Soto
Date: June 2, 2016
Docket Number: 35,112
New Mexico v. Tufts  
Date: June 2, 2016
Docket Number: 35,255

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Robert Tufts, a man in his late thirties, filmed himself masturbating, saved the electronic image on a secure digital (SD) memory card, inserted the card into a cell phone, handed the cell phone to a fifteen-ye...

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