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Recent Decisions From the New Mexico Supreme Court

Saenz v. Ranack Constructors, Inc.  
Date: April 30, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35515

Justia Opinion Summary: In a wrongful death action, the jury returned a special verdict that awarded damages to the individual loss-of-consortium claimants but not to the decedent’s estate. The decedent’s surviving spouse and children (collecti...

New Mexico v. Martinez  
Date: April 23, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35757

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Isaac Martinez and Carla Casias were each indicted on one count of armed robbery and one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Early in the investigation of the robbery, a police detective enlisted the...

New Mexico v. Ameer  
Date: April 23, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36395

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2009, the New Mexico legislative and executive branches statutorily abolished capital punishment for first-degree murder, the only remaining New Mexico crime carrying a potential death sentence, for all offenses commi...

New Mexico v. Radosevich  
Date: April 12, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35864

Justia Opinion Summary: Just after midnight on September 8, 2012, Defendant John Radosevich’s neighbor called 911 to report that Defendant was yelling obscenities and throwing objects into his yard. After calling the police, the neighbor walked...

Ira v. Janecka  
Date: March 9, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35657

Justia Opinion Summary: Three federal Supreme Court cases created a special category under the Eighth Amendment for juvenile offenders whose culpability was mitigated by adolescence and immaturity. "The cases recognize that a juvenile is more l...

New Mexico v. Arvizo  
Date: March 9, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36000

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Oscar Arvizo was found guilty of two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor (CSCM) by a person in a position of authority, one in the second degree and one in the third degree. The Court of Appeals rever...

Gila Res. Info. Project v. N.M. Water Quality Control Comm'n  
Date: March 8, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35279

Justia Opinion Summary: In September 2013, the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (Commission) adopted the Copper Mine Rule, 20.6.7 NMAC (Copper Rule). Petitioners argued the Copper Rule violates the Water Quality Act (WQA) because it...

State v. Gardner
Date: March 8, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35981
Freeman v. Fairchild  
Date: March 5, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-34929

Justia Opinion Summary: Paul Fairchild Jr. asked the district court to grant summary judgment on his cross-claims against Defendants Richard Love and R.H. Love Galleries, Inc. (collectively Love) on the ground that Love failed to timely file a...

New Mexico v. Galindo  
Date: March 5, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35382

Justia Opinion Summary: The New Mexico Supreme Court affirmed Defendant Juan Galindo’s convictions for child abuse resulting in the death of his twenty-eight-day-old daughter (Baby) and his convictions for two counts of aggravated criminal sexu...

Pacheco v. Hudson  
Date: March 5, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35445

Justia Opinion Summary: Early in the proceedings in New Mexico ex rel. King v. Valley Meat Co., LLC, No. D-101- 3 CV-2013-3197 (Valley Meat case), A. Blair Dunn, counsel for Valley Meat Co., e-mailed an Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) r...

New Energy Econ. v. N.M. Pub. Regulation Comm'n  
Date: March 5, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35697

Justia Opinion Summary: New Energy Economy, Inc. (NEE) appealed a final order issued by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC). NEE contended the PRC violated New Mexico law by approving a contested stipulation granting the Public Se...

Garcia v. Hatch Valley Pub. Schs.  
Date: March 1, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35641

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Natalie Garcia (née Watkins), sued her former employer, Defendant Hatch Valley Public Schools (HVPS), for employment discrimination under the New Mexico Human Rights Act (NMHRA). Plaintiff alleged that HVPS ter...

New Mexico v. Chakerian  
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35121

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the New Mexico Supreme Court's review centered on: (1) whether the arresting officer denied Defendant Stefan Chakerian the right to an independent chemical test in addition to one admin...

New Mexico v. Tapia  
Date: February 22, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35183

Justia Opinion Summary: In an issue of first impression, the New Mexico Supreme Court addressed an issue of whether evidence of non-violent crimes committed in the presence of a police officer after an unconstitutional traffic stop had to be su...

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