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New Mexico v. Franklin  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35995

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Corey Franklin pled guilty to one count of first-degree, willful and deliberate murder, the only offense currently designated as a “capital felony,” in exchange for life in prison with a possibility of parole....

Enduro Operating LLC v. Echo Prod., Inc.  
Date: February 15, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36225

Justia Opinion Summary: Enduro Operating, LLC and Echo Production, Inc. were two of several parties to a joint operating agreement (JOA). Under the JOA, Echo, as a party wishing to undertake a new drilling project, had to provide notice of the...

Progressive Cas. Co. v. Vigil  
Date: February 12, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35130

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose out of a dispute between insureds, Nancy Vigil and her stepson Martin Vigil, and their insurance company, Progressive Casualty Insurance Company, as to whether the Vigils’ policy was in effect at the time...

N.M. Pub. Educ. Dep't v. Zuni Pub. Sch. Dist. #89  
Date: February 12, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36009

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue this case presented for the New Mexico Supreme Court’s review centered on whether the New Mexico Public Education Department could take into consideration federal impact aid payments a school district receives,...

New Mexico v. Torres  
Date: February 8, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35477

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Noe Torres appealed his convictions on multiple offenses arising from the shooting into a home that missed the intended victim but resulted in the killing of a young boy. Among other questions he raised were se...

State v. Carmona
Date: January 25, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36031
Beaudry v. Farmers Ins. Exch.  
Date: January 22, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36181

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and the corporate Defendants freely negotiated and entered into a clear and unambiguous contract for Plaintiff to sell their insurance policies. In the contract, Plaintiff consented to a provision allowing Defe...

New Mexico v. Filemon V.  
Date: January 18, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35104

Justia Opinion Summary: The State of New Mexico appealed the suppression of two statements made by sixteen-year-old Filemon V. Filemon made the first statement to his probation officers. The New Mexico Supreme Court held that, absent a valid wa...

New Mexico v. Groves  
Date: January 11, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36363

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Elexus Groves was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder and other serious felony offenses. In this interlocutory appeal, she challenged a district court order of pretrial detention that was based on tw...

New Mexico ex rel. Torrez v. Whitaker  
Date: January 11, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36379

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the New Mexico Supreme Court was asked to address the nature of evidentiary presentation required by the new detention authority approved by the New Mexico Legislature in February 2016 and passed by New Mex...

New Mexico v. Maestas  
Date: January 8, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-34798

Justia Opinion Summary: The New Mexico Supreme Court examined whether the constitutional right to confrontation was forfeited as a result of a defendant’s own wrongdoing. Specifically, the Court questioned whether the wrongdoing required an ove...

Tran v. Bennett  
Date: January 4, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-34789

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved three people who agreed to co-parent one minor Child: Tue Thi Tran (Mother); Clinton Demmon (Demmon), Child’s biological father and Mother’s current partner; and Robert Bennett (Bennett), who was marri...

New Mexico v. Martinez  
Date: January 4, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35116

Justia Opinion Summary: Police Sergeant George Rascon pulled over Defendant Jennifer Martinez for failing to stop at a stop sign and, as a result, the police obtained evidence that led to Defendant’s arrest and conviction for driving while into...

New Mexico v. McDowell  
Date: January 4, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35245

Justia Opinion Summary: Following a jury trial, Defendant John “Jack” McDowell was convicted of first- degree murder and tampering with evidence. During trial, the prosecutor elicited testimony from the arresting detective, without objection, t...

State v. Ramirez
Date: January 4, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35566
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