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Cahn v. Berryman  
Date: November 20, 2017
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35302

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Sarah Cahn invoked the due process exception to the New Mexico Medical Malpractice Act (MMA), but did not file her late-accruing medical malpractice claim against Respondent John Berryman, M.D. within twelve m...

State v. Warren
Date: November 9, 2017
Docket Number: 35,666
State v. Warren
Date: November 9, 2017
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35666
New Mexico v. Davis  
Date: November 9, 2017
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35976

Justia Opinion Summary: This case concerned the inventory search exception to the warrant requirement. Wesley Davis was arrested for operating a motorcycle without a license. Davis was carrying a backpack; during the stop, an Eddy County sherif...

New Mexico v. Ochoa  
Date: October 23, 2017
Docket Number: S-1-SC-34630

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant John Ochoa appealed his convictions relating to criminal sexual contact of a minor, and the Court of Appeals reversed on speedy trial grounds. Defendant was arrested in 2008. Prior to a mistrial in 2010, trial...

State v. Franklin
Date: October 19, 2017
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35577
New Mexico v. Baroz  
Date: October 5, 2017
Docket Number: S-1-SC-34839

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted defendant Benjamin David Baroz III of felony murder based on the predicate felony of shooting at or from a motor vehicle, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of drug par...

State v. Romero
Date: October 5, 2017
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35780
New Mexico v. Vargas  
Date: October 5, 2017
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36197

Justia Opinion Summary: In the early morning April 23, 2011, the Bernalillo County Sheriff Department was conducting a DWI checkpoint in Albuquerque. Defendant Laressa Vargas was pulled over as part of the checkpoint. The Deputy at the checkpoi...

Albuquerque Cab Co. v. N.M. Pub. Regulation Comm'n
Date: September 18, 2017
Docket Number: 36,169
Albuquerque Cab Company, Inc. v. New Mexico Public Regulation Comm'n  
Date: September 17, 2017
Docket Numbers: 36,169, 36,174

Justia Opinion Summary: The New Mexico Supreme Court consolidated two separate appeals of a final order of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) that granted a taxicab certificate to Q Cab, LLC for new taxicab service in Albuquerque...

New Mexico v. Castro  
Date: August 24, 2017
Docket Number: 36,062

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Jesus Castro was charged with two counts of criminal sexual penetration. Defendant had two trials: the first resulted in a mistrial, and after the second, a jury convicted him of one count of forced penile pene...

El Castillo Ret. Residences v. Martinez  
Date: August 17, 2017
Docket Number: 35,148

Justia Opinion Summary: Respondent El Castillo Retirement Residences was a self-sustaining retirement and continuing care community, funded entirely by admission and monthly fees paid by residents who have met El Castillo’s requirements for suf...

State v. Mendoza
Date: August 7, 2017
Docket Number: 35,837
New Mexico ex rel. League of Women Voters v. Advisory Comm. to the N.M. Compilation Comm'n  
Date: August 3, 2017
Docket Number: 35,524

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner League of Women Voters of New Mexico sought a writ of mandamus directing Respondent Advisory Committee to the New Mexico Compilation Commission, to effectuate the compilation of three constitutional amendments...

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