New Mexico v. Romero
Date: December 27, 2018
Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Andrew Romero appealed his convictions arising from the shooting death of Rio Rancho Police Officer Gregg Nigel Benner during a traffic stop. Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder; two counts of tamper...
New Mexico ex rel. CYFD v. Mercer-Smith
Date: December 20, 2018
Justia Opinion Summary: While the parties in this case litigated contempt proceedings over the course of seven years, the children at the center of the case aged out of the system and became peripheral to a nearly $4,000,000 judgment in favor...
Moses v. Ruszkowski
Date: December 13, 2018
Justia Opinion Summary: In Moses v. Skanders (Moses II), the New Mexico Supreme Court considered whether using public funds to lend textbooks to private school students violated Article XII, Section 3. In Moses II, the Court held the plain mean...
New Mexico v. Candelaria
Date: December 13, 2018
Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose from the tragic death of an innocent eight-year-old child as a result of a violent confrontation between two groups of men. A jury convicted defendant David Candelaria of first-degree depraved mind murder...
Lukens v. Franco
Date: November 29, 2018
Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner David Lukens, Jr. sought habeas relief, claiming he received ineffective assistance of appellate counsel. The issues he raised before the New Mexico Supreme Court centered on: (1) whether prejudice due to defi...
New Mexico v. Lewis
Date: November 1, 2018
Justia Opinion Summary: New Mexico prosecuted Defendant Kelson Lewis under a five-count indictment. The only count at issue in this appeal was Count 1, under which Defendant was charged with criminal sexual contact of a minor (CSCM). At the cl...
Baker v. Endeavor Servs.
Date: September 6, 2018
Justia Opinion Summary: Casey Baker (Worker) appealed a Workers’ Compensation Administration decision denying his request that Endeavor Services, Inc. and Great West Casualty Company (Employer) pay 100% of Worker’s attorney fees pursuant to the...
New Mexico v. Loza
Date: August 23, 2018
Justia Opinion Summary: On November 1, 2011, officers discovered Defendant Matias Loza smelling strongly of gasoline and cowering under a fifth-wheel trailer. One hundred yards away, a Suzuki automobile containing the human remains of Richard V...