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Recent Decisions From the New Mexico Supreme Court

State v. Gallegos
Date: March 21, 2019
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36110
State v. Ortiz
Date: March 4, 2019
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36788
Unite New Mexico v. Oliver  
Date: February 7, 2019
Docket Number: S-1-SC-37227

Justia Opinion Summary: The New Mexico Secretary of State sought to reinstate straight-ticket voting in the November 2018 general election. A coalition of voters, political parties, and political organizations (Petitioners) sought mandamus rel...

New Mexico v. Yazzie  
Date: January 24, 2019
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36508

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Nathaniel Yazzie entered a conditional plea of no contest to attempt to commit negligent child abuse following the district court’s denial of his motion to suppress. Defendant moved to suppress all of the evide...

In re Dixon
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: S-1-SC-37204
New Mexico v. Romero  
Date: December 27, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36229

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
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35427

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
Docket Number: S-1-SC-34974

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
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35887

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...

State v. Fuschini
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36489
Lukens v. Franco  
Date: November 29, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35491

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
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36428

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...

State v. Rodriguez
Date: September 20, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36459
Baker v. Endeavor Servs.  
Date: September 6, 2018
Docket Number: S-1-SC-36651

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
Docket Number: S-1-SC-35391

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...

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