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145 ABA Journal New Mexico articles.

Amazon disputes report that Alexa called 911 during a domestic assault

Sheriff’s deputies in Bernalillo County, New Mexico, were crediting digital assistant Alexa on Monday with initiating a emergency call during a domestic assault–but it couldn’t have happened, according to a…

Justice Department probes alleged abuses on prison transport vans

The Justice Department has opened a preliminary investigation into allegations of abuse by the nation’s largest for-profit extradition company, according to a Colorado man who said he was recently contacted…

New Mexico’s top court should acknowledge excessive PD workloads and craft remedy, ABA says

An amicus brief filed by the ABA says the New Mexico Supreme Court should acknowledge public defenders have excessive caseloads in Lea County and craft a remedy that considers lawyers’ ethical obligations.

Public defender is found in contempt for refusing cases; DA asks state supreme court to intervene

New Mexico’s chief public defender has been found in contempt of court and fined $5,000 for refusing to provide lawyers to represent criminal defendants in five cases because of his…

Officer has immunity for arresting teen for belching at school, 10th Circuit rules

A police officer who arrested an Albuquerque middle school student for repeatedly fake burping during gym class was entitled to qualified immunity, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The Denver-based…

New Mexico top court overturns conviction due to Skype testimony, warns judges about social media

The New Mexico Supreme Court is warning judges about the perils of social media in an opinion that nonetheless sidesteps whether the trial judge’s Facebook posts indicated bias.

The New…

Flat fees for contract public defenders are not unconstitutional, New Mexico Supreme Court says

The Supreme Court of New Mexico ruled Thursday that the state is free to pay flat fees to attorneys contracted as public defenders, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.…

Strange things occur at New Mexico courthouse, and a ghost is blamed

Some employees believe a ghost is responsible for unexplained activity at the Otero County Courthouse in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Some report seeing a ghost wearing a suit from the early…

New Mexico sues EPA, seeking cleanup of toxic mine spill and damages

Ordinarily, when there’s a dispute about claimed environmental damage due to corporate operations, it’s the Environmental Protection Agency that sues to get it cleaned up.

But a lawsuit filed Monday…

Former mayor’s old Facebook page should be reopened, says judge, because it may have public info

The Facebook page of a former mayor is public record, says a New Mexico court. Now she needs to figure out how to reactivate the account, which has been shut…

Suit claims judge secretly bugged courthouse and recorded conversations

A suspended New Mexico judge is accused in a lawsuit of secretly bugging multiple locations in the courthouse and recording hundreds of hours of private conversations.

The suit filed on…

Lawyer is acquitted in shooting of homeless man

An Albuquerque, New Mexico, lawyer was acquitted in a retrial on Monday in the shooting of a homeless man who entered his office.

Jurors acquitted David “Chip” Venie after…

Second trial starts for New Mexico lawyer accused of shooting homeless man who entered his office

Opening statements began today in the trial of an attorney accused of shooting a man in the leg for entering the attorney’s downtown Albuquerque office, KRQE reported Monday.

Defendant attacks prosecutor after conviction on sex-abuse charge

A New Mexico man faces new charges after attacking a prosecutor in a courtroom immediately following his conviction on a charge of criminal sexual contact of a minor under the…

Whistleblower suit says $24M settlement wasn’t enough, points finger at claimed Day Pitney conflicts

Hired to help New Mexico recoup money allegedly lost as a result of “pay to play” arrangements concerning state investments, the law firm Day Pitney negotiated a settlement of over…

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