School district: Court overstepped bounds on Isler restraining order

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Clovis basketball coach J.D. Isler talks to his team during the semifinals of the Southwest Dairy Farmers Classic last week against El Paso Bowie. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm says she has lost all trust and confidence in J.D. Isler’s ability to coach varsity basketball. Isler, […]

Judge moves molestation trial to Portales

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Attorneys in the case of a Clovis man accused of 116 counts of child molestation agreed Wednesday to postpone and move the trial to Portales. The deal was struck at a morning hearing in 9th Judicial District Court after Judge Stephen Quinn told attorneys he was not inclined to […]

Domenici proposes student loan

CNJ staff Federal government student loan repayments for law students serving as prosecutors or public defenders could help encourage attorneys to commit to public service, officials said. Under legislation cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., attorneys would be required to commit to three years employment as state, local or federal prosecutors or public defenders […]

U.S. attorneys’ firings expose judicial defects

By Freedom Newspapers If a mid-level press officer had been more straightforward with the media last December when the Bush administration decided to fire eight of the country’s 93 U.S. attorneys, the simmering scandal over those fired attorneys might never have developed. A spokesman might have said: “U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the […]

Judge: State can pursue death penalty on Bedford

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers A district court judge ruled Monday the state could pursue the death penalty — at least for now — in the case of a man accused of kidnapping and killing an elderly Portales couple almost two years ago. Prior to Monday’s probable cause hearing, attorneys worked out an agreement that […]

Jail officials, defense attorneys at odds over monitoring phone calls

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Clovis criminal defense lawyer Randall Harris communicates with his clients face to face. When he learned phone calls at detention centers were monitored by police departments and district attorneys several months ago, he shied away from having telephone conversations with his clients housed in detention centers. “I do not […]

Local attorneys selected as finalists for judgeship

CNJ staff The competition for the open Ninth Judicial District judgeship has tightened up. Local attorneys Robert S. Orlik and David Peter Reeb were selected Friday as the two finalists for the judgeship, which opened in April when Gov. Bill Richardson signed a $1.8 million bill to establish eight new judgeships in the state. Four […]

Witnesses place defendant with alleged co-conspirator on night of slayings

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District Attorney Matt Chandler hands Darcee Hillford a statement during her testimony in the trial of Dominic Murphy on Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Two state witnesses offered testimony Thursday that put Dominic Murphy and Joey Martinez together on the night two Clovis men […]

Legal war against terrorists needs mistakes corrected

Freedom Editorial U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen has agreed to a request from prosecutors in the U.S. Department of Justice to throw out the convictions of members of a suspected terror cell in Detroit because of prosecutorial misconduct. The department’s request was harshly critical of Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Convertino, who apparently rejected a CIA […]