Curry jail inmate charged in guard attack

A 25-year-old Curry County inmate was charged Tuesday with attacking two detention officers with a pen Sept. 15. Brandon Wagner is charged with assault by a prisoner and two counts of aggravated battery on a peace officer, court records show. Lt. Christina Chavez told sheriff’s deputies she was assisting in a search of a nearby […]

Closing arguments expected Monday in Tucumcari attempted murder trial

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Closing arguments are tentatively set for Monday in the trial for a Tucumcari man accused of trying to kill his ex-girlfriend. Earl Moses Ingram, 31, appeared Friday in the 10th Judicial District Court charged with multiple felony charges, including the attempted murder of Amber Simpson, 27, of Tucumcari on […]

Sentencing date set for Mesalands president

Sentencing is scheduled Sept. 14 for Mesalands Community College President Phillip Barry, who on Thursday was found guilty of a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. Barry appeared Thursday before Metro Court Judge Edward L Benavidez in Albuquerque, according to court documents. Barry entered a plea of not guilty. Benavidez found Barry guilty of […]

Final Agent Orange review ordered

An estimated 200,000 Vietnam veterans suffering from three diseases newly associated with exposure to Agent Orange are closer to receiving disability compensation following an appeals court order Aug. 2 directing VA to publish a final implementing regulation within 30 days. On a lawsuit brought by a coalition of veterans’ service organizations, the U.S. Court of […]

New trial under way in Portales for Casillas

Jared Tucker PORTALES — A new trial is under way for Anthony Casillas, 23, who is charged with two shooting deaths in Clovis in 2008. District Attorney Matt Chandler said 911 tapes from the night of the shooting were introduced Tuesday morning as evidence after opening statements. The trial in District Court is expected to […]

Courthouse no longer adequate

The Ninth Judicial District Court would like the citizens of Curry County to be appropriately informed as to the needs of the court in properly administering justice and providing equal access to justice for all citizens. Curry County has a statutory duty to provide and maintain safe, adequate, and accessible facilities for the District Court. […]

Right to gun ownership essential

The New York Times editorialized in panic, predictably, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down Chicago’s ban on handgun ownership. Lamenting the Court’s highly abstract debate about the constitutional clause that needed to be considered, The Times alleged that Monday’s ruling will “undermin(e) Chicago’s (sensible) law” and lead to “results (that) […]

High Court delivers another blow to liberties

Freedom Communications Americans must be ever-vigilant that, in the name of combating terrorism, we don’t also undermine our vital liberties. That’s why we’re troubled by the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week that upheld banning even clearly nonmaterial support to groups the government considers terrorist organizations. In Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, Chief Justice John […]

Court recognizes self-defense is basic right

By the narrowest margin, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to bear arms, fortifying what many have correctly believed since ratification of the Second Amendment in 1791. One dissenter in the 5-4 decision, Justice John Paul Stevens, predicted a “tsunami of legal uncertainty” from court challenges […]

Grocery store lawsuit settled out of court

Freedom New Mexico A lawsuit against a grocery store operated by former State Rep. Brian Moore, R-Clayton, was settled out of court, Moore said. The suit was filed by the state’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of an applicant for employment at Ranch Market in Clayton. The $30,000 settlement, paid to the applicant, contains […]

State Supreme Court upholds Salas’ conviction

CNJ staff Demetrio Salas’ first-degree murder conviction in the 2005 shooting of a 10-year-old boy has been upheld by the state Supreme Court. Salas, 24, was convicted by a Curry County jury in Oct. 2007 in the shooting death of Carlos Perez. He was convicted of murder, attempting to commit a felony, shooting at a […]

Supreme Court decision deals blow to NFL

Should the National Football League be able to act as one entity and contract with only one company for all sports logowear for all 32 NFL teams? Does acting as one entity unfairly constrain competition in the logowear business? Last month, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court found that the league’s 32 teams are not a […]

Crimes of hate hard to prove in court

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist Everyone who is awake discriminates — it is what people do with their minds. The kind of discrimination that’s objectionable is when people use irrelevant attributes of others to classify them — like their race when hiring them for jobs where race is irrelevant. The race of a […]

Reform backers score victory for freedom

Freedom New Mexico Education reform advocates should have been encouraged Monday. The Supreme Court announced its intention to decide a case where the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called into question the constitutionality of an Arizona school-choice tax credit program that provides mostly disadvantaged students with scholarships to private schools. Arizona’s 13-year-old program is […]

Supreme Court deals blow to federalism

Freedom New Mexico Seven Supreme Court justices on Monday cut one of the few remaining strings tying the exercise of congressional power to its constitutional enumeration. In a 7-2 decision in United States v. Comstock, the court upheld the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006, which empowers federal officials to order the […]

Supreme Court needs more balance

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist While disclaiming an “abortion litmus test,” President Obama has signaled his intention to appoint a new Supreme Court justice who shares his concern for “women’s rights.” In other words, of course there’s a litmus test — and it would be foolish to suppose that abortion is the only one. If […]

Nearly 600 in system for unpaid fines

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Court officials are hoping people see their name in print and come in to settle their debt. Curry County Magistrate Court Manager Jinger Fiola said nearly 600 people are in the system for failing to pay fines and have warrants out for their arrest. Some of the cases are […]

Less intrusion by government starting point

Freedom New Mexico Stung by the Supreme Court’s recent ruling vindicating corporations’ free speech rights in political campaigns, the White House and congressional Democrats reportedly are preparing a response, although precise details of the legislation being considered are yet to be revealed. In the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case, the high court ruled […]

Supreme Court more political than intended

Justice John Paul Stevens, thought of as one of the left-leaning members of the U.S. Supreme Court, on Friday announced his retirement from the highest judicial body in the country. His farewell to the court is not a surprise and had been speculated about since late 2009 when he hired fewer clerks than he had […]

Bingaman talks about Supreme Court judge’s retirement

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about a variety of issues, including the retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stevens. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: