Pedro Amaro expected to receive life in prison

CNJ Staff The man convicted of murdering Clovis resident Kenneth Smith will receive a mandatory life sentence this morning in Ninth Judicial District Court. According to Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, state law requires Judge Steven Quinn to give Pedro Amaro, 27, of Clovis, a mandatory life sentence following his conviction on March 10 […]

Editorial: Supreme Court discount drug ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court’s confused decision on an effort by the state of Maine to use the federal Medicaid program as leverage to force drug manufacturers to give other Maine residents a discount on prescription drug prices makes one wonder why the high court took the case. The decision was so fractured, with four separate […]

Price-fixing violates free marketplace

By Tibor Machan Imagine you are a plumber or a teacher or a guitar player, working in Maine. Imagine that some people who want your services just don’t want to pay your wages. They think you cost too much. So, they go to the government and get it to order you to work at the […]

Supreme Court should back right to bear arms

Americans soon could see a shoot-out at the Supreme Court corral. Two circuit courts have issued contradictory readings of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Such contradictions commonly have been a reason for the top court to attempt to bring consistency to judicial interpretations. Last December, a three-judge panel of the 9th […]

Amaro trial enters second day

Cutline goes here cutline goes here cutline goes here Eric Butler Prosecutors called eight witnesses to the stand in the first-degree murder trial of Pedro Amaro on Wednesday. Amaro is being tried in connection with the April 2001 death of Kenneth Smith of Clovis. He could face life in prison if convicted. Amaro’s girlfriend at […]

School To Pay Damages

Robert Nowell LONDON (RNS) A Roman Catholic convent grammar school in Northern Ireland has paid $10,000 damages in an out-of-court settlement to a former pupil who was expelled from the school and prevented from taking her exams when she was seven months pregnant.