Not all matters can be resolved in courtroom

Freedom New Mexico Little Caylee Anthony’s cherubic face will haunt some of us for a long time. There’s nothing more tragic or riveting than the unexplained death of a child, and we all wish such tragedies could be neatly resolved with justice served. Now that the dust has almost settled on the Casey Anthony case, […]

Isler says he will drop lawsuit against school district if given coaching contract

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo A federal judge issued a temporary injunction last week that will allow J.D. Isler to finish the rest of the season as Clovis High’s boys basketball coach. The Wildcats host the district tournament championship game Saturday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis High boys basketball coach J.D. Isler says […]

Bookout reaches plea deal

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Treasurer Rhonda Bookout entered a no-contest plea Friday morning to a felony charge of tampering with public records. She will serve 12 months unsupervised probation, according to her attorney. Under the terms of the agreement, Bookout must resign as county treasurer immediately. Bookout was indicted in February […]

Third Salas brother sentenced in homicide

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Edward Salas listens Tuesday as District Court Judge Teddy Hartley announces his sentence for the first degree murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tears flowed freely in District Judge Teddy Hartley’s courtroom Tuesday as child killer Edward Salas was sentenced to prison for at least […]

Salas guilty

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Edward Salas looks at his parents as he is handcuffed Friday following a guilty verdict. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The crowded Curry County courtroom was stone silent Friday as Judge Teddy Hartley read the verdict: Edward Salas is guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 10-year-old […]

Co-defendant breaks plea agreement

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Dr. Ross Reichard of the Office of the Medical Examiner points where a bullet entered the head of Carlos Perez while giving testimony Thursday in Portales. By Karl Terry and Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico A co-defendant in a first-degree murder case backed out on his deal to testify Thursday […]

Ex-Clovis standout is as savvy in courtroom as he was on the hardcourt

By Eric Butler Whether it is on the basketball court or in the courtroom, Nelson Franse has always found ways to come out on top. A former Clovis High and University of New Mexico basketball standout, Franse is drawing accolades as a defense attorney. Franse, 42, is a director in the professional liability department for […]