Man accuses state of covering up bribery, kickbacks

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A man who is at the center of an ongoing whistle-blower lawsuit involving millions of dollars in lost state investments told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that the state is spending millions of dollars to cover up what he called “bribery and kickbacks.” Frank Foy, a former […]

Little at stake in Sotomayor court hearings

Freedom New Mexico There are potentially consequential questions to which answers may or may not be forthcoming in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of federal appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be a U.S. Supreme Court justice. But the hearings, while sometimes pointed, have been generally civil in large part because so little […]

Sotomayor’s stances on issues remain unclear

Freedom New Mexico The Senate Judiciary Committee no doubt will have many relevant questions for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor concerning what role, if any, her gender, ethnicity and empathy play in her judicial reasoning, her judicial temperament and her judicial philosophy. For today we’d like to explore what her written opinions tell us […]

Request to curb judge criticism unjust

Freedom Newspapers P ersonal trauma can cloud one’s judgment, so we can to some degree forgive U.S. District Court Judge Joan Humphrey Lefkow for recently urging members of Congress to do something to curb public criticism of federal judges. Lefkow’s husband and mother were recently killed by a deranged man who blamed her for a […]

Taser bill stalled in House

CNJ staff A proposed bill that would classify tasers as deadly weapons stalled Wednesday in the House Judiciary committee, said Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, the bill’s sponsor. In a telephone interview Thursday from the Senate floor, he said an amendment proposed for Senate bill 818 to limit liability for law enforcement officers drew sharp criticism […]

EDITORIAL: Judges’ tough scrutiny a needed practice

A decision by federal Judge Audrey B. Collins in Los Angeles to strike down a portion of the sweeping anti-terrorism law passed in haste after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, looks like a heartening sign that the judiciary system might be ready to get back in the game of protecting the liberties of […]