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 […]

On the shelves — May 23

Portales Public Library Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin Just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a vacancy in the Supreme Court, Sarah Woodruff, on death row for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case. When for no apparent reason, another justice is mysteriously attacked, Dana Cutler is quietly called in to investigate. While […]

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 […]

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:

Sotomayor OK’d for Supreme Court in historic vote

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Sonia Sotomayor won confirmation Thursday as the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice in a history-making Senate vote that capped a summer-long debate heavy with ethnic politics. She’ll be sworn in Saturday as the court’s 111th justice, third woman and first nominee by a Democrat in 15 years. The Senate […]

Supreme Court ruling against New Haven fair

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Ricci v. DeStefano that the city of New Haven, Conn., violated the 1964 civil rights law when it threw out the results of a firefighter promotional test after no blacks scored high enough to qualify for promotion. In an opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, […]