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Courts

  • Judge sets redistricting hearings starting Dec. 5

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge handling redistricting is planning four hearings in December and January to gather evidence he'll use in drawing new boundaries for congressional, legislative and other elected office districts.

    Retired District Judge James Hall has scheduled a four-day hearing for congressional redistricting from Dec. 5 to Dec. 8.

    He set aside seven days for House redistricting, Dec. 12-15 and Dec. 19-21.

    Senate redistricting is scheduled for six days, Jan. 3-6 and Jan. 9-10.

    A three-day hearing on redistricting of the Public Regulation Commission is set for Jan. 11 to Jan. 13.

    Hall issued his scheduling order this week.

  • On the Docket 10-05-11

    Sept. 27
    Stephen Duran, 29, of Los Alamos pleaded nolo contendere in Magistrate Court and the court accepted the plea as an admission of guilt for the purposes of this action only on a charge of battery. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Duran to anger management classes, to continue Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, serve 180 days of supervised probation, pay a $25 monthly probation fee and $73 in court costs and fees.

  • Redistricting attorneys OK'd for Legislature

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A team of private lawyers will defend the Democratic-controlled Legislature in a court fight over redistricting, state legislative leaders decided Monday despite objections from Republicans.

    The Legislative Council voted along party lines to authorize the lawyers. They will represent the Legislature in lawsuits over plans for new boundaries of districts for Congress, the state House of Representatives, the state Senate and Public Regulation Commission.

  • On the Docket 09-28-11

    Sept. 23

    Jerome Montoya, 24, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty in Municipal Court on charges of battery and disorderly conduct. Judge Alan Kirk sentenced Montoya to two days in jail, 20 hours of community service and $41 in fees for the battery charge and two days in jail and $41 in fees for the disorderly conduct charge.

  • On the Docket 09-21-11

    Sept. 1

    Brandy Marisol-Archuleta, 34, of Española pleaded not guilty in Municipal Court to one count of driving on an expired registration and four counts of failure to appear in court and failure to pay fines. Judge Alan Kirk found Marisol-Archuleta guilty of all charges and sentenced her to pay a $70 fine for driving on an expired registration and for two counts of failure to appear in court and failure to pay fines. The judge deferred for 30 days Marisol-Archuleta’s remaining two counts of failure to appear in court and failure to pay fines. He also charged her a $100 bench warrant fee.  
     
    Sept. 8

  • On the Docket 09-15-11

    Sept. 7

    Sabra Kornhaber, 54, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to the charge of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Kornhaber to 364 days of supervised probation, an alcohol screening and treatment program, DWI school, to attend a victim impact panel and to install an alcohol interlock device on her vehicle. The judge also ordered Kornhaber to pay $241 in court fines and fees as well as a $25 monthly probation fee.

  • Idaho man who lured 12-year-old NM girl for sex pleads guilty

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 19-year-old Idaho man who had sex with a 12-year-old New Mexico girl whom he met while playing a multiplayer Internet role-playing game has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Boise.

    When he's sentenced Dec. 2, Alexander Lynn Trowell of Nampa faces up to 30 years behind bars, a $250,000 and lifetime supervision.

    Trowell met the girl from New Mexico in 2010 playing World of Warcraft online.

    In his plea agreement, Trowell told prosecutors he eventually helped her run away to Idaho by purchasing her a plane ticket.

    On April 20, the girl took a taxi to the airport and flew to Boise where she met with Trowell.

  • Court case blows the lid off secret post 9/11 flights

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A hidden network of U.S. companies, coordinated by a prominent defense contractor, played a key role in the covert airlift that transported terrorism suspects and their American minders, according to newly disclosed documents in a New York business dispute between two aviation companies.

  • On the Docket 08-31-11

    Aug. 23

    Michael Linzey, 29, of Los Alamos pled guilty in Magistrate Court to the charge of interference with communications and criminal trespass. Linzey also pled nolo contendere (no contest) to the charge of battery against a household member, which the court accepted as an admission of guilt for the purposes of this action only. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Linzey to supervised probation for an unspecified number of days and to attend a minimum of 25 anger management sessions. The judge also ordered Linzey to pay a $25 monthly probation fee and $179 in fees and court costs.

  • On the Docket 08-17-11

    Aug. 3

    David Rael, 34, of Los Alamos entered a guilty plea in Magistrate Court for DWI. Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados ordered Rael to enter alcohol screening and treatment, attend DWI school, place an interlock device on his vehicle, face a victim impact panel, serve 364 days of  supervised probation, perform 24 hours of supervised community service, pay $302 in fees and fines and a $25 monthly probation fee.