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Courts

  • On The Docket 02-29-12

    Feb. 21

    Dustin Taylor pleaded no contest in Municipal Court to speeding leading to an accident. The court found him guilty and fined him $46.

    Terrance McCabe pleaded no contest to careless driving leading to an accident. Judge Alan Kirk found him guilty and McCabe was fined $46.

    Amanda Marksteiner pleaded guilty to speeding 6-10 mph over the speed limit. She was ordered to pay $96.

    Jeff Wetteland pleaded no contest to having a loud unreasonable unidentified animal. He was found guilty and ordered to pay a $41.

    Charles Williams pleaded not guilty in Municipal Court to running a stop sign. He was found guilty and ordered to pay a $41 fine.

  • Judge issues decision in NM House redistricting

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state district court has ordered a new plan for revamping the political districts of the 70-member House of Representatives, lumping together Democratic Nick Salazar and Thomas Garcia in a consolidated district in north-central New Mexico.

    Retired State District Judge James Hall issued his decision on Monday, meeting a deadline set by the state Supreme Court. The justices overturned an earlier redistricting plan ordered by Hall last month and directed him to revamp it.

  • On The Docket 02-22-12

    Jan. 19

    Michael McCormick, Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct in Magistrate Court. Judge Pat Casados found McCormick guilty and sentenced him to six month of supervised probation. He is also ordered to pay $73 in fees.

    Jan. 24

    Jeffrey Majors, Los Alamos, pleaded guilty in Magistrate Court to driving under the influence of drugs as part of a plea agreement. He was initially charged with aggravated DWI, speeding and having an open container. The latter two charges were dismissed by the state. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Majors to a year of unsupervised probation and is ordered to install an ignition interlock device and perform 24 hours of community service. He is also ordered to pay $241 in court fees.

  • NM Supreme Court to hear redistricting dispute

    SANTA FE— A political dispute over legislative redistricting is going before New Mexico’s highest court.
    The state Supreme Court is to hear arguments from lawyers Tuesday afternoon in a challenge to new districts for the state House of Representatives.

    The Legislature and a group of Democrats and minority voters are asking the Supreme Court to overturn a redistricting map approved last month by state District Court Judge James Hall.

    Legislative lawyers want the justices to order a redistricting proposal passed by the Legislature last year but vetoed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Fla. Man Adopts Girlfriend in Legal Battle

    A wealthy Florida polo club founder has adopted his adult girlfriend as part of a legal battle stemming from a fatal 2010 car crash.

  • On the Docket 01-19-12

    Jan. 11

    Patrick Metzger, 35, of Centennial, Colo., pleaded no contest in Magistrate Court to the charge of Driving Under the Influence of liquor or drugs. Judge Pat Casados found Metzger guilty and sentenced him to serve 364 days of supervised probation and ordered him to participate in drug/alcohol screening, complete a treatment program, install an interlock device on his vehicle, complete DWI school, attend a Victims Impact Panel and pay $241 in court fees.

  • On The Docket 01-11-12

    Dec. 13

    Sarah Scammell Downs, 30, of Los Alamos pled guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to the charge of DWI. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Downs to serve 364 days of supervised probation, and to pay $241 in court fees. Downs also was ordered to install an inter-lock device on her vehicle.

    Dec. 14

    Tyler Jones, 26, of Los Alamos pled not guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court to the charges of battery and criminal damage to property. Judge Pat Casados found Jones guilty and sentenced him to serve 180 days of supervised probation and to pay $146 in court fees.

    Dec. 21

  • LA to remain whole in state House redistricting court decision

    SANTA FE, N.M.— A state district judge has approved a plan for drawing new boundaries of state House of Representative districts that will pair two Republican incumbents in southeastern Mexico and two Democrats in the north-central part of the state.

    District Judge James Hall issued his redistricting order Tuesday.

    Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval) said he received a text from a member of the Republican caucus Tuesday night saying the judge had adopted Executive Plan 3 "with a couple of changes."

  • Court approves NM congressional redistricting plan

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge has adopted a redistricting plan that will establish slightly different boundaries for New Mexico's three congressional districts.

    Judge James Hall issued his ruling Thursday afternoon.

    Hall is adopting a plan that makes the fewest changes to the existing districts. It has the support of Gov. Susana Martinez, other Republicans and a group of Democrats that include Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe.

    Hall contends the plan respects existing boundaries and places the fewest number of voters in new districts.

    He says it also strikes an appropriate balance between various interests and political parties.

  • Trial starts on NM congressional redistricting

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A trial began Monday that will influence the political tilt of New Mexico's three congressional districts for the rest of the decade.

    State District Judge James Hall is presiding over the trial, which is expected to last several days this week. Democrats currently hold two of the state's congressional seats. Groups of Republicans, Democrats and minority voters are recommending options to the judge to consider in drawing new district boundaries.

    GOP Gov. Susana Martinez, other Republicans and some Democrats, including Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe, support a "least change" plan making few revisions to current districts.