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  • Jackson doctor convicted in star's 2009 drug death--video extra

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury has convicted Michael Jackson's doctor of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's 2009 drug death.

    The jury reached its verdict Monday after deliberating less than nine hours. Prosecutors depicted Dr. Conrad Murray as a reckless physician who abandoned Jackson while he was under the effects of the powerful anesthetic propofol.

    Attorneys for the Houston-based cardiologist countered that Jackson was addicted to the drug and self-administered the fatal dose when Murray left his bedroom.

    Murray agreed to become Jackson's personal physician as the singer prepared for a series of comeback concerts in 2009.

  • On the Docket 11-02-11

    Oct. 19

    Michael Fowler, 33, of Española pleaded guilty in Magistrate Court to the charge of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Fowler to participate in an alcohol screening and treatment program, continue attending prevention meetings three times a week, install an interlock device on his vehicle, attend DWI school and a victim impact panel, serve 364 days of supervised probation and 24 hours of supervised community service. The judge also ordered Fowler to pay a $50 fee for possessing a controlled substance, $20 in court costs and $291 in fees.

  • Judge rejects use of redistricting special master

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Tuesday rejected a proposal by Gov. Susana Martinez and other Republicans to use a court-appointed special master to draw new boundaries for congressional, legislative and other elected office districts in New Mexico.

    The first trial on redistricting will start in early December.

    District Judge James Hall said a special master could increase the time and expense of resolving the once-a-decade task of redistricting rather than making it more efficient as the governor and her allies contend.

  • 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.