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Courts

  • Pojoaque artist sued over bullet fragments

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man has filed a lawsuit over injuries he suffered at a convenience store in May when he was struck by ricocheting bullet fragments that were fired by a Pojoaque artist.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Elijah Mark Vera says Pojoaque artist Mateo Romero pulled a gun during an altercation with a homeless person and fired a shot into the pavement.

    The fragments injured Vera's hip and shoulder.

    Nobody was arrested in the incident, and police say Romero didn't intend to injure anyone.

  • NM court allows child support to emancipated minor

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that a teenage girl is entitled to child support from her mother after legally being "emancipated" or freed from the parent's control.

    The court issued the ruling Monday in a case involving a 21-year-old college student who had left her home near Espanola at the age of 13 because of alleged violence and substance abuse by the mother's boyfriend.

  • High court upholds key part of Obama health law--Video Extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul.
    The decision means the huge overhaul, still only partly in effect, will proceed and pick up momentum over the next several years, affecting the way that countless Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care. The ruling seemingly hands Obama a campaign-season victory in rejecting arguments that Congress went too far in requiring most Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 06-27-12

    June 18

    Lisa Salazar, 35, of Los Alamos pleaded no contest in Municipal Court to failure to show vehicle registration and two counts of failure to appear in court, however, one of the those counts was dismissed. Judge Alan Kirk ordered her to pay $242.

    June 19
    Svetlana Tchnernova Martin, 51, of Los Alamos, pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to running a stoplight and failure to appear in court. Judge Alan Kirk ordered her to pay $104 in courts fees and fines.
    June 20

    The 2002 following too closely case against Robert Martinez, 33, of Santa Cruz, was dismissed by the court because it was old and there was insufficient information.

    June 21

  • State corporate campaign spending limits rejected

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday turned away a plea to revisit its 2-year-old campaign finance decision in the Citizens United case and instead struck down a Montana law limiting corporate campaign spending.

    The same five conservative justices in the Citizens United majority that freed corporations and labor unions to spend unlimited amounts in federal elections joined Monday to reverse a Montana court ruling upholding the state's century-old law. The four liberal justices dissented.

  • High court rejects part of Arizona immigration law--Video Extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court threw out key provisions of Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants Monday but said a much-debated portion could go forward on checking the status of suspects who might appear to be in the U.S. illegally.

    The court upheld the "show me your papers" requirement that police check suspects' immigration status. Even there, though, the justices said the provision could be subject to additional legal challenges, and they removed some teeth by prohibiting officers from arresting people on immigration charges.

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 06-20-12

    June 11

    Kenneth Vigil was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit after a trial. Judge Alan Kirk ordered him to pay $121 in court fees and fines.

    June 12

    Brian Halladay was found guilty in Municipal Court of having an expired license plate while parked. Kirk ordered him to pay $25 court fees and fines.

    June 13

    Marcos Ervies-Bojorquez was found guilty in Municipal Court of failure to use a seatbelt and speeding six to 10 mph over the speed limit. He was ordered to pay $192 in court fees and fines.

    June 14

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 06-13-12

    June 4

    Bingqi Zhang pleaded guilty in Municipal Court for careless driving leading to an accident. Judge Alan Kirk ordered Zhang to pay a $46 court fee and enroll in a defensive driving school.

    Richard Carmen pleaded guilty in Municipal Court for driving without a license and to two counts of failure to appear in court. Kirk ordered Carmen to pay $238 in court fees and fines.

    June 5

    Steven Montano pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to jaywalking. Kirk ordered him to pay $146 in court fees and fines.

    Crystal Torrez Ramos Morales pleaded guilty in Municipal Court to speeding 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit. She paid $121 in court fees and fines.

    June 6

  • Child rape case heads to court

    The case of alleged child rapist Stephen Geisik is advancing to District Court.

    The Los Alamos man’s preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday was waived and Judge Pat Casados requested that case be bound over to the higher court. Geisik, 21, is charged with five counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor under age 13 —a first-degree felony; and two counts of contributing the delinquency of a minor — a fourth-degree felony.

    The case will likely be transferred next Wednesday once the district attorney files the appropriate paperwork.

  • Sandia scientist pleads not guilty to data theft

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former scientist at Sandia National Labs in New Mexico has pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing research to share with China.

    Jianyu Huang was arraigned Tuesday on five counts of federal program fraud and one count of false statements. He is accused of embezzling and sharing information from his position with the lab's Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies since 2009, according to a federal indictment.