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Courts

  • On The Docket 11-23-11

    Nov. 14

    Cheryl Gabaldon, 47, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty in Magistrate Court to the charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Judge Pat Casados ordered Gabaldon to pay the court a $50 fee for possession of marijuana and a $50 fee for possession of drug paraphernalia, $20 in court costs and $256 in additional fees.

    Nov. 15

  • District judge to hear cases locally

    Every Wednesday morning beginning in January, local residents will conduct their District Court obligations at the Justice Center in downtown Los Alamos – saving litigants, jurors, police, attorneys, witnesses, family members and friends alike the commute to Santa Fe.   

    “It’s about time,” said District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson as Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados gave her and her staff a tour of the Justice Center Wednesday.

    Casados explained that many years ago a District Court judge did travel to hear cases occasionally in Los Alamos, adding that she’s not sure why that practice ended.

  • Supreme Court: Pre-election health care showdown--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday promised an extraordinarily thorough springtime review of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul — more than five hours of argument, unprecedented in modern times — in time for a likely ruling affecting millions of Americans just before the presidential election.

    That ruling, expected before next summer's Independence Day holiday, could determine the fate of Obama's signature domestic achievement, the most far reaching domestic legislation in a generation but a political lightning rod as well. It is vigorously opposed by all of Obama's prospective GOP opponents.

  • On the Docket 11-09-11

    Nov. 2

    Kathy Steck, 53, of Los Alamos pleaded guilty in Magistrate Court to the charge of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Steck to serve 364 days of supervised probation,  and to participate in alcohol screening and treatment, attend DWI school and a victim’s impact panel, install an interlock device on her vehicle and perform 24 hours of supervised community service. The judge also ordered Steck to pay $25 per month probation fee, $20 in court costs and $221 in court fees.

    Nov. 3

  • 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.