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Courts

  • Former employee sues Secretary of State Herrera

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former spokesman for Secretary of State Mary Herrera is suing his former boss.

    James Flores accuses Herrera of retaliating against him for speaking with the FBI about alleged corruption in the secretary of state's office.

    Flores' complaint was filed Wednesday in state district court in Santa Fe.

    Herrera denies the allegations, saying Flores was fired for being insubordinate. She wouldn't say what actions by Flores she deemed insubordinate.

  • Jury convicts Smart's kidnapper, rejects insanity

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A jury found a rambling street preacher guilty Friday of the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart in a case that has tugged at hearts around the nation ever since the Utah teenager was snatched from her bedroom and resurfaced nine months later.

    Brian David Mitchell could face up to a life in prison when he is sentenced.

  • Lawyers: Request would violate Mascheroni's rights

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Lawyers for a former Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist, who is accused of trying to help Venezuela develop a nuclear weapon, say the government's request for a protective order in the case would violate their client's Constitutional rights.

    Prosecutors have asked a judge to restrict lawyers from releasing sensitive information in the case against Pedro Leonardo Mascheroni and his wife, Marjorie Roxby Mascheroni.

  • JUDGE HALTS MUNI VOTE

    SANTA FE — The hotly contested issue regarding the legality of a citizen vote on the question of whether to reconstruct the municipal building on its original site at Ashley Pond has been decided – at least in the short term – there will be no election.

    District Court Judge Barbara Vigil ruled Monday to grant plaintiffs Christine and George Chandler’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop the special election on the grounds that it is illegal.

  • Parties agree to delay injunction hearing on muni building vote

    The litigants on both sides of the controversy surrounding the impending referendum on the municipal building issue were set to square off Thursday afternoon in a Santa Fe district courtroom. But in an 11th hour agreement, the hearing was postposed until Monday.

  • Lawsuit: Law firm wrong on penis amputation claim

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Albuquerque law firm failed to properly investigate its claim that a nursing home patient lost his penis because of the facility's negligence, according to a lawsuit filed by the facility.

    In the federal lawsuit filed in September, THI of New Mexico at Valle Norte accused the Harvey Law Firm of malicious abuse of process and civil conspiracy stemming from a July 2007 case for a client, James Tracy. The dispute was first reported by the Albuquerque Journal.

  • FORMER YOUTH MINISTER PLEADS IN CHILD PORN CASE

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former youth minister in Los Alamos has pleaded guilty in federal court to distribution of child pornography.

    Authorities said 58-year-old Matthew Nichols, formerly employed at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, entered a plea agreement Friday before U.S. Magistrate Daniel Schneider.

    Nichols faces 15 to 40 years in prison at sentencing.

  • Ex-CYFD official sentenced on child porn charge

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former deputy director of New Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Department has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison after he entered a plea agreement charging him with possession of child pornography.

    Prosecutors say 52-year-old Mark D. Edwards of Santa Fe was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Judith Herrera.

    An investigation began in October 2009 when authorities found more than 300 child porn images and videos on Edwards' computer.

  • Municipal Court 7-9-07 to 2-26-08

    July 9, 2007

    On July 9, 2007 - Jeremy Bultman pleaded no contest and was found guilty of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail (80 days suspended), one year probation, community service, alcohol education sessions, and DWI school. Fine/fees: $960.