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Courts

  • On the Docket 12-18-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.

    Dec. 11

    Miles Romero was found guilty by the Municipal Court of following too closely. Defendant was fined $50, and ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Julian Martinez was found guilty in Municipal Court of speeding 11-15 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.
    Dec. 12

    Billie Jo Tedder was found guilty by the Municipal Court of failure to pay, and an expired license plate while parked. Defendant was fined $50, and ordered to pay a court fee of $65. Defendant’s sentence was deferred until Feb. 13, 2014. Defendant was also ordered to 5 hours of community service.

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court found Ryan J. Martinez guilty of expired registration. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Charlene M. Lackas was found guilty in Municipal Court of speeding in a school zone 16-20 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $30, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

  • NSA phone record collection ruled unconstitutional

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records violates the Constitution's ban on unreasonable searches, but put his decision on hold pending a near-certain government appeal.

    U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon granted a preliminary injunction sought by plaintiffs Larry Klayman and Charles Strange, concluding they were likely to prevail in their constitutional challenge. Leon, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, ruled Monday that the two men are likely to be able to show that their privacy interests outweigh the government's interest in collecting the data. Leon says that means that massive collection program is an unreasonable search under the Constitution's Fourth Amendment.

    The collection program was disclosed by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden, provoking a heated debate over civil liberties. The Obama administration has defended the program as a crucial tool against terrorism.

    But in his a 68-page, heavily footnoted opinion, Leon concluded that the government didn't cite a single instance in which the program "actually stopped an imminent terrorist attack."

  • On the Docket 12-11-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.
    Dec. 4

    Gabino Cisneros was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to yield/stop at sign. Defendant was fined $50 and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.
    Dec. 5

    Percinia War was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failure to appear, and failure to pay. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $92.

    Robin B. Naffziger was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of expired registration. Defendant was fined $25, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court found Alysia D. Dahlby guilty of following too closely (accident). Defendant was ordered to attend community service, and defensive driving school. Defendant was also ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Jose L. Rosales was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of expired registration and mandatory financial responsibility. Defendant was fined $125 and was ordered to pay a court fee of $130.

    Jeremy Zan Fleming was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of expired registration. Defendant was fined $25, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

  • On the Docket 12-04-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.

    Nov. 25

    Ashlee Justice was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of shoplifting ($250 or less). She was fined $50 and ordered to pay $73 in court costs.

    Nov. 26

    Ashley Hughes was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to appear in court and failure to pay a fine. Defendant was assigned community service and ordered to pay $101 in court costs. For the failure to pay charge, she received a deferred sentence.

    Pinaki Das was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to obey a traffic signal. Defendant was ordered to pay $65 in court costs and ordered to attend defensive driving school. Sentence was deferred until Jan. 24.

    Dec. 2

    Joe A. Martinez was found guilty inLos Alamos Municipal Court of improper lane. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Clara M. Vigil Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 6-10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

  • On The Docket 11-27-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.

    Nov. 18

    Andrea F. Gersti was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an expired registration. Defendant was ordered to pay $46 in court costs. Sentence was deferred until Dec. 18.

    Anthony Belian was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an expired registration. Defendant was fined $25 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Stanley Moore pleaded no contest to charges of having inoperable vehicles, and outdoor storage of materials in Los Alamos Municipal Court. He was ordered to pay $120 in court costs. Sentence was deferred until Feb. 18.

    Annabell F. Gonzales was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of not having car insurance and improper turning. Defendant was fined $225 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs.

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court found Robert Moore guilty of improper stopping, standing, or parking. Defendant was fined $50.

    Cynthia Waisner was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of improper stopping, standing, or parking. Defendant was fined $50.
    Nov. 19

  • On The Docket 11-21-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.
    Nov. 12

    Daniel Reass was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of battery, pled down from the original charge of battery against a household member. Defendant was ordered to pay $73 in court fees and also received a deferred sentence of 182 days of supervised probation.
    Probation conditions include: Defendant will meet with probation officers within seven days and maintain contact as instructed. Defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant shall not possess a firearm or other deadly weapon. Defendant will comply with all court ordered conditions of probation. Defendant shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment. The defendant must also report to probation within seven days and commit to paying $25 a month in probation fees.
    Nov. 13

    Willie E. Haynes was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of improper stopping, standing, or parking. Haynes was fined $50.
    Nov. 14

  • On The Docket 11-13-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.

    Nov. 6

    Joe A. Watts was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11-15 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Michelle M. Kirsch was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six-10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court found James W. Hicks guilty of speeding six-10 miles per hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Nov. 7

    Charles Lehman was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of nuisance declared; regulations, and outdoor storage of materials. Defendant’s sentence was deferred until Feb. 2, 2014. Defendant was also ordered to pay a court fee of $82.

    Daniel R. Jaquez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of expired registration. Defendant reached a plea agreement with the officer; sentencing was deferred until Jan. 6, 2014.

  • On the Docket 10-30-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.

    Oct. 23

    Saurabh Singh was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11-15 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Matthew T. Richardson was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of expired registration. Defendant was fined $50, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Oct. 24

    Hsinglin Wang was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11-15 mph over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $75, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Valerie E. Chavez was found guilty of speeding six to 10 mph over the speed limit. Los Alamos Municipal Court fined the defendant $50, and she was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

    Kim T. Janetsky was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of expired registration. Defendant was fined $25, and was ordered to pay a court fee of $65.

  • On the Docket 10-23-13

    The information pertaining to these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.

    Oct. 11

    Barbara Lai was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of failure to obey traffic control devices. Defendant was ordered to pay a court fee of $61, and was ordered to perform unsupervised probation for 30 days.
    Oct. 15

    Dierdra A. Roybal was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of using illegal turning movements and not making proper signals, and failure to obey traffic control devices. Defendant was ordered to pay $122 in court fees, and was ordered to attend unsupervised probation for 60 days.

    Emma Tucker was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of not having a driver’s license. Defendant was ordered to pay $81 in court fees, and was ordered to perform unsupervised probation for 30 days.

    Ricky Archuleta was found guilty by the Los Alamos Magistrate Court of driving without insurance. Defendant was fined $81 and was ordered to complete an unsupervised probation for 30 days.

  • New Mexico court considers legalizing gay marriage

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court is stepping into the fray over gay marriage and could set a statewide precedent at a time when some counties grant the unions and others don't.

    The Supreme Court will hear arguments from lawyers Wednesday. There's no deadline for the five justices to issue a decision.

    At issue is an Albuquerque district judge's ruling in late August that denying marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional.

    County clerks statewide have asked the justices to clarify state law because eight of the 33 clerks are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    New Mexico law doesn't explicitly prohibit or authorize gay marriage. However, the marriage laws — unchanged since 1961 — have a marriage license application with sections for male and female applicants. There also are references to "husband" and "wife."

    The current and previous state attorneys general have said the law effectively prohibits gay marriage. But Attorney General Gary King — a Democrat — contends such a prohibition is unconstitutional. King's office is defending the Albuquerque judge who ordered marriage licenses be granted to same-sex couples in two counties.