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Supreme Court Affirms Use Of Seized Drug Evidence In Trial That Led To Conviction Of Curry County Man

New Mexico Supreme Court News:

 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Supreme Court today upheld the convictions of a Curry County man on drug trafficking and other offenses, ruling that police lawfully stopped the defendant’s car and seized evidence used to charge and later convict the man.

 

The Court’s unanimous decision reversed a 2017 ruling by the state Court of Appeals, which had overturned Mikel Martinez’s convictions on grounds that police obtained their evidence through an improper investigative stop.

 

The state’s highest court determined that State Police Officer Donald


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Attorney General Balderas: Man Accused Of Trafficking His Own Children Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison

Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that James Stewart Sr. was sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections after he was convicted of three counts of human trafficking. 
 
Jurors found that between 2015 and 2018, Stewart Sr. used his three minor children to panhandle around Albuquerque so he could use that money to buy drugs. All three children courageously testified against their father at trial.
 
“Protecting New Mexican children from predators is a top priority,” Balderas said.

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McQuiston: Save Money While Improving Teen’s Driving

By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency

I am about to get my third and youngest child licensed to drive.

The fear and worry I have about my teen being behind the wheel is real. Studies indicate 80 percent of all teen drivers will be in a police reported collision during the first three years of driving.

Even worse, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) refers to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death for teenagers.

As a parent, you want to give your teen the tools he or she needs to be a safe driver, rather than a statistic. One tool I highly recommend is the ADEPT Driver


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AG Balderas To Convene Faith Leaders To Discuss Violence Against Religious Communities, Anti-Domestic Terrorism, Hate Crime Initiatives

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE – Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter Tuesday to faith leaders in all religious communities in New Mexico, urging them to come together with the Office of the Attorney General to discuss hate motivated violence against religious communities.

The call to action comes in the wake of multiple violent incidents across the United States that targeted people based on their faith and in their places of worship.

“There is no place for violence in New Mexico, let alone violence perpetrated against


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