Hispanic National Bar Association Establishes Special Committee On Law Enforcement Reform And Racial Justice

HNBA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) has established a Special Committee on Law Enforcement Reform and Racial Justice in response to the recent deaths and historic racial injustice faced by Black Americans and people of color.

The Special Committee consists of legal experts from law enforcement, the private sector, public service, and higher education.

These 17 Committee members will review existing policies and provide recommendations to the HNBA on reforms to nationwide law enforcement practices as well as advise on other related efforts to expand


Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 23 To June 29, 2020

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.



June 23 at 4:02 a.m. / Police arrested Ivan Alexei Appert, 24, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with reckless driving and DUI.






June 24 at 2:58 a.m. / Police arrested Donovan Peter Baca,  25, of Los Alamos at the Española Police Department on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant and a warrant


Gov. Lujan Grisham Makes Four Judicial Appointments

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham today appointed four New Mexicans to fill new judicial positions created by the Legislature.

The governor signed legislation in March creating five new state District Court judgeships in the four judicial districts with the highest need. She has yet to fill the fifth new judgeship serving the 12th Judicial District, made up of Lincoln and Otero Counties.


  • Kathleen McGarry Ellenwood to the First Judicial District Court serving Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties;
  • Lucy Boyadjian Solimon to the Second


FBI: Roswell Teen Charged Federally For Online Threats

FBI News:

Matthew Lee Herbert, 18, of Roswell has been charged federally in connection with online threats that prompted the lockdown of Roswell High School last November.

Herbert is charged with interstate communications containing a threat to injure the person of another (18 U.S. Code § 875).

Herbert is accused of posting a message on Snapchat with what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon and the caption, “b ready rhs I ain’t playin nomo”.

Another message containing the original post had the caption, “Oof, y’all watch out”.

The high school went into lockdown Nov. 12, 2019, when


FBI: Mariah Ferry Gets 30 Years On Charges Related To Stealing From And kidnapping And Beating Of Two Men

ALBUQUERQUE – Mariah Ferry, 22, of Albuquerque was sentenced today in federal court in Santa Fe, to 30 years in prison on charges related to the kidnappings and brutal assaults of two victims suspected of stealing drugs and money from the home of co-defendant Chase Smothermon, 32, of Albuquerque. 

Ferry pleaded guilty Feb. 13 to kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap, resulting in the death of J.S. 

According to Ferry’s plea agreement and other public court records, Smothermon, Ferry and a third co-defendant, Jose Torrez, 48, of Albuquerque, and other co-conspirators took part in a scheme to


New Mexico State Auditor And Supreme Court Justice Issue Statement On Guardianship And Conservatorship Report

State Auditor Brian S. Colón


ALBUQUERQUE — State Auditor Brian S. Colón with Supreme Court Justice Shannon Bacon, Thursday, shared the results of the pilot project for review of guardianship and conservatorship cases filed in District Courts.

The report comes as a result of an agreement entered into between the Office of the State Auditor and the Administrative Office of the Courts for audit, review, and compliance of guardians and conservators.

The Office of the State Auditor was engaged to independently identify risk factors and provide recommendations pertaining to guardianship


New Mexico Supreme Court Rules On State Constitutional Privacy Protections For Banking Records

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Friday that prosecutors can obtain a person’s banking records using a warrantless grand jury subpoena without violating the individual’s right to privacy under the New Mexico Constitution.

In a unanimous decision, the justices concluded that a district court properly allowed the use of five years of personal financial records as evidence in a pending criminal case against a Taos couple, Ismael and Angela Adame, facing charges of tax evasion and other financially related offenses. 

The Court rejected the Adames’ argument that the New


Governor Appoints Jane Yohalem To NM Court Of Appeals

Jane Yohalem

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed attorney Jane Yohalem, who has 44 years of experience in appellate law, to the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

Yohalem, who has a private practice in Santa Fe, will succeed Judge Linda Vanzi, who retired effective May 29.

Yohalem specializes in appeals and complex civil litigation and is a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

She is a 1975 graduate of Columbia University Law School and earned a master of laws degree from Georgetown in 1976. She spent the first decade of her career with the Mental Health Law Project in Washington,


Los Alamos Police Blotter: June 10 To June 16, 2020

LAPD News:

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.



June 10 at 11:26 a.m. / Police arrested Mark D. Hennis, 53, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.






June 11 at 12 a.m. / Police arrested James Daniel Lujan, 59, of Española on 1410 North Paseo De Ornate and charged him with harboring or aiding a felon and bribery/intimidation/retaliation


New Mexico Supreme Court Establishes Plea Deadline Before Start Of Trials And Jury Selection

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court Tuesday issued an order requiring plea and settlement agreements no later than five days before the selection of a jury or the start of a non-jury trial before a judge in a criminal or civil case.

 “As our courts are resuming jury trials, this deadline will help protect the health and safety of New Mexicans by eliminating last-minute pleas and settlements after prospective jurors, witnesses, court personnel and other people have gathered in a courthouse anticipating the start of a trial,” Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura said. 

The plea and settlement