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New State Law Helps Senior Citizens Called To Jury Duty

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — A new state law will make it easier for senior citizens to permanently excuse themselves from jury service.

The new law applies to state residents 75-years-old or older who have been summoned to jury duty. They no longer will be required to submit an affidavit – a sworn, notarized statement – if they want to be excused from jury service.

Starting June 18 when the new law takes effect, those qualifying New Mexicans can request an excusal online through the state court system’s jury website. Another option is to call the local court for more information.

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FBI: Santa Fe Woman Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Minor

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Brittany Huizar, 20, of Santa Fe pleaded guilty March 31 in Federal Court to a charge of assault resulting in substantial bodily injury in Indian Country.

A grand jury indicted Huizar Nov. 4, 2020. According to the indictment, Huizar and eight other individuals on Dec. 31, 2019 assaulted a child, who is an enrolled member of the Nambe Pueblo, multiple times before the child was able to escape. The assault began at Valdez Park on the Santa Clara Pueblo.

Huizar faces up to 5 years in prison. 

The Santa Fe Resident Agency of the FBI investigated this case with assistance from the


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New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Military Disability Benefits Not Subject To Division In Divorces

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that New Mexico courts cannot order a veteran to reimburse a former spouse for a divorce agreement’s share of military retirement pay that ended when the veteran opted to receive disability benefits.

In a unanimous decision, New Mexico’s highest court held that federal law precludes state courts from enforcing provisions of a 2006 divorce agreement that called for Angela Russ to receive 50 percent of Jeffery Russ’ military retirement earned during their marriage. However, the Supreme Court observed that a trial


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Attorney General: Felony Charges For Individuals Accused Of Stealing Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars Worth Of Hay

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE — Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday that Valencia County Magistrate Court Judge John R. Chavez found probable cause that Leo Martinez and Robbie Proffitt committed the felony crimes of embezzlement, fraud and forgery.

Proffitt and Martinez, two commercial truck drivers, allegedly stole approximately $500,000 worth of bulk hay that they were supposed to have delivered to Pareo Farm, a family dairy farm in Valencia County.

Instead, the pair sold the hay to another Valencia County rancher and fraudulently billed Pareo


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New Mexico Senate Bill 2 Allowing Expungement Of Cannabis-Related Criminal Records Heads To Governor

The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Post file photo

By Robert Nott
SFNM

A bill that would create a path for expunging criminal records tied to cases involving cannabis-related charges is on its way to the governor today after both chambers of the Legislature approved the

The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 23-13, while the House of Representatives approved it 41-28. 

While Senate Bill 2 does not eliminate conviction records, it would set up a system for reviewing and expunging criminal records from websites and other sources that are accessible to the public. It also requires a review and possible dismissal


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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Signs Measure Eliminating Fees For Juvenile Crimes

 
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
From the Office of the Governor:
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed into law today a measure that removes from criminal statute certain fines and fees relating to offenses committed by youth, aligning with the juvenile justice reform efforts of the Children, Youth and Families Department.
The measure eliminates fines for the possession of cannabis by a minor and modifies the requirement for community service to a maximum of 48 hours. It also removes a nonrefundable “application fee” for public defender representation for any child subject to the provisions

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State Files Lawsuit To Halt Holtec Nuclear Storage Facility

Attorney General Hector Balderas

AG News:

SANTA FE — Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Monday that the State of New Mexico has filed suit against the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) and the United States seeking to stop them from indefinitely storing the nation’s supply of high level radioactive waste in southeastern New Mexico.

The complaint alleges that the NRC is acting beyond the scope of its authority in licensing the proposed interim storage facility to be located in Lea and Eddy County and that the interim storage facility will jeopardize


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Los Alamos Police Blotter March 4 To March 20, 2021

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.

 

ARTURO HOUSTON

March 4 at 3:06 p.m. / Police arrested Arturo Houston, 38, of Española in Española on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

 

JESSICA LETICIA MENDEZ

March 6 at 12:47 a.m. / Police arrested Jessica Leticia Mendez, 25, of Ohkay Owingeh on Trinity Dr., on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction and charged her with shoplifting and


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New Mexico Supreme Court Rules Dangerous Mentally Incompetent Defendants May Be Committed Longer

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — Defendants found to be mentally incompetent to stand trial and dangerous may be committed for treatment for additional time because of aggravating circumstances, the New Mexico Supreme Court (NMSC) ruled Wednesday.

In a unanimous ruling, the Court affirmed a district judge’s order in 2017 to extend the criminal commitment of Ricky Quintana by five years, bringing it to a maximum for 20 years for killing a man in Las Vegas in 2003. Quintana has been held in the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute since his arrest for fatally stabbing Michael Grube at a house


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