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District Attorney Marco Serna Convicts Child Rapist

on February 20, 2019 - 2:34pm
David Hyams
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Firstt Judicial District Attorney Marco Serna released the following statement Tuesday regarding his office’s conviction of David Hyams:
 
“I am grateful to announce that our office was able to bring justice against Hyams yesterday convicting him of two counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration in the First Degree (Child Under 13) and one count of Criminal Sexual Contact in the Second Degree (Unclothed) (Child Under 13). And I am thankful to and proud of the brave, young victim who traveled from Hawaii to testify at trial, and for the service of the

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 30, 2018-Feb. 12, 2019

on February 20, 2019 - 8:26am

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.

SO YOUNG CHOI

Jan. 30 at 10 p.m. / Police arrested So Young Choi, 25, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant. Police arrested Choi again Feb. 1 at 7:35 p.m. on Aster Street and charged her with battery against a household member and criminal damage to property.

 

 

 

LAUREN ASHLEY PARKER

Feb. 8 at 12:05 a.m.

U.S. Marshals Looking For Disbarred Attorney Wanted For Murder After Removing Ankle Monitor And Fleeing

on February 7, 2019 - 2:03pm
Richard V. Merritt is on the lam
 
U.S. MARSHALS News:
 
ATLANTA - The U.S. Marshals-led Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force is searching for a man wanted for the murder of his mother in DeKalb County, Ga., after removing an ankle monitor and failing to appear and surrender himself to authorities for a previous conviction in Cobb County.
 
Richard V. Merritt, a disbarred attorney, was being monitored by law enforcement via an ankle monitor and was scheduled to surrender Feb.

RSF: Founder Of Human Rights Website Sentenced To 5 Years In Prison In China

on February 7, 2019 - 12:32pm
Liu Feiyue
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges for the immediate release of Liu Feiyue, founder of a Chinese human rights information website, who was sentenced today to 5 years for “inciting subversion of state power.”
 
Jan. 29, the Suizhou Intermediate People’s Court in central China (Hubei province) sentenced citizen-journalist Liu Feiyue, 48, founder of human rights website Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch (also known as Minsheng Guancha) to 5 years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” and “publishing articles that opposed the socialist system.”
 

RSF: Prosecution Over Shortwave Broadcasts To China

on February 4, 2019 - 8:59am
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Thai authorities to drop all proceedings against Yung-hsin Chiang, a Taiwanese businessman based in Thailand who is facing a possible five-year jail sentence in a connection with a short-wave radio station that targeted listeners in China.
 
Chiang, who is due to appear in court Feb. 12, was arrested at his office in Bangkok Nov. 23 on a charge of violating Thailand’s broadcasting laws and was held for two days before being released on bail.
 
His crime is to have helped rent premises in the northern city of Chiang Mai that had

Attorney General Hector Balderas Secures Multiple Felony Convictions Against Criminal Fraudster

on February 1, 2019 - 7:19am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday the successful prosecution of Edward Boysel who fraudulently operated a concealed firearms training business while failing to report his income and unlawfully receiving state benefits.
 
“For many, Medicaid and state benefits mean the difference between life and death," Balderas said. “My office aggressively prosecutes offenders who harm our most vulnerable New Mexicans by taking advantage of the system.”
 
Boysel pleaded guilty to five felony counts including:
 
  • Money

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 26 To Jan. 28, 2019

on January 30, 2019 - 11:00am

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.

ZACHARY DAVID MARTINEZ

Jan. 26 at 3:46 p.m. / Police arrested Zachary David Martinez, 26, of Espanola on Sombrillo Court and charged him with driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license.

 

 

MICHAEL S. KOWALCZYK

Jan. 28 at 4:15 p.m. / Police arrested Michael S.

Balderas Announces $120 Million Settlement With Johnson & Johnson Subsidiary Over Marketing Practices

on January 26, 2019 - 1:11pm
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that he and 45 other Attorneys General reached a $120 million settlement with Johnson & Johnson and DePuy to resolve allegations that DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices, the ASR XL and the Pinnacle Ultamet.
 
Depuy claimed the devices were much more reliable than they actually were. Contrary to DePuy’s claims of reliability, these hip implants were found to fail at rates more than eight times higher than rates advertised.
 
“Doctors and patients

Supreme Court Issues Ruling On State Constitutional Protections Of Privacy Rights

on January 26, 2019 - 12:12pm
SUPREME COURT News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that police did not violate a Farmington man’s constitutional right to privacy by entering an unlocked apartment without a warrant to check on the well-being of children and adults who were inside.
 
The Court’s unanimous decision provides new legal guidance on when police are justified under the New Mexico Constitution to enter a private residence without a warrant.
 
In an opinion written by Justice Barbara J.

Governor Fills Pair Of Supreme Court Seats

on January 26, 2019 - 9:18am
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Friday made two appointments to the state Supreme Court, closing the vacancies left by former Justices Charles Daniels and Petra Maes, who retired.
 
The governor announced C. Shannon Bacon and David K. Thomson, formerly of the Second Judicial District and First Judicial District, respectively.
 
“Justices Bacon and Thomson are eminently qualified jurists who have earned the broad respect of their peers, accrued decades of extensive and varied experience, and demonstrated a consistent fidelity to

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 16 To Jan. 22, 2019

on January 23, 2019 - 11:48am

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.

DANIEL G. ARCHULETA

Jan. 16 at 12:30 p.m. / Police arrested Daniel G. Archuleta, 37, of Espanola at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

 

LYNNE JOLEEN MCCARTHY

Jan. 19 at 11:54 a.m. / Police arrested Lynne Joleen McCarthy, 67, of Madrid at North Road and 42nd Street on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

 

ERIK GONZALEZ-LOYA

Jan.

Chief Justice: NM Court System In Better Shape

on January 18, 2019 - 6:41pm
New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura delivers her State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
By PHAEDRA HAYWOOD
 
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura told a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature Thursday the state's justice system, which her predecessor described in 2017 as a patient on life support, is beginning to breathe on its own.
 
Nakamura said funding appropriated over the past two years means the judicial branch

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Jan. 10, 2019

on January 16, 2019 - 11:46am

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.

MARTIN RAMOS-CASTILLO

Jan. 10 at 10:15 a.m. /Police arrested Martin Ramos-Castillo, 38, of Chili, N.M. in Espanola on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

Editor's note: The Los Alamos Detention Center is undergoing water damage repairs so inmates have been transferred to facilities in the surrounding area. Inmates are scheduled to return Jan.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura To Deliver State Of Judiciary Address To Joint Session

on January 15, 2019 - 5:30am
NMSC News:
 
SANTA FE Chief Justice Judith Nakamura of the New Mexico Supreme Court will deliver the State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Legislature at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 17, at Chambers of the House of Representative in the State Capitol in Santa Fe.

NMCLP: Court Order Supports Call To Transform New Mexico’s School System

on January 13, 2019 - 7:07am
From New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Judge Sarah Singleton’s most recent order in Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico makes clear that the court expects a major overhaul of the state’s public school system to bring it into compliance with the constitution and other state laws.
 
The extensive 600-page “findings of fact and conclusions of law” describes in great detail the need for a multicultural education framework, improved bilingual and English language learner programming, universal and quality full-day pre-kindergarten, sufficient access to extended learning

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 30, 2018 - Jan. 8, 2019

on January 9, 2019 - 6:46pm

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.

JOSHON C. EBANKS

Dec. 30 at 11 :15 p.m. / Police arrested Joshon C. Ebanks, 22, of Los Alamos at 700 Trinity Dr., and charged him with public affray and battery.

 

 

OSCAR A. DUARTE-FIERRO

Jan. 6 at 11:19 a.m. / Police arrested Oscar A. Duarte-Fierro, 25, of Los Alamos on 44th Street and charged him with assault against a household member.

 

 

BRYAN ALBERTO REYES

Jan.

Eight Judicial District Judge Sarah Backus To Retire

on January 9, 2019 - 11:20am
Judge Sarah Backus
 
NMSC News:
 
TAOS Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Sarah Backus announced that she will retire at the end of next month after serving more than seven years on the court.
 
“It has been a great honor to serve the people of the Eighth Judicial District for the past seven and one half years," Judge Backus said. “I appreciate their support and confidence in me, especially after my controversial ruling last August.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 30, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019

on January 5, 2019 - 6:40am

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.

ANTONIO PAUL VELASQUEZ

Dec. 30 at 12:23 a.m. / Police arrested Antonio Paul Velasquez, 21, of Salt Lake City, Utah at Diamond Drive and West Road and charged him with possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license and driving without insurance.

BRADY C. JOHNSON

New Land Commissioner SGR Sworn Into Office

on January 1, 2019 - 7:24am

Supreme Court Justice Michael Vigil administers the oath of office to newly elected New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos during a ceremony shortly after midnight this morning in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Supreme Court Justice Michael Vigil congratulates new elected Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard after swearing her into office during a ceremony shortly after midnight this morning in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

Gov. Susana Martinez Appoints Daniel Gallegos Jr. To Second Judicial District Court

on December 29, 2018 - 7:25am
Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Daniel Gallegos Jr. of Albuquerque to the Second Judicial District Court, Criminal Division.
 
Gallegos fills the vacancy created by Judge Alan Malott, who retired in October.
 
Gallegos has served as a judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals, the state’s second highest court, since January. Gallegos is also a U.S. Navy Reserve Lt. Commander, serving as a reserve international law attorney for Naval Forces in Europe and Africa.
 
Gallegos holds a Juris Doctorate from Notre Dame Law School in Notre

Kenneth Starr To Lecture At UNM School Of Law

on December 28, 2018 - 8:43am

Kenneth Starr

UNM News:

Kenneth Winston Starr, J.D., will present, “Investigating the President, Now and Then: Living in a Constitutional Quagmire” at The University of New Mexico School of Law on Wednesday, Jan. 23. 

Starr will present his lecture as a Distinguished John Field Simms, Sr. Memorial Lecturer. 

The event — which was postponed in October and now rescheduled — includes a book signing beginning at 4:45 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. by the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required and can be completed on the UNM School of Law website or by phone

RSF: First Anniversary Of Blogger Wu Gan Conviction

on December 27, 2018 - 8:27am
Chinese blogger Wu Gan sentenced to eight years in prison for criticizing corruption within the Communist Party’s ranks. Courtesy photo
 
RSF News:
 
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the international community not to forget Wu Gan, a Chinese blogger who was sentenced to eight years in prison exactly a year ago for criticizing corruption within the Communist Party’s ranks.
 
Wu received the eight-year jail sentence on a charge of “subverting state power” from a court in the northern city of Tianjin Dec. 26, 2017, after 952 days in preventive detention.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 19 To Dec. 22, 2018

on December 26, 2018 - 3:30pm

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.

NICOLE BORREGO

Dec. 19 at 11:14 pm. / Police arrested Nicole Borrego, 28, of Albuquerque in Santa Fe District Court on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.

 

 

KYLE D. NEWELL

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Dec. 22, at 10:03 p.m. / Police arrested Kyle D. Newell, 19, of Las Cruces on Trinity Drive and charged him with possession of marijuana.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Dec. 12 To Dec. 17, 2018

on December 22, 2018 - 8:53am

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.

BRANDEN R. GARCIA

Dec. 12 at 1:18 p.m. / Police arrested Branden R. Garcia, 26, of Fairview at 2500 Trinity Dr., on an outstanding Municipal Court warrant.

 

 

JESUS ANTONIO VELAZCO

Dec. 13 at 12:11 p.m. / Police arrested Jesus Antonio Velazco, 46, of Los Alamos at 2500 Trinity Dr., and charged him with assault and disorderly conduct.

 

FERNANDO JOSE RODRIGUEZ

Dec.

Two Chinese Hackers Associated With The Ministry Of State Security Charged With Global Computer Intrusion

on December 21, 2018 - 4:17pm
DOJ News:
 
The unsealing of an indictment charging Zhu Hua (朱华), aka Afwar, aka CVNX, aka Alayos, aka Godkiller; and Zhang Shilong (张士龙), aka Baobeilong, aka Zhang Jianguo, aka Atreexp, both nationals of the People’s Republic of China (China), with conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft was announced Thursday.
 
The announcement was made by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman for the Southern District of New York, Director Christopher A. Wray of the FBI, Director Dermot F.

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