NMSC: No Magic Words for Guilty Pleas

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No "magic words" are required to show that a guilty plea is knowingly and voluntarily made.

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NMSC Affirms Order of New Trial After District Court Has ex parte Contact with Jury

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In a direct appeal, the NMSC affirms the district court's decision to order a new trial after having impermissible ex parte contact with the jury.

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NMSC Disbars Lawyer for Mismanagement of Client Funds

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The latest opinion out of the New Mexico Supreme Court, In re Behles, is a reminder of both an attorney's duty to safeguard client money and the diverse jurisdiction of

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NMCA: Dismissing With Prejudice Without Client Authority Can Be Fixed Under Rule 1-060

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The New Mexico Court of Appeals holds that a mistake occurs under Rule 1-060 when an attorney acts without authority and as a result bars the client from litigating the

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New Mexico Supreme Court Eliminates Spousal Privilege

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The New Mexico Supreme Court just became the first state to eliminate one of the more obscure legal doctrines out there: the spousal privilege. Writing for the majority, Justice Nakamura

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New Mexico Supreme Court Stops New Energy Economy’s Bid to Block PNM’s Solar Plans

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The New Mexico Supreme Court filed its opinion earlier this week affirming the Public Regulation Commission’s order approving PNM’s 2018 renewable energy procurement plan. The PRC regulates utilities, telecommunications, and

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Dunn v. Brandt – Protective Orders Trump IPRA

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On July 18, 2019, the New Mexico Court of Appeals filed its opinion in Dunn v. Brandt, a curious case under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act. The

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State v. Baca – Commitment for life can be appealed directly to New Mexico Supreme Court

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After Fidel Baca, Sr. was found dead with an enormous pickaxe sticking out of his chest, Defendant Manuel Baca was charged with his murder.  The district court found that Manuel

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Fry v. Lopez – The End of the Death Penalty in New Mexico?

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In Fry v. Lopez, the New Mexico Supreme Court reverses the death sentences for the last two defendants on death row in New Mexico.

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