NMSC Applies Forfeiture Exception to Affirm Life Sentence

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The New Mexico Supreme Court last week, in a direct criminal appeal, affirmed a life sentence for murder in State v. Farrington. At issue was whether the district court had

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NMSC Upholds Search Warrant for Cell Phone Records

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This case, State v. Price, is the second cell phone search warrant case from the New Mexico Supreme Court in the last couple of weeks. In this case, the Court

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NMSC Addresses Double Jeopardy Concerns in Shooting from a Vehicle Law

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I am a little behind on blogging so I’m only now getting around to the two cases the Court published on August 3. In State v. Porter, the New Mexico

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NMSC: Warrant to Search Cell Phone Is Executed When Phone Is Seized

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The New Mexico Supreme Court issued an opinion earlier this week in State v. Sanchez, a direct appeal of two evidentiary issues in a first degree murder cases. The state

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NMSC: No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Bank Records

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The New Mexico Supreme Court issued an opinion today on the interesting question of whether the New Mexico Constitution protects banking records from being subpoenaed by the state. In an

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NMSC: Unmarked Cars Are Not Marked and Plainclothes Officers are Not Uniformed

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The New Mexico Supreme Court just released a new opinion interpreting the aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer statute. Justice Michael Vigil wrote for the Court. In a fairly

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NMSC: Officer’s Training and Experience Can Be the Difference Between Reasonable Suspicion and a “Hunch”

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The New Mexico Supreme Court filed its first case of 2020 last week: State v. Martinez, a 5-0 opinion written by Justice Nakamura. The opinion sets out to clarify the

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New Mexico Supreme Court Reverses Grant of Habeas Petition in Resident Child Molestation Case

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In State v. Lente, filed last week, the New Mexico Supreme Court reversed a district court order granting habeas relief to a defendant convicted of criminal sexual penetration and contact

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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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