NMSC Issues Rare Reversal for Lack of Sufficient Evidence

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The New Mexico Supreme Court published its first opinion of the new year last week. In State v. Garcia, the Court reviewed the conviction of a man for child abuse

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NMSC: Fleeing Police Can Be Predicate for Felony Murder

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In State v. Groves, the Court examined whether aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer–a fourth degree felony–can serve as the predicate for a felony murder charge. Writing for a unanimous

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NMSC: State Is Immune from Quiet Title Lawsuits

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In Nash v. Board of Commissioners of Catron County, the New Mexico Supreme Court examined whether the government enjoys sovereign immunity from suits to quiet title. Justice Thomson, writing for

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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 Rejects Secretary of State’s Decision to Put Form over Substance

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I’m a little late in blogging about this New Mexico Supreme Court opinion in Morper v. Toulouse Oliver from a few weeks ago but to be honest was not sure

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NMSC: A Business Cannot Sue for Unfair Competition Under the Unfair Practices Act

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The Unfair Practices Act is one of the most useful laws in New Mexico for consumers. But it protects consumers, not businesses: businesses cannot sue each other for

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State v. Sloan: NMSC Affirms Felony Murder Conviction

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State v. Sloan is a direct appeal of a felony murder conviction. The defendant and two other people broke into the victim’s house to obtain money or drugs. During 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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