First person: Judge comfortable on the border

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Robert Brack was appointed a U.S. district judge in 2003. By Liliana Castillo: Staff writer U.S. District Judge Robert Brack, 54, moved to Clovis in 1965. In the 42 years that Brack lived in Clovis, he met his wife and became a state judge. In 2003, Brack moved his family […]

ENMU alumni to be honored at homecoming breakfast

By Mike Linn In his heyday, Jimmy Joe Robinson was a consummate coach on the hardwood, a strategist of the local high school basketball circuit. A coaching record of 528-213 and four state championships lend support to his ability to inspire teams in gymnasiums laced with the aroma of sweat and popcorn. Now retired, the […]

Brack’s seat may remain open for some time

By Darrell Todd Maurina When Judge Robert Brack leaves July 25 to assume his new federal judgeship duties in Las Cruces, the 9th Judicial District will lose one of its three judges. According to District Attorney Brett Carter, that vacancy is expected to continue for some time. “By the time they advertise it and get […]

Senate confirms Clovis judge

By Darrell Todd Maurina Robert Brack said he never planned to be an attorney. He never planned to become a state district court judge. And he certainly never planned to become a federal judge. So Brack, 50, said he could hardly believe the U.S. Senate voted Monday afternoon to confirm him for a new federal […]

Brack makes cut in nomination

Freedom Newspapers Clovis native Robert Brack received unanimous approval Thursday from the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to move from New Mexico’s 9th District Court to the U.S. District Court for New Mexico. Brack previously testified before the judiciary committee on June 25 and the committee vote clears the way for his confirmation by the full […]

Clovis man gets 41 years for criminal sexual penetration

By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal intentionally withheld information from the following story in an effort to protect the identity of the victims. Richard Swopes, 41, of St. Vrain, will spend at least 35 years in prison on a 41-year sentence following his guilty plea to three counts of criminal sexual […]

Domenici: Brack on track in nomination

By Darrell Todd Maurina Judge Robert Brack of Clovis appears on track for confirmation by the end of summer as a federal district court judge in New Mexico, according to the office of U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici. Domenici sponsored Brack’s nomination by President George Bush. Brack, one of five nominees for posts in the federal […]

Clovis judge goes to U.S. Senate confirmation hearing

A longtime Clovis attorney and state district court judge will appear before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday afternoon for hearings to confirm his appointment to the federal district court bench in New Mexico. If approved by the Judiciary Committee and confirmed by the full Senate, Judge Robert Brack will become one of five federal […]

Rodgers given jail sentence, house arrest

By Mike Linn Tiffany Rodgers, charged with vehicular homicide in the death of a 15-year-old boy, buried her head on her sister’s shoulder Tuesday, her face swollen and red with tears. It was only 25 minutes later that Rodgers, who pleaded no contest to the February 2002 crime that left Matthew Foley dead, received District […]