U.S. government must have checks and balances

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Liberty includes freedom from arbitrary action by government. That’s why the U.S. Constitution established a judicial branch as a check on the powers of the executive and legislative branches. For that reason it’s commendable that the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided to take up the question of whether those […]

Roswell man arraigned on vehicular homicide

By Tony Parra The criminal history of a Roswell man accused of vehicular homicide in the death of a 2-week-old boy may be a factor in a case involving driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquor. Brian Moshier, 40, was arraigned on Monday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. He has four prior convictions for […]

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 […]

Letters to the editor 6/29

In response to the lady (Christine Nahmens) who expressed “concern” about the Patriot Act: Why? There are no Constitutional rights that are affected much less “trampled.” She says it allows secret searches. So? The police have always had the right to secret searches. They still need a search warrant, but don’t need to tell you […]

The battle for Supreme Court seats beginning

The rumor mills in Washington are active and the natives are anticipating a knock-down, drag-out imbroglio, perhaps as early as this summer, of the sort that everybody officially deplores for the damage done to collegiality while privately relishing every blow. Two Supreme Court justices might decide to resign, giving President Bush the opportunity to nominate […]

Pedro Amaro expected to receive life in prison

CNJ Staff The man convicted of murdering Clovis resident Kenneth Smith will receive a mandatory life sentence this morning in Ninth Judicial District Court. According to Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter, state law requires Judge Steven Quinn to give Pedro Amaro, 27, of Clovis, a mandatory life sentence following his conviction on March 10 […]