Bailey County has new Justice of Peace

CNJ staff The new Justice of the Peace for Bailey County, Texas is Deb Stone. Stone finished the election Tuesday with 976 votes against Julian Dominguez, who finished with 178 votes. In uncontested races: • Sherri Bessire Harrison earned 968 votes in the county judge race. • Jackie Claborn II collected 954 votes in the […]

Not right time for justice complex

Let me see if I get this right: When I came back to Clovis in 1992, the jail was being discussed as unsuitable then. Fast forward 18 years and what have we got? A deficient jail and courthouse. So our “leaders” want to borrow an initial $16 million by issuing bonds that we, the taxpayers, […]

Criminal justice complex among issues on ballot

Kevin Wilson By Kevin Wilson CNJ STAFF WRITER kwilson@cnjonline.com With only one member of Congress on the ballot for eastern New Mexico, there aren’t many federal changes this area can make on the ballot box. But Tuesday marks the first day voters can weigh in on several state issues, including local races, state races with […]

Department of Justice awards regional agency $488,000 grant

Freedom New Mexico Sexual Assault Services of Eastern New Mexico is one of nine entities to share $488,000 from the Department of Justice, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The money comes from a $1.19 million portion of a grant to strengthen local justice system responses to violent crimes against women. […]

Melrose backs justice complex

CNJ staff report The Melrose City Council approved a resolution Thursday supporting a proposed $33 million Curry County criminal justice complex. The council supported both ballot questions voters are being asked to approve in the Nov. 2 general election. County voters are being asked to approve a $16.5 million bond and a one-quarter cent increase […]

Justice says judge ruled correctly in Arizona case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that a judge ruled correctly in blocking the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law. “States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework,” department spokeswoman Hannah […]

Court recognizes self-defense is basic right

By the narrowest margin, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that the Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to bear arms, fortifying what many have correctly believed since ratification of the Second Amendment in 1791. One dissenter in the 5-4 decision, Justice John Paul Stevens, predicted a “tsunami of legal uncertainty” from court challenges […]

On the shelves — May 23

Portales Public Library Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin Just when a prominent justice resigns, leaving a vacancy in the Supreme Court, Sarah Woodruff, on death row for murdering her lover, John Finley, has appealed her case. When for no apparent reason, another justice is mysteriously attacked, Dana Cutler is quietly called in to investigate. While […]

Citizens group to meet with Department of Justice representative

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The group Concerned Citizens of Curry County is hosting a public meeting on May 20 with Justo Garcia from the U.S. Department of Justice to voice concerns about hiring and instructional practices at Clovis schools. The group is requesting a civil rights investigation by the Justice Department. CCCC is […]

Kagan best we could expect for justice

Freedom Newspapers P resident Barack Obama’s choice of U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is politically shrewd and expedient. And it’s not the worst possible outcome for liberty-minded constitutionalists. Kagan, 50, would be the youngest member of the high court. Her resume is impressive though she is […]