Muleshoe man convicted of murder

By Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers MULESHOE — Family members of Vince Simnacher believe justice was served Friday when a Bailey County jury convicted a Muleshoe man of capital murder. Larry Kitchens, 53, was found guilty after 45 minutes of jury deliberation and sentenced to life in prison, according to 287th District Attorney Johnny Actkinson. Actkinson […]

Portales’ fight for social justice important

Helena Rodriguez : CNJ Columnist Welcome winners …. insurgents and rabble-rousers. Those are the words that greeted people Sunday at a presentation at the Memorial Building in Portales called “The Struggle for Social Justice in Roosevelt County, 1965-1980.” Dolores Penrod, an event organizer, said those are the words the Portales News-Tribune published in reference to […]

Conservatives stung by lost opportunity

By Mona Charen: Syndicated Columnist The line making the rounds among those eager to excuse President Bush for his choice of Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O’Connor is that conservative opposition to her is based on snobbery. Thus, John Gibson of the Fox News network demanded of professor Larry Sabato: “We keep hearing about […]

Judicial candidate unlikely to shake Supreme Court

Freedom Newspapers Appointing Supreme Court justices these days is like taking your life’s savings to Las Vegas and putting it all on one spin of the roulette wheel. That’s the first thing to keep in mind with President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court, which already has received some serious criticism […]

Roberts confirmed as 17th chief justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glover Roberts Jr. won confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States on Thursday, charged by the Senate with the responsibility of leading the Supreme Court through turbulent social issues for generations to come. He was scheduled to be sworn in at the White House later today by Justice […]

Victims Memorial Garden dedicated in Roosevelt County

Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers It was planned as a peaceful place for victims to gather during the multiple stages of a criminal trial and a memorial to victims of crime. The Victims Memorial Garden was dedicated Friday on the grounds of the Roosevelt County Courthouse. On hand for the ceremony were victim’s families as well […]

Judges should interpret laws, not moralize

Freedom Newspapers Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, delivering the third annual Madison Lecture at Chapman University’s law school Monday night, offered at least a partial explanation for why the upcoming confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts to join him on the high court are likely to be more heated than might seem justified by Judge […]

Justice Department: Pentagon doesn’t need governors’ OK

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is siding with the Pentagon in a dispute with some states, concluding that governors’ consent isn’t needed for the military to move Air National Guard units. The Pentagon’s proposal to close or reduce about 30 Air Guard units has emerged as the most contentious issue facing the […]

Bush should act on abortion stance

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist George W. Bush has succeeded through his reputation as a straight talker who doesn’t shrink from a fight, regardless of the political consequences. When he chooses a successor for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, we’ll find out if the reputation is warranted. The central issue hanging over the court […]

O’Connor honorable, frustrating on bench

CNJ staff She made history as the first woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court — by Ronald Reagan in 1981 — and then proceeded to flummox conservatives and liberals alike as she became what the pundits called the “swing vote” on issues with ideological ramifications. It might be more accurate to say that Sandra […]

Legal help for poor stretched thin

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — One of New Mexico’s largest organizations for getting legal help to the poor plans to lay off up to a fifth of its work force because of budget cuts or shortfalls. Legal Aid of New Mexico has announced it will lay off at least 10 and perhaps as many […]

Court allows abuse of First Amendment

By Tibor Machan The Supreme Court ruled May 23 that to compel people to support its propaganda with which they disagree does not violate the First Amendment to the Constitution. The First Amendment is the one about everyone having the right to freedom of speech. Yes, the court acknowledged, no one may be coerced into […]

Judicial nominees deserve vote

Freedom Newspapers Although the battle over judicial filibusters has taken center stage in the Senate, it obscures what should be the real question: Are those nominations for federal judgeships qualified to be given the opportunity to stand for approval before the full Senate? The two nominees now in question are Janice R. Brown, a justice […]

Limiting taxes, government helps free society

Freedom Newspapers In mid-April of each year, anyone with more than a modest income must make a reckoning with the federal and state governments. Most of us groan about it, but how often do we contemplate why we must pay such high taxes — which for most people range from 40 percent to 50 percent […]

Death penalty ruling step in right direction

CNJ staff Civilization has developed an imperfect but constructive system for transitioning error-prone children to responsible adulthood: We designate by law at what ages young people are designated partly and then fully responsible for their actions. Sixteen-year-olds can drive, but not vote or sign contracts. At 18 they are generally recognized as full adults, though […]

Texas homicide suspect arrested in Clovis

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A Plainview, Texas, man suspected of homicide was arrested in Wednesday night in Clovis as part of a joint operation between area and federal law enforcement officers. Justin L. Davis, 21, was arrested near 11th and Prince streets as a result of a joint surveillance operation between Clovis Police, […]

TV portrayal of legal system dangerous

By Tibor Machen No, this time I am only indirectly speaking about the terrible legal system that the USA is now sliding toward. Instead, it is the TV show, Law & Order, that comes up for discussion. When the show began, there was a healthy idealism about it. The initial story lines stressed principles not […]

President could put two justices on the high court

Freedom Newspapers The hospitalization of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist for thyroid cancer suddenly spotlighted one issue that has received too little attention in this campaign. The next president could put at least two, but perhaps as many as four, new justices on the high court, changing the course of U.S. lawmaking and […]

Parmer County sample ballot

Parmer County Sample Ballot President and Vice President • (Republican) George W. Bush and Dick Cheyney • (Democrat) John F. Kerry and John Edwards • (Libertarian)Michael Badnarik and Richard V. Campagna United States Representative, District 19 • (Republican) Randy Nergebauer • (Democrat) Charles W. Stenholm • (Libertarian) Richard Peterson Railroad Commissioner • (Republican) Victor G. […]

Bailey County sample ballot

Bailey County Sample Ballot President and Vice President • (Republican)George W. Bushand Dick Cheney • (Democrat) John F. Kerry and John Edwards • (Libertarian) Michael Badnaric and Richard V. Campagna United States Represetnative, District 19 • (Republican) Randy Neugebauer • (Democrat) Charles W. Stenholm • (Libertarian) Anthony Garcia Railroad Commissioner • (Republican)Victor G. Carillo • […]