Clovis Legal Aid office finding footing

Benna Sayyed Matthew Rowland received a layoff notice two weeks after he started working as managing attorney of the New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis. “I was calling saying, ‘Is this some kind of a joke. I just got here,’” Rowland said. That was one year ago. Now things are looking up at the […]

Court addresses different kind of cold case

Freedom New Mexico The scientific standard for statistical significance and the legal standard for material misrepresentation in a federal securities case aren’t the kinds of topics that typically inspire lively dinner conversation. Nevertheless, a recent Supreme Court decision involving these issues deserves greater public attention and will affect consumers’ choices in their stock portfolios and […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Free legal advice, school spirit and a shootout

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Send lawyers There a free legal fair from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Curry County courthouse. Free consultation with Attorneys and Civil Legal Service Providers for such things as divorce, estates, unemployment, real estate and criminal law. Question of the day […]

Legal fair scheduled at courthouse

CNJ staff A legal fair will be held 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Curry County Courthouse. Free consultations are available with attorneys and civil legal service providers. Issues covered include divorce, custody and support, wills and estates, unemployment, real estate transactions, family law, criminal law, juvenile law and Social Security. Consultations are […]

Arizona law harms state’s legal taxpayers

In Mexico they call it “la ley del odio” — the law of hate. Indeed, President Felipe Calderon had publicly condemned the act and Mexican border governors had said they would boycott a planned conference before it was moved from Arizona to New Mexico. To many people, Arizona’s anti-immigration law that went into effect last […]

Land commissioner defends request for legal fees

By Steven Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, who also sits on the State Investment Council, on Monday defended the SIC’s request for millions of dollars in additional legal fees to a San Francisco law firm conducting an internal review of documents related to federal investigations of state investment practices. […]

State Bar awards grants to legal service providers

The State Bar of New Mexico, through the New Mexico Bar Foundation, awarded nearly $178,000 in grants to 12 entities which provide legal services to low-income New Mexicans.

Bill allowing broadcast of legal ads clears House

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A measure that would allow legal advertisements to be broadcast on television or read on the radio to meet publication requirements has cleared the House, but might face a tough time in its first Senate committee. The measure, sponsored by House Speaker Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, would allow ads for […]

Overview: Capital punishment in New Mexico

The New Mexican Here’s a list of all legal executions performed by the New Mexico Department of Corrections (between 1913 and 1929 all executions there were the responsibilities of individual county sheriffs): • July 21, 1933: Two men die in the state’s new electric chair. The first was Thomas Johnson, a black man convicted of […]

Legal ads have their own Web site

New Mexicans can now go to a single Web site to locate

Legal ads best left untouched by government

Freedom New Mexico Perhaps local newspapers and local governments should come to an agreement in which each party says to the other: We reserve the right to take issue with how you do your job, but we’ll stop short of actually trying to do your job. This proposition comes to mind because of efforts across […]

Roswell student’s return to Mexico causing furor

The Associated Press ROSWELL — Karina Acosta’s senior year at Roswell High came to an abrupt end after she was ticketed for blocking a fire lane outside a school and driving without a license. The officer who stopped her — a Roswell policeman assigned to the school — asked her for proof of legal U.S. […]

Walls won’t solve problems on immigration

By Freedom New Mexico The seizures have begun. The federal Department of Homeland Security has begun filing condemnation lawsuits to take property along the Texas border so it can try to fence this country off from Mexico. The first lawsuits were filed earlier this month, beginning with people who hadn’t allowed government workers on their […]

Michigan legal complaint unfounded

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There are times in our political process where legal recourse is needed. Now is not that time; Michigan is not that place. On Tuesday, the state featured a competitive Republican primary, with Mitt Romney winning with support from both Republican and Democratic voters. Why did Democrats vote for Romney? […]

Undocumented immigrants fight for education

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Edith, left, and Adriana, Clovis High School seniors, have been in the U.S. for at least six years. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Iveth has attended Clovis schools since she came to the United States with her parents about six years ago. Now a Clovis High School senior taking […]

Letters to the Editor: Driver’s licenses should be exclusive

Wednesday’s CNJ report on foreign national driver’s licenses begs a few comments. Driver’s licenses are the closest the United States has to national identification and here we are in New Mexico providing them to undocumented immigrants. We are already giving away our tax dollars in education, medical expenses and welfare to these individuals and now […]

Test shows Thomas under legal limit

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CNJ File Photo Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas was arrested Aug. 3 and charged with driving under the influence and open container. A blood test showed Thomas’s blood alcohol content was .04 percent, half the state’s legal limit. Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas’ blood alcohol level was half the legal limit the night he was […]

District judge putting down gavel

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CNJ file photo Joe Parker, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, regrets having to leave the legal world. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers District Judge Joe Parker has resigned his position, effective today, citing an ongoing battle with Parkinson’s disease. Though it may seem like a sudden announcement, Parker said it was a very difficult decision […]

$54 million pants lawsuit abuses judicial system

By Freedom Newspapers Washington, D.C., administrative law judge Roy Pearson last week lost his $54 million case against his drycleaners for losing a pair of his pants. Fifty-four million dollars. Over a pair of pants. Thankfully, he lost the case, but why was such an absurd lawsuit even allowed to get that far? Not surprisingly, […]