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

1187049749-87joethomas1.jpg

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

1185853861-731judgejoeparker.jpg

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, […]

Structure backbone of business

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: Guest columnist When a business is established or expanded, the owner must consider the legal structure. There are three main legal categories for a business structure: sole proprietorship partnership corporation A sole proprietorship is a one-person-owned business that cannot be transferred to another person. A business owner who wants the independence and […]

Free legal advice offered to victims of March tornado

CNJ staff The State Bar of New Mexico’s Young Lawyer division is providing attorneys to give free legal advice, counseling and representation to individuals affected by the March 23 tornado, a press release said. Services include assistance with replacing lost documents, housing, landlord-tenant disputes, consumer rights, insurance questions and referrals to local or state agencies, […]

April 3, 1948

Dr. Gil Knutson and Gorilla Poggi were preparing to square off against Ace Freeman and Olan Boynton in an Australian tag-team wrestling match at the Clovis Armory. Ringside seats were $1.75, and available at Duckworth Drug and Busy Bee Café. … Wanda Wilson was student of the week at Clovis High School. … The “Legal […]

Immigration bill start toward right direction

By Freedom Newspapers This year’s congressional debate over immigration has begun with the introduction last week of a House bill that would stiffen enforcement and worker verification procedures, set up a guest worker program and offer a path to citizenship for the 11 million to 12 million workers who are already in this country illegally. […]

Land officials overstep bounds in property battle

By Freedom Newspapers Let’s say government officials want you to turn over a piece of your property to them for free. Let’s say you refuse, arguing that you have no legal requirement to do so. And let’s say the government officials then embark on a harassment campaign to intimidate you into giving them what they […]

Legal office may face shuttering sentence

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer For 29 years, Lucy Lopez has guided low-income residents in Curry County through the legal system maze. Now, her job is in peril. The New Mexico Legal Aid office in Clovis where Lopez works as a paralegal has been recommended for closure. “We are needed (in Curry County),” Lopez […]

Legal battles difficult for veterans

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Senate voted on Aug. 3 to allow paid attorneys, for the first time in over a century, to represent veterans in filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs. “It’s like inviting the wolf into the chicken house,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Charley Burch. Burch, 74, […]

Clovis man sentence for 10th DWI conviction

CNJ staff A Clovis man was sentenced Friday to 2 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to his 10th DWI, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Steve Madrigal, 50, was arrested in May 2005 during a traffic stop, the release said. At the time of the arrest, Madrigal’s […]

Creating paper trails : Having quick access to important life documents is crucial in the event of a disaster or emergency

1149914804-safe.papers.jpg

By Theresa Walker : Freedom News Service When it comes to life’s emergencies and disasters, we all need to start thinking like Boy Scouts. You know, always be prepared. Maybe you’ve got 10 gallons of water stored away, along with extra food and hygiene supplies. That’s a good start. But what about important documents? If […]

U.S. not dumping ground for Mexican woes

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Ross Perot famously predicted that if Congress passed the North American Free Trade Agreement, we’d hear a “giant sucking sound” as American jobs were exported to our southern neighbor. Not only did that not happen, but American exports to Mexico have jumped. According to an analysis by Howard J. Wall […]

Vague laws leave courts to clean up after Congress

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court last week made it sound as if it were strictly a narrow legal matter. But in Schaffer v. Weast it set policies for thousands of school districts around the country, determined how millions of dollars will be spent and had a huge impact on what kind of services some […]

Car dealership owner wins back legal fees

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers A U.S. district court has ruled in favor of a car dealership owner in court action related to a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The ruling allows the car dealer to recoup some or possibly all of his $185,000 in legal expenses. Alva Carter, owner […]

Academy conflict unlikely to end quickly or easily

Freedom Newspapers Two new developments in the clash over religious expression at the Air Force Academy probably bear mentioning. Neither suggests the controversy will be ending anytime soon. The Senate last week approved, by a 99-0 vote, a measure that will leave decisions regarding the appropriateness of voluntary, nondenominational prayers at school functions to the […]

Gun rights bill should help end frivolous lawsuits

Freedom Newspapers A few years ago, the strategy of gun-control advocates was obvious: File frivolous liability lawsuits against gun makers and distributors, knowing that, whatever the ultimate merits of the cases, the manufacturers would be hard-pressed to keep fighting. Many would go out of business, profits would decline for others, and the high costs imposed […]

Former CNJ publisher dies at 75

CNJ staff James “Jim” Griffin, a former publisher for the Clovis News Journal, died Monday at his home in Clovis. He was 75. Griffin led the paper for about 15 years in the 1970s and 1980s. One friend called him a man of the people, comfortable around big crowds, and able to take a joke. […]

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 […]