Lawyers disagree on sex-crime legislation

By Darrell Todd Maurina New laws passed recently by the New Mexico legislature markedly increase penalties for sex offenders whose victims are children. Two criminal defense attorneys who have handled sex-related cases in the 9th Judicial District have opposite views of the new legislation. Clovis attorney Michael Garrett said the new laws give prosecutors important […]

Sex offender required to register

Court decision means sex offender must register STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court has refused to hear a case involving a Clovis man who asked to be exempted from New Mexico’s sex offender registry. By denying a request to consider the matter, the court lets stand a ruling last September […]

Jail overcrowding cuts into county coffers.

Jack King State financial woes and increased mandatory sentences for some offenses are contributing to overcrowding in the Curry County Adult Detention Center, said Detention Center Administrator Don Burdine and County Manager Geneva Cooper. In turn, overcrowding at the jail is contributing to a county budget shortfall and cutting into its indigent care fund, they […]