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Governor appoints Judges Shannon Bacon and David Thomson to the NM Supreme Court

Last week, Governor Lujan Grisham appointed District Judges Shannon Bacon and David Thomson to fill the two vacant seats on the New Mexico Supreme Court. Judge Bacon is on the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque. According to this story … Continue reading

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I’m back!

I’m happy to announce that my law blog is back in business. I took the blog offline after being sworn in as a judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals in October 2017. I campaigned to keep my seat, … Continue reading

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10th Cir. Chief Judge Tymkovich speaks on judicial independence at University of Chicago.

Recently, Tenth Circuit Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich spoke at the University of Chicago Law School on “Judicial Independence From Jay to Roberts.” Here is a report on his talk. Hat tip to How Appealing.

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New Mexico’s own Judge Harris Hartz on Justice Gorsuch

In this article by Zoe Tillman of Buzzfeed, Tenth Circuit Judge Harris Hartz of New Mexico discusses Justice Neil Gorsuch and defends his record.

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Programming Note

I apologize that I haven’t posted anything here in over a month. Over the past few weeks I’ve been experiencing technical difficulties which have caused the blog to be down entirely from time to time, and which have prevented me … Continue reading

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Albuquerque Journal endorses Nakamura, French for NM appellate judgeships

The Albuquerque Journal has endorsed Justice Judith Nakamura for the New Mexico Supreme Court, and Judge Stephen French for the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Both Nakamura and French are the Republican candidates for those positions.

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Breaking: Gov. Martinez appoints Stephen French to NM Court of Appeals

I have it on good authority that Governor Martinez will appoint respected Albuquerque lawyer Stephen French to the New Mexico Court of Appeals to fill the vacancy created by Judge Cynthia Fry’s retirement. Congratulations to Judge French! UPDATE: KRQE has … Continue reading

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Failure to provide written jury instructions in Spanish did not doom conviction, says NM Court of Appeals

The New Mexico Constitution explicitly protects the right of non-English speakers to serve on juries. See N.M. Const., Article VII, Section 3. As a result, it is fairly common for speakers of Spanish, Navajo, and other languages to serve on juries with … Continue reading

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“Our lovely Supreme Court Building” in Santa Fe

Paul Weideman has this story in the Santa Fe New Mexican about our Supreme Court’s distinctive building in Santa Fe, which was built in 1937 by the Public Works Administration as part of the New Deal. The story also includes … Continue reading

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NM Court of Appeals: Party defaulted as a discovery sanction may still contest amount of damages

On Wednesday, the New Mexico Court of Appeals issued Couch v. Williams, written by Judge Bustamante. The case contains at least two points of interest: 1. Post-judgment motions filed under NMSA 1978, Section 39-1-1 are not governed by the standards that … Continue reading

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