One of the more controversial cases pending before New Mexico’s appellate courts is Morris v. King (which will likely be renamed soon as Morris v. Balderas), which asks whether New Mexico’s statute banning physician-assisted suicide, NMSA 1978, section 30-2-4, violates the New Mexico Constitution.
Last year, Judge Nan Nash found that the statute violated Article II, section 4 of the New Mexico Constitution, which protects rights to liberty, safety, and happiness.
The Attorney General’s Office appealed this decision, and the Court of Appeals will hear oral argument at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 26, at the Pamela B. Minzner Law Center, 2211 Tucker NE., Albuquerque, NM 87106.
I hope to attend the argument, and will report back if I’m able to attend. (Disclosure: I filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of some state legislators who support the Attorney General’s position that the statute is constitutional).