Tag Archives: Ex Parte Communication

NMSC: Trial judge properly granted new trial after he had ex parte contact with jury

After a murder trial that involved some confusing jury instructions, the jury appeared to return an inconsistent verdict on one count. Without notifying counsel, the trial judge walked over to the jury room and said “I’m confused about your verdict,” … Continue reading

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NM Supreme Court censures judge for ex parte communication

According to this story by Mark Oswald in the Albuquerque Journal, the New Mexico Supreme Court has censured District Judge Sarah Singleton of Santa Fe for an ex parte communication she had with one of the plaintiffs’ lawyers in the FedEx … Continue reading

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