Tag Archives: Justice Charles Daniels

NM Supreme Court restricts judges’ use of social media. Did it go too far?

Yesterday the New Mexico Supreme Court issued an opinion in State v. Thomas, reversing a murder conviction because an expert witness for the prosecution testified via Skype, which the Court held violated the Confrontation Clause. But the Court, in an … Continue reading

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ABA Criminal Justice Section to meet in Albuquerque on April 28-30

The American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section will host its 2016 spring meeting at the Hotel Albuquerque from April 28-30. The program is titled “Neuroscience: Paving the Way for Criminal Justice Reform.” Chief Justice Charles Daniels of the New Mexico … Continue reading

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Daniels sworn in as Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court

On Monday, Justice Charles Daniels was sworn in for his second term as New Mexico’s Chief Justice, taking over from Justice Barbara Vigil. KRQE News has the story here, and KRWG has it here. As it happens, last night I … Continue reading

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NM Supreme Court: Prison guard’s employers are vicariously liable for sexual assaults on inmates

Anthony Townes, a guard at a privately-operated prison, used his power to rape several female inmates. He pled guilty to criminal charges arising from those assaults (and, hopefully, will spend a long time in prison himself). The inmates sued in … Continue reading

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Convictions upheld in 2010 murder of Albuquerque teenager

The New Mexico Supreme Court has issued a non-precedential opinion in State v. Pagan-Rivera, affirming convictions for murder and other crimes in connection with the November 2010 shooting death of eighteen-year-old Dwayne Johnson in Albuquerque. Justice Daniels wrote the opinion. For … Continue reading

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Self-dealing trustees must both disgorge profits and pay restoration damages, says NM Supreme Court

In Miller v. Bank of America, N.A. (June 15, 2015), the New Mexico Supreme Court has held that trustees who engage in self-dealing transactions are required both to pay restoration damages (for any losses sustained) and to disgorge any profits … Continue reading

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Temporary total disability benefits available “for life,” says NM Supreme Court

The New Mexico Supreme Court, in Fowler v. Vista Care (June 5, 2014, by Justice Daniels) has held that temporary total disability (TTD) benefits are not subject to any time limits, but are available during a worker’s entire life, as long … Continue reading

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New Mexico Supreme Court issues four published decisions in February 2014

Below is my summary of the four published decisions the New Mexico Supreme Court issued in February 2014: 1.   Rayellen Resources, Inc. v. New Mexico Cultural Properties Review Committee (Feb. 6, 2014). The Court affirmed the decision of the New … Continue reading

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NM Supreme Court reaffirms right of non-English speakers to serve on juries

One of today’s headlines at Drudge Report is “You can serve on jury even if you don’t understand english” (sic), referring to yesterday’s decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court in State v. Samora, which reaffirmed that proposition. Juror service … Continue reading

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“NM Supreme Court decides licensing board improperly revoked counselor’s license”

Milan Simonich has this report in the Carlsbad Current-Argus about this week’s non-precedential decision by the New Mexico Supreme Court in Avalos v. New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board. The Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Justice Charles … Continue reading

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