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New Mexico Legal News

Albuquerque Prosecutor Files Motion To Keep Repeat Property Crime Offender in Jail; Claims He’s a Danger to the Community

Albuquerque Prosecutor Files Motion To Keep Repeat Property Crime Offender in Jail; Claims He’s a Danger to the Community

August 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

One of Albuquerque’s top property theft criminals is out of jail and enjoying his punishment from the comfort of his own home. Justin Virgins, who pleaded guilty to dozens of crimes, including one where he ran over a police officer while fleeing a crime scene, is now under the “strict” supervision of an ankle bracelet. [...]

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Las Cruces Police, FBI, and ICE Investigate Las Cruces Massage Parlors

Las Cruces Police, FBI, and ICE Investigate Las Cruces Massage Parlors

August 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

Illegal sexual services may be taking place in massage parlors down in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Possible illegality may include prostitution, money laundering of illegal drug profits, and immigration violations. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Las Cruces Police, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiated search warrants for two massage parlors on Wednesday Augugst [...]

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Carlsbad Husband Sentenced To 20 Years For Beating, Stabbing Ex-Wife

Carlsbad Husband Sentenced To 20 Years For Beating, Stabbing Ex-Wife

August 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

Jerry W. Phillips, 42, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for stabbing and beating his ex-wife Jennifer Sanford. Phillips stabbed his wife in the thigh with a sharp tool during an argument in May 2010. Read more: http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/carlsbad-husband-sentenced-to-20-years If you’re the victim of domestic violence, and need to protect yourself or your children with [...]

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Albuquerque Judge Pat Murdoch Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Prostitute; Charges Denied; Motives of Prostitute Questioned

Albuquerque Judge Pat Murdoch Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Prostitute; Charges Denied; Motives of Prostitute Questioned

July 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

Another shock! Well-known District Court Judge Albert “Pat” Murdoch has been arrested by Albuquerque Police, accused of raping a prostitute, intimidation of a witness, and other charges. He is vehemently denying the charges. Lawyers who know Judge Murdoch are shocked by the allegations. Many believe he’s being set up. Court documents show he allegedly contacted [...]

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Albuquerque Top Cop Darren White Suddenly Quits: Investigation of His Suspect Actions Urged

Albuquerque Top Cop Darren White Suddenly Quits: Investigation of His Suspect Actions Urged

July 17, 2011 | Comments (0)

Former Albuquerque Public Safety Officer Darren White suddenly quit his super important job this week in the mist of a sustained public outcry and calls from several Albuquerque City Counsel members for an independent outside investigation into his actions regarding his wife’s car crash.  He also abruptly quit his position on the New Mexico Judicial [...]

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Albuquerque Top Cop Darren White Claims Wife Had “Medical Episode” Not DWI; Suspicions Raised Regarding His Conduct at the Scene

Albuquerque Top Cop Darren White Claims Wife Had “Medical Episode” Not DWI; Suspicions Raised Regarding His Conduct at the Scene

July 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

Chief Public Safety Officer Darren White’s wife, Kathleen White crashed her black Porsche into a curb in northeast Albuquerque on Wednesday morning, purportedly on her way to the gym.  White, who oversees both the police and fire departments, responded to the scene in his emergency vehicle, he claims, to check on his wife.  He then… [...]

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United States Legal News

American Justice: JP Morgan Chase Bank Avoids Criminal Prosecution by Paying $88 Million in Fines for Violation of Bank Laws

American Justice: JP Morgan Chase Bank Avoids Criminal Prosecution by Paying $88 Million in Fines for Violation of Bank Laws

August 28, 2011 | Comments (0)

J.P. Morgan Chase Bank has agreed to pay $88 million to settle charges of sanction violations. The settlement with the US Treasury Department concerns a series of transactions involving Cuba, Iran, and Sudan. According to the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, J.P. Morgan processed a total of $178.5 million in 2005 and [...]

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Boston Catholic Church Releases Only a Partial List of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse; Names of 91 Other Priests Kept Hidden

Boston Catholic Church Releases Only a Partial List of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse; Names of 91 Other Priests Kept Hidden

August 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

Since 1950, 248 priests and two deacons of the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston have been accused of child sexual abuse. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston recently released the names of 159 of those priests, but curiously left 91 names off the list. The Catholic Church has been criticized by many for its decades-long and continuing [...]

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Man Claims He Was Left Nearly Blind After Severe Police Beating

Man Claims He Was Left Nearly Blind After Severe Police Beating

August 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

The El Monte Police Department in California is under investigation for allegedly beating a suspect so severely that he was left nearly blind. According to attorney Brad Gage, Cornelio David Chavez endured a violent ten-minute beating by six El Monte police officers. “The beating was so loud that neighbors outside could hear the blows being [...]

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Big Business Wins in the US Supreme Court

Big Business Wins in the US Supreme Court

July 2, 2011 | Comments (0)

Doug Kendall reports that the US Supreme Court’s 2010 term was another big win for Big Business. The Court’s October 2009 term featured not only the Court’s blockbuster ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, but a success rate for the US Chamber of Commerce that reached 81% (or 13 wins in 16 cases) [...]

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Paris Hilton Pleads Guilty to Possession of Cocaine

Paris Hilton Pleads Guilty to Possession of Cocaine

September 17, 2010 | Comments (0)

Paris Hilton appeared in a Las Vegas Nevada courtroom and plead guilty to cocaine possession and obstructing an officer.  As part of an agreement she made with the Clark County District Attorney, she received two six month sentences, to run consecutively.  Those two sentences were suspended, and she was placed on probation for one year.  [...]

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Strange Legal News

Prison Guard Shames Facility By Releasing Inmate Chase Video Set To Benny Hill Theme

Prison Guard Shames Facility By Releasing Inmate Chase Video Set To Benny Hill Theme

July 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

The Albany Times-Union has acquired security footage from the local county jail — cut, sped up and set to the Benny Hill Theme “Yakety Sax.” The video shows correction officers chasing a jumpsuit-clad inmate through Albany County jail corridors and stairways. The action is speeded up, lending the attempted escape the feel of a Keystone [...]

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Entertaining Deposition: Texas Lawyers on the Attack

Entertaining Deposition: Texas Lawyers on the Attack

July 2, 2011 | Comments (0)

A deposition is where a person appears under oath to answer questions posed by an attorney. It usually occurs outside the courtroom and usually takes place in a lawyer’s office or the office of a court reporter. The deposition allows the lawyer to collect testimony from a witness that assists in the preparation of a case. [...]

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Deposition: Lying Witness?

Deposition: Lying Witness?

July 2, 2011 | Comments (0)

A deposition is where a person appears under oath to answer questions posed by an attorney. It usually occurs outside the courtroom and usually takes place in a lawyer’s office or the office of a court reporter. The deposition allows the lawyer to collect testimony from a witness that assists in the preparation of a case. [...]

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Civil Law Matters

American Justice: JP Morgan Chase Bank Avoids Criminal Prosecution by Paying $88 Million in Fines for Violation of Bank Laws

American Justice: JP Morgan Chase Bank Avoids Criminal Prosecution by Paying $88 Million in Fines for Violation of Bank Laws

August 28, 2011 | Comments (0)

J.P. Morgan Chase Bank has agreed to pay $88 million to settle charges of sanction violations. The settlement with the US Treasury Department concerns a series of transactions involving Cuba, Iran, and Sudan. According to the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, J.P. Morgan processed a total of $178.5 million in 2005 and [...]

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Man Claims He Was Left Nearly Blind After Severe Police Beating

Man Claims He Was Left Nearly Blind After Severe Police Beating

August 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

The El Monte Police Department in California is under investigation for allegedly beating a suspect so severely that he was left nearly blind. According to attorney Brad Gage, Cornelio David Chavez endured a violent ten-minute beating by six El Monte police officers. “The beating was so loud that neighbors outside could hear the blows being [...]

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Criminal Matters

Boston Catholic Church Releases Only a Partial List of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse; Names of 91 Other Priests Kept Hidden

Boston Catholic Church Releases Only a Partial List of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse; Names of 91 Other Priests Kept Hidden

August 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

Since 1950, 248 priests and two deacons of the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston have been accused of child sexual abuse. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston recently released the names of 159 of those priests, but curiously left 91 names off the list. The Catholic Church has been criticized by many for its decades-long and continuing [...]

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Albuquerque Prosecutor Files Motion To Keep Repeat Property Crime Offender in Jail; Claims He’s a Danger to the Community

Albuquerque Prosecutor Files Motion To Keep Repeat Property Crime Offender in Jail; Claims He’s a Danger to the Community

August 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

One of Albuquerque’s top property theft criminals is out of jail and enjoying his punishment from the comfort of his own home. Justin Virgins, who pleaded guilty to dozens of crimes, including one where he ran over a police officer while fleeing a crime scene, is now under the “strict” supervision of an ankle bracelet. [...]

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Las Cruces Police, FBI, and ICE Investigate Las Cruces Massage Parlors

Las Cruces Police, FBI, and ICE Investigate Las Cruces Massage Parlors

August 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

Illegal sexual services may be taking place in massage parlors down in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Possible illegality may include prostitution, money laundering of illegal drug profits, and immigration violations. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Las Cruces Police, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiated search warrants for two massage parlors on Wednesday Augugst [...]

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Carlsbad Husband Sentenced To 20 Years For Beating, Stabbing Ex-Wife

Carlsbad Husband Sentenced To 20 Years For Beating, Stabbing Ex-Wife

August 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

Jerry W. Phillips, 42, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for stabbing and beating his ex-wife Jennifer Sanford. Phillips stabbed his wife in the thigh with a sharp tool during an argument in May 2010. Read more: http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/carlsbad-husband-sentenced-to-20-years If you’re the victim of domestic violence, and need to protect yourself or your children with [...]

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Albuquerque Judge Pat Murdoch Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Prostitute; Charges Denied; Motives of Prostitute Questioned

Albuquerque Judge Pat Murdoch Arrested for Sexual Assault of a Prostitute; Charges Denied; Motives of Prostitute Questioned

July 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

Another shock! Well-known District Court Judge Albert “Pat” Murdoch has been arrested by Albuquerque Police, accused of raping a prostitute, intimidation of a witness, and other charges. He is vehemently denying the charges. Lawyers who know Judge Murdoch are shocked by the allegations. Many believe he’s being set up. Court documents show he allegedly contacted [...]

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Former University of New Mexico President F. Chris Garcia Arrested in Online Prostitution Ring Bust

Former University of New Mexico President F. Chris Garcia Arrested in Online Prostitution Ring Bust

July 10, 2011 | Comments (0)

Albuquerque Police, armed with a search warrant, raided the home and office of former UNM President F. Chris Garcia.  Police seized computers, electronic storage devices, sex toys, pornographic videos, sex books, a folder with copies of criminal statutes on prostitution, and notepads with information regarding the alleged online prostitution operation known as “Southwest Companions”.  Garcia [...]

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Important Court Decisions

Study of US Supreme Court Decisions under Rehnquist

Study of US Supreme Court Decisions under Rehnquist

July 2, 2011 | Comments (0)

Rehnquist-Chamber-Study-12-17-10 If you live in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas, or the surrounding area, and you’d like to talk to a Smart Aggressive Experienced New Mexico Attorney about your situation, to explain the applicable law, the legal process, and your legal rights and options, Lawyers505.com offers free consultations, same-day appointments, reasonable fees, and [...]

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Big Business Wins in the US Supreme Court

Big Business Wins in the US Supreme Court

July 2, 2011 | Comments (0)

Doug Kendall reports that the US Supreme Court’s 2010 term was another big win for Big Business. The Court’s October 2009 term featured not only the Court’s blockbuster ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, but a success rate for the US Chamber of Commerce that reached 81% (or 13 wins in 16 cases) [...]

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Divorce / Family Law

Albuquerque Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

Albuquerque Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

September 28, 2011 | Comments (0)

Are you currently in a relationship where you or your children are being physically and/or mentally hurt, abused, or threatened? Have you been the victim of physical violence? Have you been seriously threatened? Has somebody threatened to kill you? Are you in fear for your safety? Do you need to get a restraining order to [...]

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The Child Custody, Timesharing, and Visitation Process

The Child Custody, Timesharing, and Visitation Process

August 28, 2011 | Comments (0)

Your right to have a relationship with and raise your child according to your own goals, morals, beliefs, values, philosophy, traditions, customs, and personal standards is one of the most important things there is in life. The United States Constitution recognizes this as a Fundamental Constitutional Right that the government can only modify, regulate, and/or [...]

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The Divorce Process

The Divorce Process

August 28, 2011 | Comments (0)

New Mexico has what’s called “no fault” divorce, which means that with respect to dividing up the marital property and debts, this is done without regard to fault. In other words, the reasons behind the divorce (abuse, abandonment, adultery, cruelty, incompatibility, etc.) are essentially irrelevant. These “fault” issues might be important with respect to child [...]

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Child Kinship Guardianship

Child Kinship Guardianship

August 20, 2011 | Comments (0)

Child kinship guardianship cases are situations where someone, usually a grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or even a close friend of the parent of the child is seeking formal court approval to obtain custody of a young child because that child’s parents are either unwilling or unable to do so. This type of guardianship can [...]

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Grandparent Visitation

Grandparent Visitation

August 18, 2011 | Comments (0)

The State of New Mexico has very specific statutes governing grandparent visitation. Both the New Mexico Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States have issued numerous and detailed opinions regarding grandparent visitation rights, the interplay between them and parental rights, and the court procedures that must be followed in connection with these [...]

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The Child Support Process

The Child Support Process

August 8, 2011 | Comments (0)

In New Mexico, child-support matters are fairly straightforward. Most matters can be handled in one hearing. However, in situations where child-support is claimed to be owed over a long period of time, where there are a lot of financial and other documents involved, where there complicated evidence issues, where somebody’s driver’s license has been suspended, [...]

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Personal Injury

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Business Law & Business Lawsuits

Big Business Wins in the US Supreme Court

Big Business Wins in the US Supreme Court

July 2, 2011 | Comments (0)

Doug Kendall reports that the US Supreme Court’s 2010 term was another big win for Big Business. The Court’s October 2009 term featured not only the Court’s blockbuster ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, but a success rate for the US Chamber of Commerce that reached 81% (or 13 wins in 16 cases) [...]

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