March 15 Public Record

The following criminal cases were recently closed through the 9th Judicial District Court. To view individual cases, visit http://www.nmcourts.gov /caselookup/app and search by case number. Searches can also be conducted using last name, first name and by comparing the case number to the search returns. Under the “Register of Actions Activity” section of each case, […]

March 8, Court Dispositions

The following criminal cases were recently closed through the 9th Judicial District Court. To view individual cases, visit http://www.nmcourts.gov/ caselookup/app and search by case number. Searches can also be conducted using last name, first name and by comparing the case number to the search returns. Under the “Register of Actions Activity” section of each case, […]

U.S. resident’s imprisonment endangers rights

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Supreme Court wisely decided this month to review the case of Ali Saleh Khalah al-Marri, a legal U.S. resident who was apprehended by the federal government and held for more than five years in a Navy brig. He stands accused of being an al-Qaida operative. A three-judge panel of 4th […]

Charges filed in assault case

The Portales Police Department issued a warrant Thursday for a 27-year-old Portales man accused of assaulting an acquaintance of his ex-girlfriend, according to PPD Capt. Lonnie Berry. Police said Juan Bustamante struck Jame L. Ornelas, 33, of Portales in the head at about 11 p.m. Monday at a residence in the 1600 block of South […]

Motherhood plays strong part in politics

By Anita Doberman It seems that parenting has become a hot ticket when it comes to politics. This has always been the case in one way or another. A single candidate has always been viewed with suspicion, even by single voters, and having children has always been a basic credential. Fair or not, those were […]

Border patrol agents’ trial not about immigration

Editorial The case of Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean — Border Patrol agents in Texas convicted in 2006 of shooting an illegal-immigrant drug smuggler as he headed back toward Mexico, and sentenced to 11-year and 12-year prison terms, respectively — has become a cause c

Homicide suspect to undergo mental evaluation

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico The case against a Portales man charged with an open count of murder in the death of a 69-year-old man is on hold pending psychological evaluations. District Judge Drew Tatum ordered Thursday that Isaac Montano II, 46, undergoes a psychological evaluation, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler said. Montano’s […]

Editorial: Texas custody case warrants examination

It’s easy to look at the situation in West Texas — where

Editorial: Court should kill ‘millionaire’s amendment’

The U.S. Supreme Court heard a curious case Tuesday that highlights the absurdity of the 2002 McCain-Feingold law’s limits on contributions to political candidates. Davis v. Federal Election Commission was about a curious amendment to that law called the “millionaire’s amendment.” McCain-Feingold set limits on campaign contributions (currently $2,300 for primaries and $2,300 for general […]

Editorial: FBI should focus on real threats

The mistrial last week in the case of the “Liberty City Seven” highlights the foolishness of some of the government’s tactics in trying to track down domestic terrorists. The defendants were a group of ne’er-do-wells in a poor neighborhood of Miami who talked foolishly, were infiltrated by the FBI and then were charged with being […]