Chief justice claims ‘false allegations’

Mike Gallagher Chief Justice Charles Daniels said Wednesday he won’t remove himself from any matters arising from criminal charges against a Las Cruces judge — and said the request that he do so contained “false allegations” and “factual misrepresentations.” In a strongly worded order, Daniels took aim at allegations raised by special prosecutor Matt Chandler […]

Norway: Do justice, but protect freedom

Freedom New Mexico We continue to be horrified by the mass killings in Norway, allegedly by Anders Behring Breivik. He has confessed that, on July 22, he set off a bomb in Oslo, the country’s capital, killing at least eight people. More than 80 others were killed when he went on a killing spree at […]

Geronimo, bin Laden share similarities

Like every other American, I was stunned last Sunday when I learned that Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals in a military enclave in Pakistan. I felt relieved that we had finally run the admitted mastermind of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks to ground. I was glad that our military and intelligence members […]

Portales past: Jan 26, 1951

Jan 26, 1951: The Portales Daily News: Ad for the Yam Theatre: Double Barreled Justice, starring Alan “Rocky” Lane and his stallion, Black Jack.

Portales past: Jan. 2, 1962

Jan. 2, 1962: Portales News-Tribune: Eldon Whitton was confirmed as justice of the peace for Precinct 1 by the county commissioners today, releasing Keith Rowland to assume his duties as chief of police.

Department of Justice awards regional agency $488,000 grant

Freedom New Mexico Sexual Assault Services of Eastern New Mexico is one of nine entities to share $488,000 from the Department of Justice, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The money comes from a $1.19 million portion of a grant to strengthen local justice system responses to violent crimes against women. […]

Justice says judge ruled correctly in Arizona case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Wednesday that a judge ruled correctly in blocking the most controversial parts of Arizona’s immigration law. “States can and do play a role in cooperating with the federal government in its enforcement of the immigration laws, but they must do so within our constitutional framework,” department spokeswoman Hannah […]

Student serving on police force

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer From patrol to dispatch to animal control, a Portales college student is observing law enforcement up close and personal. Jessica Pacheco, a senior in criminal justice at Eastern New Mexico University, is serving as an intern with the Portales Police Department. She aims to become an officer, but hasn’t […]

FCC should release hold on broadband

Freedom New Mexico The White House and Justice Department have urged the Federal Communications Commission to provide more of the electromagnetic spectrum for wireless high-speed Internet services, suggesting that facilitating more of such services would improve competition in the field. Releasing more of the spectrum to wireless providers is among the least-intrusive ways to allow […]

Distributive justice not justice at all

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist For a long time, political philosophers were interested in identifying the nature of justice. It started with Socrates and lasted to when John Stuart Mill did his work, although by that time there had been talk of this thing called distributive justice. By now, most political theorists dwell […]

Nov. 3 ENMU Briefs

Students attend summit Eastern New Mexico University freshman theater major Kyree McField, freshman criminal justice and psychology major Shani Morris and junior public relations major, Jordan Anderson, attended the Governor’s Achievement Gap Summit on Oct. 26 in Albuquerque. About 12 students attended, with the group comprised of Eastern’s students and junior high and high school […]

Tyranny marked by silenced dissent

By Tibor Machan: FNM columnist When people voice fear of the American government, they are often accused of being irrational or paranoid. But there are good reasons not to dismiss such concerns under current circumstances. When society is considered a collective, those who see themselves as its leaders can quite easily slip into a mode […]

Feds settle Clovis nursing home lawsuit

The Associated Press The owners of a now-defunct Clovis nursing home have agreed to pay more than $1.2 million to settle a false claims lawsuit. The U.S. Justice Department on Friday announced the settlement with Dr. Ali Ghaffari Sr., the medical director of the Buena Vista Retirement Center, and Linda Rose Ghaffari, the nursing home’s […]

Editorial: Supreme Court clarifies FDA not infallible

Not so long ago, fans and critics had the U.S. Supreme Court since the accession of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito as a reliably “pro-business” court, likely to side fairly reliably with corporations in disputes with employees or customers. Several recent cases have called that description into question, but Wyeth v. Levine, […]

Nov. 25, 1935

The Portales Daily News reported that November was the busiest month for Justice of the Peace Tuska Walker since he took office. He had already married 11 couples.

Improper use of national security letters should be curbed by Congress

Freedom New Mexico FBI Director Robert S. Mueller has confirmed in a Senate hearing that a forthcoming report from the Justice Department’s inspector general will find that abuses by FBI agents in the use of a tool called national security letters (NSLs) occurred in 2006. This comes even after abuses had been documented from 2003-05, […]

Student body president good fit

By Liliana Castillo, Freedom New Mexico ENMU student body president Mario Cabrera, 23, is dressed down today in a button up shirt and jeans. But he stands out as more neatly dressed than most of his collegiate counterparts. His usual garb is much more stately, he said. More often than not, Cabrera can been seen […]

Interpretation of disrimination law unfounded

One can understand the frustration that led Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to issue her dissent orally, from the bench, last week in the case of Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber. But her argument is properly with the law as written rather than with the court’s majority opinion. If the law offers an insufficient remedy […]

Abortion likely to become central campaign issue

Editorial On an emotional level it is difficult to be unhappy with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the 2003 Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. The procedure banned in that law, which involves extracting from the womb most of an intact fetus, 20 weeks or older, then piercing or crushing the skull to make sure the […]

Arbitrary use of punitive damages can’t be allowed

Editorial The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a $79.5 million punitive damage award against tobacco giant Philip Morris to the widow of a longtime smoker. Mayola Williams, whose husband died of lung cancer in 1997 after smoking cigarettes for more than 40 years, still will receive $821,000 in compensatory damages, but the high […]