Latest Hector Balderas News

New Mexico AG wants state's anti-corruption law strengthened

Oct. 03, 2022 11:52 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is calling on lawmakers to strengthen the state’s anti-corruption law. A recent ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court upheld the dismissal of criminal charges against four defendants, and Balderas told the...

Churches defend clergy loophole in child sex abuse reporting

Sep. 28, 2022 12:05 PM EDT

It was a frigid Sunday evening at the Catholic Newman Center in Salt Lake City when the priest warned parishioners who had gathered after Mass that their right to private confessions was in jeopardy. A new law would break that sacred bond, the priest said, and directed the...

NM AG declines to charge deputies in woman's shooting death

Sep. 09, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's attorney general has decided not to file charges against Bernalillo County deputies involved in the shooting death of a mentally ill woman. The office of Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday he was declining to prosecute after...

Albuquerque police chief wants probe of teen's death in fire

Jul. 12, 2022 20:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Albuquerque police chief is calling on the state's attorney general to review a teenage boy's death in a house fire, which broke out after authorities tried to arrest a man inside. Albuquerque police announced Tuesday that Chief Harold Medina has asked...

Teen died from smoke inhalation in Albuquerque house fire

Jul. 11, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities conducting an arson investigation at a southeast Albuquerque house fire say a 15-year-old boy whose body was found inside died from smoke inhalation. Albuquerque Fire Department officials said Sunday it might take about two weeks to complete...

Ex-Las Cruces police officer's murder trial to start Monday

Jul. 09, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fired Las Cruces police officer who put a suspect in a fatal chokehold is set to begin his murder trial next week. KRQE-TV in Albuquerque reports opening statements are scheduled for Monday in the trial of Christopher Smelser. The former...