Latest New Mexico Supreme Court News

Ruling: Car lights don't need to work perfectly, just well

Sep. 15, 2021 00:23 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has ruled that state law doesn't require vehicle tail lights all be working perfectly, only that they work well enough for their intended use. A ruling Monday by the state Supreme Court stems from a man's conviction for...

New Mexico high court avoids mayor campaign funding case

Sep. 08, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court decided not to weigh in on the Albuquerque city clerk’s decision to deny Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales about $600,000 in public financing for his campaign for mayor. The state high court on Wednesday...

New Mexico denies landowners’ push to restrict stream access

Aug. 12, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have rejected the requests of landowners who sought to restrict public access to streams and rivers that flow through their properties, marking just the latest development in a legal battle that likely won't end until the state Supreme Court...

Attorney disqualified in New Mexico utility merger case

Aug. 06, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An attorney representing an international energy company involved in a utility merger in New Mexico has been disqualified because of an alleged conflict of interest stemming from ongoing contracts with the state attorney general’s office. A...

New Mexico court affirms sentencing in 2011 triple killings

Aug. 02, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is upholding the sentencing of a man who, as a teen, killed three members of a family with a large pickax. The high court announced in a news release Monday that it determined Nicholas Ortiz's constitutional rights were...

Trial in Las Cruces girl's death put on hold by state court

Jul. 20, 2021 14:04 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico Supreme Court order has brought a trial in the death of a 2-year-old Las Cruces girl to an abrupt halt. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports opening statements were given Monday before the trial of 26-year-old Lalo Anthony Castrillo had...

New Mexico is 2nd state to make gas stations liable for DUI

Jul. 19, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gas stations have a legal obligation not to sell fuel to drivers who are believed to be intoxicated, the New Mexico Supreme Court said Monday in a decision that could have far-reaching effects on businesses and that only one other state applies so strictly. ...

Appellate court judge to fill New Mexico high court vacancy

Jul. 16, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State Court of Appeals Judge Briana Zamora has been named to the New Mexico Supreme Court, filling the vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Barbara Vigil. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office announced the appointment Friday.. The governor...

New Mexico court upholds Legislative's access restrictions

Jul. 01, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Constitution doesn't clearly require that the public be allowed to attend legislative sessions so rule changes made during the pandemic to restrict in-person access were permissible, the state Supreme Court has ruled. The opinion...