ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A 2nd Judicial District Court judge denied a motion to put a man tied to a grisly child killing back in jail. Instead, Judge Charles Brown eased pretrial release conditions on Fabian Gonzales to allow him to work outside Bernalillo County and to be unsupervised around children. Gonzales will now be allowed…

Court of Appeals unanimously affirms Judge Brown’s decision to release Fabian Gonzales

Juvenile defendant released pending trial in Santa Fe murder case

NM Supreme Court abolishes spousal privilege

The jury acquitted Rachel Smith in the death of an infant she was babysitting.

SANTA FE — A woman who was acquitted of killing an infant at a Santa Fe motel in March 2017 got credit for time served while awaiting trial for convictions on lesser charges and will no longer be incarcerated. In a trial that began in June, Rachel Smith, 27, was found not guilty of child…

Rachel Smith walks out of court after being acquitted of child abuse resulting in death in District Court on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican Angel Arellano, mother of Jonathan Valenzuela, cries in district court on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, as the jury read a not guilty verdict for Rachel Smith for…

Judge will not reconsider sentence for woman who killed 2 in DWI crash

by ELISE KAPLAN / JOURNAL STAFF WRITER Republican legislators from Rio Rancho are calling for a judge to resign after he sentenced a drunken driver who killed two people to three years in prison. Christie Noriega, 32, pleaded guilty in September to two counts of vehicular homicide and aggravated driving while intoxicated in the deaths of…

by Sami Edge The New Mexican | © The New Mexican | reprinted with permission District Attorney Marco Serna said Tuesday he will dismiss a murder charge against a 17-year-old Santa Fe boy, but the youth remains a suspect in the shooting death of a man from Michigan. The defendant, Zachary Gutierrez, was charged in the murder…

Murder charges dropped in Airport Road shooting

National Expungement Week

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In 2019, New Mexico enacted a comprehensive law authorizing expungement (sealing) of most non-conviction records, and of conviction records in all but the most serious violent and sexual crimes.  Effective January 1, 2020, the Criminal Record Expungement Act (CREA) authorizes courts to limit public access to all but a limited category of non-conviction records after…

Editorial Outlines Reasons to Support Expungement Statute

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a series of criminal justice bills into law Wednesday, allowing more New Mexicans to expunge records of past arrests or convictions and banning employers from asking about criminal history on an initial job application. In signing the bills, the new Democratic governor contrasted herself with Republican predecessor Susana Martinez, a former…

“It would be extremely difficult, if not unethical, for the state to go forward with the trial at this point without setting our minds at ease that we do indeed have the right person in the courtroom”

A Rio Arriba County jury convicted a former high school teacher of two counts of sexual contact of a minor and five counts of sexual penetration of a minor Thursday following a single-day trial in Tierra Amarilla. Miguel G. Garcia worked at Mesa Vista High School in Ojo Caliente from 2008-15, according to the Rio Grande…

Bill to allow petitions to judges to expunge criminal records clears Senate

Senate passes expungement bill

CREA Exoungement Statue passes first Senate Committee

New Mexico Expungement Statute Passes State House

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