New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association - NMTLA

New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association - NMTLA The New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association is dedicated to representing the injured, standing up against injustice, and preserving the right to a jury trial.
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The New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association (NMTLA) is dedicated to protecting the interests of those who justly deserve compensation for injury to their person, business or property, and to preserve the right to a jury trial.

Mission: Seeking Justice for All. * Preserving the Constitutional Right to a Jury Trial. * Preventing Injury From Occurring.

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New Mexico made history yesterday by electing its first U.S. House delegation made up of all women of color, the result ...
11/04/2020
New Mexico elects its first all women of color House delegation

New Mexico made history yesterday by electing its first U.S. House delegation made up of all women of color, the result of three races with women running in both major parties

The historic New Mexico House delegation formed out of three races with women running in both major parties.

“While the president possesses all of the executive power of the United States, he is not an 'employee' within the meani...
10/27/2020
DOJ no substitute for Trump in rape defamation case, judge says — ABC News

“While the president possesses all of the executive power of the United States, he is not an 'employee' within the meaning of the FTCA,” Judge Lewis Kaplan said, referring to the Federal Tort Claims Act, which shields federal employees from individual damages claims. “The FTCA’s definition of that term does not include presidents.”

https://apple.news/AgOGWQCbgTyaaBQ_XoRiphQ

E. Jean Carroll, a former Elle columnist, sued the president last year.

The 48-year-old appeals court judge will fill the seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal icon who ...
10/27/2020
Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court, marking new era

The 48-year-old appeals court judge will fill the seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the liberal icon who died Sept. 18, and is expected to propel a sharp ideological turn on the court. Some legal experts say it will be the most conservative Supreme Court since before World War II.

Some legal experts say this will be the most conservative court since before World War II.

If we won these cases and didn’t hit them hard in the pocketbook, no one would care,” says Attorney Matthew Coyte. “You ...
10/26/2020
Inside One Lawyer's Quest to End Solitary Confinement

If we won these cases and didn’t hit them hard in the pocketbook, no one would care,” says Attorney Matthew Coyte. “You would think that the revelation of the appalling conditions in a public forum might make people change their ways. But I didn’t find that to be the case. It was the pocketbook that got the movement in the legislature going.”

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/ending-solitary-confinement-prison-reform-1060982/

A New Mexico attorney has found a way to bring about reform of the “drastically inhumane” practice

Have you or your clients suffered a civil rights violation?  The New Mexico Governor's Civil Rights Commission is seekin...
10/20/2020
Civil Rights Commission

Have you or your clients suffered a civil rights violation?

The New Mexico Governor's Civil Rights Commission is seeking public input about civil rights in New Mexico.

Please go to the website (at link) and click on Contact Us / Public Input: https://www.generalservices.state.nm.us/crc.aspx

The Commission is voting on Friday so input NOW is critically important.

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Bernard Cohen, the lawyer who successfully argued the Supreme Court case that struck down Virginia's ban on interracial ...
10/17/2020
Bernard Cohen, Lawyer Who Argued Loving V. Virginia Case, Dies At 86

Bernard Cohen, the lawyer who successfully argued the Supreme Court case that struck down Virginia's ban on interracial marriages, has died. He was 86.

Cohen was just a few years out of law school when the ACLU asked if he would take on the case of Richard and Mildred Loving — an interracial couple whose marriage was illegal in their home state.

“Though past nominees have also avoided answering some of the senators’ questions, Barrett took this to a whole new leve...
10/16/2020
18 Hours of Questions, Few Answers: What We Learned About Amy Coney Barrett

“Though past nominees have also avoided answering some of the senators’ questions, Barrett took this to a whole new level,” said Paul M. Collins Jr., a political scientist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “Having studied how forthcoming nominees have been since public confirmation hearings at which nominees testified began in 1939, I think Barrett will rank as among the least responsive nominees in American history.”

The Supreme Court nominee would not say whether the president could pardon himself or delay the election, but she displayed a sure command of the law.

10/14/2020
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The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Barrett would fill the seat left vacant with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Watch the hearings live. See Less

Facing an explosion in new virus infections, New Mexico will impose a 10 p.m. closing time on establishments that serve ...
10/14/2020
BREAKING: NM to tighten restrictions amid surge in virus cases

Facing an explosion in new virus infections, New Mexico will impose a 10 p.m. closing time on establishments that serve alcohol, prohibit gatherings of more than five people and tighten other restrictions, starting Friday.

SANTA FE — Facing an explosion in new virus infections, New Mexico will impose a 10 p.m. closing time on establishments that serve alcohol, prohibit gatherings of more...

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
10/14/2020

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

In recent weeks, COVID-19 has spread rapidly throughout all regions of New Mexico, including an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

In order to stem this alarming rise of COVID-19 statewide, renewed public health regulations will go into effect beginning Friday, October 16.

Without a vaccine, we have only a few tools against this awful, invisible enemy. We must wear our masks. We must avoid large groups of people. We must limit our travel outside of the home, particularly our time in enclosed indoor spaces.

When we do these things, we can crush the virus, and we protect our families, our communities and our state from being overrun by illness. But the virus is booming in New Mexico right now, leaving us with no other option than to restrict opportunities for COVID-19 to spread.

Effective October 16:

- Any food or drink establishment in New Mexico serving alcohol must close at 10:00 p.m. each night, as advised by the Economic Recovery Council. This requirement will be rigorously enforced by the state.

- Maximum occupancy restrictions will be reduced to 60 percent for places of lodging that have completed the N.M. Safe Certified training program and to 25 percent for places of lodging that have not completed the training program.

- All individuals arriving from higher-risk states must self-quarantine for a period of no less than 14 days or for the duration of their stay in New Mexico, whichever is shorter, removing the exemption for a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours.

- Mass gatherings of more than 5 individuals are once again prohibited, defined as any public or private gathering, organized event, ceremony, parade, organized amateur contact sport or grouping that brings together individuals in an indoor OR outdoor space.

I once again urge, with my whole heart, that New Mexicans in every corner of the state, city leaders, county leaders, business leaders, community leaders all take up the mantle of fighting this invisible enemy, of requiring and encouraging safe behavior.

No one, least of all me, wants to get to the point of necessitating additional rollbacks.

The crisis is not over. The virus is still with us. Let’s step it up, all together, once again.

Thousands of young people are stepping forward as volunteer poll workers on Election Day, replacing the mostly older vol...
10/13/2020
With Polling Sites Lacking Workers, a New Generation Steps Up

Thousands of young people are stepping forward as volunteer poll workers on Election Day, replacing the mostly older volunteers for whom the coronavirus is a high risk.

Older volunteers are reluctant to work during the pandemic. High school students, who are increasingly politically engaged and have more time, are taking their place.

In honor and respect of Indigenous People’s Day!There are 23 Indian tribes located in New Mexico - nineteen Pueblos, thr...
10/13/2020

In honor and respect of Indigenous People’s Day!

There are 23 Indian tribes located in New Mexico - nineteen Pueblos, three Apache tribes (the Fort Sill Apache Tribe, the Jicarilla Apache Nation and the Mescalero Apache Tribe), and the Navajo Nation.

The nineteen Pueblos are comprised of the Pueblos of Acoma, Cochiti, Isleta, Jemez, Laguna, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Felipe, San Ildefonso, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Taos, Tesuque, Zuni and Zia.

Each Tribe is a sovereign nation with its own government, life-ways, traditions, and culture. All welcome visitors, but please make sure to check ahead of your visit as some communities close unexpectedly for religious or other cultural observations.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
10/12/2020

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

Today we recognize #IndigenousPeoplesDay, an important opportunity to honor the history, culture and traditions of New Mexico’s first citizens, the 23 sovereign indigenous nations who make up such an important part of our state’s beautiful multicultural identity.

As governor, I was proud to sign legislation in 2019 enacting Indigenous Peoples' Day in New Mexico. Official recognition of this day sends an important message and serves as a reminder of New Mexico's proud Native history and resilience.

I join all New Mexicans in celebrating the indigenous nations and peoples of New Mexico and around the world, in lifting up the diverse traditions, cultures, languages and heritage and in committing to support the health, well-being and prosperity of indigenous people, today and every day.

The jail official forced to retire this month after using a racial slur also used the word loser to refer to Vicente Vil...
10/11/2020
Jail official called dead inmate a loser

The jail official forced to retire this month after using a racial slur also used the word loser to refer to Vicente Villela – the inmate killed by officers who held him down as he begged for air last year.

Same text used a racial slur, but deputy chief not terminated at the time

#Breaking --  A federal judge late Friday blocked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s order limiting ballot drop-off to one locatio...
10/10/2020
Federal judge blocks Texas Gov. Abbott's order limiting ballot drop-off to 1 site per county - KVIA

#Breaking -- A federal judge late Friday blocked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s order limiting ballot drop-off to one location per county, backing Democrats’ concerns of voter suppression.

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge late Friday blocked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s order limiting ballot drop-off to one location per county, backing Democrats’ concerns of voter suppression. More details to come…

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday that threats against her and her administration have been on the rise since th...
10/09/2020
New Mexico governor says threats to her rise in pandemic

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday that threats against her and her administration have been on the rise since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Another threat in the early days of the pandemic came from someone who wished Lujan Grisham’s grandchildren would contract COVID-19, the governor s...

Gov. Whitmer: "This is not a 'militia.' It is a domestic terror organization. We need to call it out, and people of good...
10/09/2020
‘Make no mistake, this was domestic terrorism’: Alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor

Gov. Whitmer: "This is not a 'militia.' It is a domestic terror organization. We need to call it out, and people of goodwill on both sides of the aisle need to stand up and do the right thing because this should not stand in the United States of America in 2020."

13 men are behind bars, charged in connection with plotting to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Former U.S. Attorney in the state of Michigan, Barbara McQuade, joins Stephanie Ruhle to explain why this was an instance of domestic terrorism.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
10/08/2020

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

I'll be joined by state officials tomorrow afternoon to give an update on the ongoing #COVID19 pandemic in New Mexico.

Tune in right here on Facebook at 3PM on Thursday.

“We hold that none of the President’s allegations, taken together or separately, are sufficient to raise a plausible inf...
10/08/2020
Trump Must Turn Over Taxes To Prosecutors, Appeals Court Rules

“We hold that none of the President’s allegations, taken together or separately, are sufficient to raise a plausible inference that the subpoena was issued ‘out of malice or an intent to harass,’” the appeals court said.

“We hold that none of the President’s allegations, taken together or separately, are sufficient to raise a plausible inference that the subpoena was issu...

Important op-ed by Main Street Alliance Action Fund the #SCOTUS case being heard today involving Ford and whether victim...
10/07/2020
Op-ed: Why a more conservative Supreme Court is bad for small business

Important op-ed by Main Street Alliance Action Fund the #SCOTUS case being heard today involving Ford and whether victims of alleged car defects can sue the auto manufacturer in states outside its home state.

If Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, a more conservative group of justices may cost small businesses, and a current case involving Ford helps explain why.

An internal affairs investigation requested by the Journal in June and released last week found the arresting officer, J...
10/07/2020
APD officer violated policies in inmate’s suicide

An internal affairs investigation requested by the Journal in June and released last week found the arresting officer, Jonathan Franco, didn’t check on Lankford for over an hour, despite being required to do so every 30 minutes, and then “failed to render any aid, or at minimum (failed) to check for any signs of life” when he entered the cell and found his body. The investigation also showed that Franco submitted a police report with false information about that night.

Then-chief Geier imposed suspension, not termination as recommended

Don’t miss #SCOTUS oral arguments TODAY in a personal jurisdiction case involving people seriously injured or killed by ...
10/07/2020
Ford Motor Company Consolidated Oral Argument

Don’t miss #SCOTUS oral arguments TODAY in a personal jurisdiction case involving people seriously injured or killed by defective Ford vehicles. The outcome will have significant implications on accountability and access to justice for injured people.

Listen here.

The Supreme Court heard consolidated oral argument for [Ford Motor Company v. Montana Eighth Judicial District Court], a case concerning a product liability suit and whether the state court has jurisdiction over the matter.

A Greek court has ruled that Golden Dawn — a neo-Nazi party — is a criminal organization. In landmark verdicts, the cour...
10/07/2020
Golden Dawn: Greek Court Delivers Landmark Verdicts Against Neo-Nazi Party

A Greek court has ruled that Golden Dawn — a neo-Nazi party — is a criminal organization. In landmark verdicts, the court convicted 68 party members of crimes, including murder and attempted murder.

Huge crowds amassed outside the courtroom, waving banners that read "Nazis in Prison."

The court ruled Golden Dawn is a criminal organization. Huge crowds massed outside the courtroom, waving banners that read "Nazis in Prison." The crowds roared after each guilty verdict was announced.

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