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New Mexico Supreme Court rules state must recognize Fort Sill Apache tribe
April 15, 2014
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the state must recognize the tribal status of the Fort Sill Apache. Consisting of 712 members, the Fort Sill Apache, formerly known as the Chiricahua and Warm Springs Apache, were forced from their homelands in 1886 and relocated to Oklahoma, where....... [more]

Federal judge rules immigrants have same gun carrying rights as citizens
April 1, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Mexico ruled Monday that the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause mandates that legally residing immigrants be afforded the same rights to obtain a concealed-carry weapon permit as citizens. Judge M. Christina Armijo held that there was no....... [more]

New Mexico judge rules terminally ill patients may seek 'aid in dying'
January 14, 2014
Judge Nan Nash of the New Mexico Second Judicial District Court ruled Monday that patients who are terminally ill and mentally competent have the right to seek aid in dying under the state constitution. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the advocacy group Compass....... [more]

New Mexico legalizes same-sex marriage
December 19, 2013
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that it is unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. The court's decision comes only a few months after a New Mexico trial judge ordered district court clerks to begin granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Bernalillo Coun....... [more]

New Mexico city rejects proposed abortion ban
November 20, 2013
Voters of Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Tuesday rejected a proposed ordinance that would have banned all abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. In a 55 to 45 percent vote, the citizens voted against allowing the proposed ordinance to become law. This referendum marked the first time a city had ever be....... [more]

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling May Polarize the Marriage Equality Debate
September 10, 2013
JURIST Guest Columnist Stephen Richer, University of Chicago Law School Class of 2015, analyzes the repercussions stemming from the recent New Mexico Supreme Court ruling that prohibits people from discriminating against LGBT individuals as clients, even if it contradicts their religious beliefs...O....... [more]

New Mexico judge rules same-sex marriage legal
August 27, 2013
A judge for the Second Judicial District Court of New Mexico on Tuesday ordered district court clerks to begin granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Bernalillo County, the largest county in New Mexico, in accordance with a Monday ruling that held that the refusal to grant marriage licens....... [more]

New Mexico Supreme Court: non-English speaking citizens can serve on juries
August 14, 2013
The Supreme Court of New Mexico ruled Monday that non-English speaking citizens can serve on juries. The ruling arose from a criminal case involving a defendant convicted of murder who appealed his conviction in part because the district court dismissed a prospective juror who was Spanish-speaking a....... [more]

US Drones Abroad
August 12, 2013
On September 30, 2011, the US government carried out a successful drone strike against four suspected al-Qaeda supporters, two of whom were US citizens. Two weeks later, the US launched another drone strike killing a teenage US citizen and six other civilians, including another teenager. These actio....... [more]

New Mexico AG: state law does not necessarily allow same-sex marriage
June 7, 2013
New Mexico Attorney General Gary King said Thursday that New Mexico law does not necessarily allow same-sex marriages. The statement does not directly comment on the matter, as it was made in response to a pending lawsuit in New Mexico brought by a same-sex couple. In a policy memo released by King....... [more]

Tenth Circuit upholds school's ban on 'fetus dolls'
April 10, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled Monday that a New Mexico school district acted constitutionally when it prohibited five students from distributing two-inch rubber fetus dolls with pro-life cards attached. Writing for the unanimous three-judge panel, the Honorable Scott Matheson....... [more]