SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Sarah Singleton, a retired district court judge who presided over multiple landmark cases in New Mexico, has died at 70, officials said Friday.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A judge has ordered New Mexico to pay more than $312,000 in legal expenses to a second group involved in the lawsuit over whether the state's funding for public schools is...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A judge's ruling won't end the legal fight over whether New Mexico's funding for public schools is adequate.
Public Education Department officials said late Monday the state will appeal state District Judge Sarah Singleton's ruling Friday that New Mexico must provide funding to public schools to ensure at-risk students receive a sufficient education.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge has ruled that New Mexico is violating the rights of at-risk students by failing to provide adequate funding for public schools.
District Judge Sarah Singleton's ruling Friday said insufficient funding leaves students "in an inadequate system," where they can't progress unless better programs are instituted.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a court ruling on New Mexico school funding (all times local):
It's unclear whether New Mexico officials will appeal a judge's ruling that the state is violating the rights of at-risk students by failing to provide adequate funding for public schools.
Department of Public Education spokeswoman Lida Alikhani said Saturday that officials are reviewing the ruling issued Friday by state District Judge Sarah Singleton.
The New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commission has recommended Assistant District Attorney Jason Lidyard for appointment to the vacant Santa Fe judgeship created by the August retirement of District Judge Sarah Singleton.
Gov. Susana Martinez has 30 days to appoint Lidyard or request more names.
Lidyard was one of two candidates who applied for the vacancy and were vetted by the commission. Former Assistant Attorney General Matthew Jackson also applied for the post but was not nominated.
Maria Sanchez-Gagne, a former state assistant attorney general and assistant district attorney who now works in the Office of the State Engineer, has announced plans to run for election to the First Judicial District judgeship vacated in September when Sarah Singleton retired.
Gov. Susana Martinez recently appointed former Santa Fe County Attorney Gregory Shaffer to the post, but he must win voter approval in the general election to remain on the bench.
New to case, another district judge issues order on ranked-choice voting
A last-ditch legal effort to compel the city of Santa Fe to use ranked-choice voting in the March municipal election has been reassigned to a fourth state District Court judge, who, like the judge on the case before him, issued an order sought by a group of advocates of the ranking system.
Martinez appoints top lawyer for Santa Fe County as judge
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed Santa Fe County's top lawyer fill a state District Court vacancy created by Judge Sarah Singleton's retirement.
The Republican governor's appointment of County Attorney Gegory Shaffer, a Democrat, to the 1st District Court bench in Santa Fe is significant statewide because the district often hears cases involving state government.
New Mexico governor appeals ruling on voided vetoes
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is appealing a state judge's decision to void her vetoes on 10 bills that cleared the Legislature with little to no opposition earlier this year.
The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2fWlIHb ) that the case is headed to the New Mexico Court of Appeals after the Republican governor's attorney filed a notice of appeal earlier this week.
Court invalidates 10 vetoes by New Mexico governor
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Ten vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez have been invalidated by a state district judge because the governor missed deadlines or failed to explain her reasoning, allowing the piecemeal legislation on economic development, high school curricula and hemp production to take effect Thursday.
Judge Sarah Singleton denied a request from the governor to delay implementation of the bills after siding earlier in the month with members of the Democratic-led Legislature.
The Judicial Nominating Commission on Monday narrowed the field of applicants to replace retiring state District Judge Sarah Singleton of Santa Fe, sending the names of four of the eight hopefuls to the governor for possible appointment.
Those short-listed for the judgeship after questioning by the commission were Paul W. Grace, Michael R. Jones, Jason Lidyard and Gregory Shaffer. Not getting the nod were Jerry Anthony Archuleta, Sean Michael Cunniff, Maria Sanchez-Gagne and Matthew E. Jackson.
New Mexico governor looking to appeal ruling on vetoed bills
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is asking for time to appeal a ruling overturning vetoes before the bills become law.
Judge rejects Santa Fe Recovery Center’s bid to move into south-side business park
State District Judge Sarah Singleton on Wednesday ruled in favor of business owners opposed to the opening of an addiction treatment center for women with children in the Valdes Business Parkon Santa Fe’s south side.
A state prosecutor, a county attorney and a former police officer are among eight applicants seeking to replace retiring state District Judge Sarah Singleton of Santa Fe, one of the nine judges who presides over cases in the judicial district that includes Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.
John Haynes’ recent New Mexican op-ed piece (“Education spending, a judge and democracy,” My View, Aug. 5) was brought to my attention, and its troublesome and erroneous depiction of the role of the judiciary in our system of government compelled me to respond.
The New Mexico Constitution is clear — when a governor vetoes legislation with at least three days remaining in a legislative session, he or she is supposed to return the bill to its chamber of origin with the reasons why it was vetoed.
Judge: Bills vetoed by New Mexico governor should be law
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge on Friday sided with Democratic lawmakers who asked that certain vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez during the last regular legislative session be invalidated, setting the stage for the proposals to become law.
The Latest: New Mexico governor to appeal veto ruling
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on judge's ruling in New Mexico veto challenge (all times local):
Gov. Susana Martinez is expected to appeal a court ruling that invalidates her vetoes of several bills that lawmakers sent to her desk during the last regular legislative session.
Court dismisses records complaint against New Mexico AG
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A district judge has dismissed a complaint filed by former New Mexico Secretary of State Mary Herrera over a public records dispute with the state attorney general's office.
Judge Sarah Singleton issued her ruling this week, ending a legal fight that stemmed from a request for public records Herrera had sought about two people she fired while in office in 2010. Those employees later filed whistleblower lawsuits.
A state district judge in Santa Fe is scheduled to hear arguments Friday on whether 10 bills that Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed before the end of this year’s regular legislative session should become law because she didn’t say why she rejected them.
The lawsuit represents the last major unresolved issue between Democratic leaders in the Legislature and the Republican governor stemming from the contentious lawmaking session, which was the two-term governor’s final 60-day session.
As Stan Rounds sat in the witness chair in a Santa Fe courtroom last week, he pondered for a moment. A plaintiff’s lawyer had just asked him one of the most vexing questions surrounding a court battle over whether New Mexico is spending enough on its public schools: If the court ordered the state to pay more, where would the money come from?
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Attorney General Hector Balderas in the firing of six former employees.
District Judge Sarah Singleton ruled this week that Balderas acted within his authority in firing the attorneys shortly after his election in 2014. Singleton also says a two year statute of limitations had run out on allegations of wrongful termination.
A leading Democrat in the Legislature testified Tuesday that New Mexico is not providing enough money to teach educators how to teach reading — a deficiency that she said keeps the state at or near the bottom of national education rankings.
Sen. Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque also said the state is not allocating sufficient money for special education, professional development or prekindergarten programs to ensure student success.
Judge presiding over two significant cases announces retirement
First Judicial District Court Chief Judge Sarah Singleton, who is currently presiding over two closely watched lawsuits involving education funding and gubernatorial vetoes, has announced that she’ll retire at the end of August but will continue to preside over select cases and hear minor issues pro bono for several months until her replacement is named.
A Santa Fe judge said Friday a lawsuit by New Mexico legislators seeking to reverse unexplained vetoes by Gov. Susana Martinez can move forward.
State District Judge Sarah Singleton scheduled an Aug. 11 hearing for the lawsuit, which seeks to enact 10 bills that Martinez vetoed in March without stating any reason.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state district court will consider whether 10 bills vetoed by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez this year should become law anyway because the governor allegedly failed to explain her decisions, a judge decided Friday.
A Democratic-led panel of legislators said Martinez did not adequately explain her objections to the bills in writing as required by the state Constitution.
A state district judge in Santa Fe ruled Monday that the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty can continue its lawsuit against the state claiming that funding for public schools is inadequate.
Judge Sarah Singleton’s decision sets the stage for a two-month trial this summer that could forever change the way schools are funded by state government.
Several New Mexico parents and school districts will ask a state District Court judge on Monday to rule that the state government is violating the New Mexico Constitution by inadequately funding public education, particularly for Native students, low-income families and English language learners.
Forest Fenn, a Santa Fe author and antiquities dealer who launched a treasure hunt in 2010 after claiming he hid a chest filled with gold and other valuables somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, is seeking a restraining order against a 55-year-old Texas man.
A state district judge has ruled that no voter fraud was committed in the Española municipal election in March 2016, as the losing candidate claimed in a lawsuit.
Judge Sarah Singleton held a one-day bench trial in January and filed her ruling earlier this week, letting the City Council election results stand. Robert Seeds won the race over the incumbent, Cory Lewis, by a two-vote margin of 238-236.
A lawyer representing a 78-year-old woman in a lawsuit against Santa Fe police wants a judge to force an Albuquerque television news operation to surrender raw video related to a story it aired about her claim she was injured when the driver of a stolen car crashed into her vehicle while fleeing officers.
Judge refuses to dismiss suit against public defender’s office
A state District Court judge ruled Tuesday it wasn’t a normal job duty for a state public defender to ask that his employer be held in contempt of court for failing to provide an indigent defendant with an adequate defense.
Sarah Singleton made the ruling in refusing to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Damian Horne, a Santa Fe public defender for more than 15 years, against the Law Offices of the Public Defender.
SANTA FE - Two would-be Green Party candidates for Santa Fe-area legislative seats won't be on the November general election ballot, after state District Judge Sarah Singleton denied their appeal.
In June, former Santa Fe Municipal Judge Fran Gallegos filed as the Green nominee for the state Senate District 39 seat, where incumbent Sen. Ted Barela, R-Estancia, and Democratic Santa Fe County Commissioner Liz Stefanics, who lives south of Santa Fe, are candidates. Sky...