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Morning Word: Lawsuit Tests Forfeiture Law

September 6, 2016, 12:00 am
Ongoing Forfeitures
City attorneys in Santa Fe are keeping a close eye on a lawsuit filed by the mother of a man busted for DWI who had her car seized by cops. The lawsuit is a test of the state’s new law barring forfeiture of property from innocent people. Interesting stats in The Santa Fe New Mexican this morning:
In Santa Fe, 323 vehicles were seized between January and July this year, mostly for suspected drunken driving and driving on a revoked license, 38 were forfeited in state District Court and 54 were sold at auction. The program brought in $253,493 in the most recent fiscal year.
Flynn Heads to Oil and Gas Association Job
If you were off the grid over the holiday weekend, you may not have heard that Ryan Flynn, who resigned his job as secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department, accepted the job as executive director of the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association. Gov. Susana Martinez banned former officials from lobbying executive agencies or the Legislature after they leave their agency, and Flynn says he won’t for at least the next two years.

Clinton Leads New Mexico Fundraising
Sandra Fish reports this year’s presidential candidates aren’t raising as much money as Obama and Romney did in New Mexico four years ago.
Clinton raised $1.4 million in New Mexico through July, compared with $1.5 million for Obama in 2012 and $1.9 million for Obama in 2008. Most notably, she’s out-raised Trump 6-to-1 in New Mexico.
Mora Superintendent Quits
“LeAnne Salazar-Montoya, who has served as superintendent of the beleaguered Mora Independent School District for just over three months, has tendered her resignation,” according to Robert Nott. On the job only three months, Salazar-Montoya was under fire by a teacher’s union for firing three instructors. She tells Nott she plans to focus on her doctoral studies and family.

Pipeline Protest
Navajo Nation leaders have expressed solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of North Dakota to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, because they say it endangers water and cultural sites.

Prosecutors Accused of Ethics Violations in Boyd Case
Attorneys for the two police officers accused of murdering James Boyd in the Sandia Foothills want the case dismissed before jurors are expected to be selected today. They accuse the special prosecutor and district attorney of violating ethics rules.

Deadly Weekend
New Mexico State Police say there were six deadly crashes on New Mexico roads over the weekend that claimed the lives of seven people, including Louis Montoya, a recently retired Santa Fe Police officer.

Teen Overdose
This is sad: Albuquerque police officers say a 13-year-old boy was found Monday morning in an RV dead from a suspected overdose of a narcotic or prescription drug.

Ruidoso Hosts All American Derby  
Horse racing fans watched Ec Jet One win the $2.4 million All American Derby by half a length in Ruidoso on Sunday.  

 

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