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Best Law Firms: 2019
November 1, 2018
U.S. News & Best Lawyers
U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released the 2019 "Best Law Firms" rankings, marking the 9th edition of this annual analysis. These rankings showcase 9,633 different law firms ranked nationally in on or more of 75 major legal practice areas and in metropolitan or state rankings in one of more of 119 major legal practice areas. Rothstein Donatelli LLP has the most first-tier rankings in New Mexico in Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and in Criminal Defense: White-Collar - Litigation.

US News & World Reports Best Law Firms Rankings Since 2010
September 21, 2010
The law firm of Rothstein Donatelli LLP announces the following members of the Firm have been listed in the 2018 edition of “Best Lawyers in America” based on lawyer surveys. Mark H. Donatelli has been listed in the white collar and general criminal defense practice areas since 1989. Richard W. Hughes has been listed in the Native American, gaming law and natural resources practice areas since 2007. Eric N. Dahlstrom has been listed in the areas of Native American and gaming law since 2005. Peter Schoenburg has been listed in the areas of Bet-the-Company litigation, white collar and general criminal defense since 1995.

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CRIMINAL LAW

No jail time for ex-CEO who pleaded guilty to larceny
November 29, 2018
Phaedra Haywood, Santa Fe New Mexican
Donn Wiese, a former CEO of a San Ildefonso Pueblo-owned corporation who was accused in 2016 of embezzling more than $20,000 from the company, has paid the money back and will get a conditional discharge in the case if he serves three years of probation without incident.

Another $1.6M paid for alleged abuse by teacher
October 11, 2018
ABQJournal Staff
Another alleged molestation victim of former teacher Gary Gregor has reached a settlement with the Española Public Schools, this time for $1.6 million. That means a total of $9.2 million has now been paid out in settlements because of Gregor’s interactions with young girls while he taught at Española’s Fairview Elementary School, his last stop in a career littered with accusations of improper and criminal behavior.

Teacher's saga reflects poorly on area schools
May 19, 2017
ABQJournal Staff
Editorial regarding the indictment of Gary Gregor, a former Santa Fe and Española public school teacher.

Former student files lawsuit against teacher who sexually assaulted her
May 19, 2017
Rebecca Atkins, KQRE News 13

After years of accusations, ex-Española teacher is finally charged
May 16, 2017
Mark Oswald, Albuquerque Journal
A former grade-school teacher in the Santa Fe and Española public schools accused of improper contact with female students dating back many years – and previously the subject of lawsuits from girls’ families, including one that resulted in a $3.2 million settlement – now faces criminal charges.

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INDIAN LAW

St. Croix Chippewa officials pocketed or misspent at least $1.5 million in casino cash, regulators charge
April 19, 2019
Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
At least $1.5 million in casino funds were pocketed by St. Croix Chippewa tribal leaders, or used for a variety of expenses including trips to Hawaii and Las Vegas with little or no documentation or receipts, federal regulators said this month.

Pueblos Prevail In NM 'Free Play' Gambling Revenue Fight
April 4, 2019
Joyce Hanson
Six pueblos have bested New Mexico in a dispute over the state's attempt to collect millions in additional revenue related to "free play" credits on the tribes' gambling machines, with a federal court permanently enjoining the state from enforcing its claims.

Judge rules for pueblos in revenue dispute with state
April 2, 2019
Sarah Halasz-Graham
A federal magistrate judge on Saturday sided with six Northern New Mexico pueblos in a long-running dispute with the state, saying the state has no right to the tens of millions of dollars in back revenue it charged the pueblos.

Pueblo of Isleta vs.Michelle Lujan Grisham
April 2, 2019
U.S. District Court of New Mexico
Final Summary

Massive Navajo Corruption Case Winds Down: Last Three Defendants Face Trials
February 19, 2016
Alysa Landry, Indian Country Today
More than five years after a special prosecutor first brought charges against a staggering number of Navajo leaders accused of misusing the tribe's discretionary funds, three individuals are still facing criminal trials.

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CIVIL LITIGATION

New Mexico Medical Technician Wins $150,000 Jury Award for Abuse by Jailers
April 22, 2019
Ed Lyon
Estrella Tenorio was a nurse's aid/medical technician employed by for-profit contractor Healthcare Partners, Inc. (HCP). HCP specializes in providing medical services to prisoners. Tenorio's first assignment was at a jail located near Las Vegas, New Mexico...

Judge asked to review church’s proposed ‘gag order’
April 26, 2017
A Santa Fe judge has been asked to take up the question of how much information the Roman Catholic Church can conceal in clerical sex abuse cases.

City Settles Harassment Suit Against Former Officer for $770K
May 7, 2015
Uriel J. Garcia, The New Mexican
Eight women who filed a federal lawsuit accusing a former Santa Fe police officer of harassment have accepted a $770,000 settlement from the city.

Schools Reach Settlement Without Suit
February 13, 2013
T.S. Last, Albuquerque Journal
Santa Fe Public Schools and the parents of a girl who sued her cell phone to capture video of a school bus driver inappropriately touching her and another girl in 2011 have reached a settlement.

For Mentally Ill Inmates, Health Care Behind Bars Is Often Out Of Reach
February 3, 2012
Elizabeth Chuck, MSNBC
A man who was declared suicidal by a New Mexico jail and alleges he was then left to rot in solitary confinement for nearly two years is just one of many former inmates who say they were denied essential mental health services while incarcerated at that detention center, which like others across the country has struggled with how to treat the mentally ill.

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CLASS ACTION SUITS

Univision Series: Accusations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church - Part 3
April 12, 2019
Univision
Our Univision News team traveled to the interior of New Mexico , where at one time there was a rehabilitation center for pedophile priests from across the nation. Just over an hour away from Alquerque and between a road lost in the mountains, the "rehabilitation center" Fitzgerald was established , which was active for almost 20 years to supposedly "cure" pedophile priests from across the nation. The rehabilitation program began in 1976 at the initiative of two young priests of the religious order "Servants of the Paraclete" or "servants of the Holy Spirit" in Spanish. They believed that priests with sexual problems, alcoholism and drug addiction could be cured with prayers and psychiatric treatment. Once the priests were discovered in possible acts of pedophilia, they were sent to the rehabilitation center. Upon completion of their rehabilitation, as part of their graduation from the program, they were sent to other parishes around the state of New Mexico. Court records that were made public in October of 2017, show three priests who abused almost 60, 40 and 30 victims.

Univision Series: Accusations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church - Part 2
April 11, 2019
Univision
Héctor Balderas, Attorney General of New Mexico, explains how the authorities never investigated the cases as is being done now as the church was highly respected, trusted and took advantage of the legal and political relationships in the small community of New Mexico. For a specialized psychologist, machismo within the Hispanic culture was one of the main reasons for many victims to suffer in silence. But there is still more. Not enough with not reporting these abusers who took advantage of their power in the Catholic Church, in Jemez, New Mexico, a "rehabilitation center" was in charge of "curing" the pedophile priests of the world.

Univision Series: Accusations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church - Part 1
April 10, 2019
Univision
Accusations of sexual abuse of minors by priests date back to 1940, marking decades that no one knew was behind a sacred institution and hundreds of crimes not to mention. Victims of these crimes, they relate how they lived in fearless silence without being able to say anything to their parents , since both they and their parents had grown up idolizing the priests and did not want to be punished by tarnishing the image of these church leaders. Many of the abuses occurred during the tenure of Robert Sanchez, the first Hispanic archbishop of the United States. After 20 years in this position, Sánchez was resigned from his post in 1993, after a sex abuse scandal was made public in the media. According to court documents, Sanchez not only had relations with three teenagers, but he also knew of the abuse of minors by other priests in his archdiocese. After an investigation and a trip to the city of Albuquerque, Bethlehem Smole, investigated and discovered that the accusations of sexual abuse against the church surpassed the 350 victims and that the majority were Hispanic.

Lawsuit alleges inmates exposed to toxins
March 14, 2016
Uriel J. Garcia, The New Mexican
A lawsuit against the Santa Fe County claims that as many as 500 inmates might have been exposed to toxic contaminants during a three-month period in 2014 when a private contractor renovated the jail's showers.

Judge OKs $3.75M deal in college savings case
April 2, 2014
Steve Terrell, The New Mexican
A judge gave final approval Wednesday, April 2, to a settlement in which the state agreed to pay $3.75 million to families who alleged mismanagement of college savings plans that led to steep investment losses in 2008, just as their children were about to enter college.

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