Davis appointed to judgeship
Governor Bill Richardson appointed John Davis, of Placitas, to serve
as a judge on the Thirteenth Judicial District Court in Sandoval
County. He was sworn in on August 19. This is a new judgeship created
this year by the state legislature. Over half of its cases will
focus on family issues like divorce, paternity, and child custody.
The balance will be criminal cases, appeals from lower courts, probates,
and civil cases.
“John Davis is known to have the intelligence,
compassion and devotion to justice to make an excellent judge,”
said Governor Richardson. “His work on the issues of domestic
violence and DWI will serve him well on the bench.”
Davis is a graduate of Del Norte High School, in
Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico, and the UNM School of
Law. For the last three years he has served as a hearing officer
in child support and domestic relations cases for the Thirteenth
Judicial District Court. In this position Davis has served in effect
as a judge in domestic violence cases, issuing orders of protection.
He has also set and enforced child support payments, as well as
adjudicated paternity, child-custody, and child-visitation issues.
From 1997 to 2003, Davis was in private practice.
He is a director of Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity and
a mentor for Placitas Elementary School children with Big Brothers/Big
Davis was one of three candidates recommended to
Governor Richardson by the Judicial Nominating Commission.
Davis told the Signpost , “When Governor Richardson
asked me why I wanted to be judge, I told him that my present job
was all about families, children, and crisis. This new judgeship
will address the needs of people going through the most difficult
time of their lives. It’s a natural extension of the job I
love and I want to do more of this important work.”
This position will be up for election in November
13th Judicial District Court announces new Web site
Need directions to the court? How much does it cost
to file a complaint? Is the court open during the lunch hour? These
questions and many others can be answered by logging on to the Thirteenth
Judicial District Court's Web site, at 13districtcourt.com.
The site is designed to be a one-stop center for
many needs. It is geared to inform and assist the public and the
legal community as well.
For example, all the free legal forms and instructions
(divorce, name change, motions, petition for order of protection,
etc.) available in hard copy at the clerk's office are now on-line,
where they can be filled out and printed for filing with the court.
Just as important are the resource pages. An individual
can now find legal, domestic violence, or community-based assistance
from a variety of resources.
Jurors will find information on whether to report
for jury duty, as well as the jury handbooks for each county. Future
plans include jury orientation by Web video.
If you wish to pursue mediation for divorce issues,
the mediation-program portion tells you how to proceed. CASA programs
and the drug-court programs in each county are also described in
Chief Judge Louis McDonald is eager for the public
to utilize the Web site, as it will reduce the number of telephone
calls or visits users make to the court. “During the development
stage we reviewed many court Web sites and assessed our users' needs.
We are truly proud of the content of this Web site and its ease
of use. It meets the court's goal to serve the communities of Cibola,
Sandoval, and Valencia counties in the best possible way,”
Bound for Success plans self-defense classes for
Bound for Success, a not-for-profit organization,
is sponsoring a four-week self-defense class for women of all ages.
Times and location are still to be determined, but the classes will
be in Bernalillo.
Daniel Sampson, a former Navy Seal, and Damon, a
retired homicide detective who taught self-defense to law enforcement,
combine over twenty years of experience to provide fitness and self-defense
classes. Their self-defense classes train women to defend themselves
in a variety of situations where their personal safety is at risk.
The cost of the class will be covered by Bound for
Success for victims of domestic abuse. Other women in the community
are encouraged to attend and to bring their friends and daughters.
The four-week class meets twice a week and costs $40.
Navy Seal Instruction Training Classes in Bernalillo
are also available for all interested parties. Classes run for twelve
weeks, and enrollment is open so a person can start at any time.
Benefits of the fitness training include weight loss,
increased stamina and cardiovascular strength, as well as enhanced
self-esteem and better overall mental and physical health. Earn
your Navy Seal PUP t-shirt at six weeks and upon completing twelve
weeks, earn an NSI Graduate t-shirt.
For more information, call Daniel, at 712-7325.
Taos con man gets 117 years
Henry A. Rivera, a former Taos resident who defrauded
more than fifty New Mexicans out of their life savings, was sentenced
on July 27 to 117 years in prison. Rivera must serve thirty-seven
years behind bars. The remaining sentence of eighty years was suspended
by Judge Denise Barela Shepherd.
In April, Rivera was found guilty on twenty-five
counts involving securities fraud. The prosecution of Rivera was
a collaborative effort between the Attorney General’s Office
and the Securities Division of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing
Rivera was previously indicted by the Office of the
Attorney General on twenty-nine felony counts in connection with
defrauding investors of more than $6 million. Of the twenty-nine
counts Rivera was indicted on, only twenty-five counts went to the
jury, since during the time between Rivera’s arrest and conviction,
one of his victims passed away, which resulted in the dismissal
of four counts.
Prior to Rivera’s indictment, he fled to Mexico,
until his deportation in September of 2003. Rivera was arrested
by FBI agents on a federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid