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Background: The dispute over the Rio Grande’s water allocation has persisted for years, involving New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado. The Rio Grande Compact was designed to ensure equitable distribution of the river’s water among these states. Recently, a Special Master approved a settlement addressing water allocation south of the Elephant Butte Reservoir. However, the federal […]

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Special Agents from the New Mexico Department of Justice arrested Leonard Romero at his residence in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Romero, a former teacher at Memorial Middle School, has not been employed at the institution since the sexual assault allegations emerged. Romero is charged with five counts of Criminal Sexual […]

Background: This morning U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued a call to require a warning label “stating that social media is associated with significant mental health harms for adolescents.” Today’s action comes on the heels of the Surgeon General’s 2023 Social Media and Youth Mental Health Advisory that highlighted the connection between prolonged use […]

Background: The Supreme Court today held that the plaintiffs who challenged the FDA’s approval of mifepristone have no standing because they neither prescribe nor use the drug and therefore have no legal standing to bring the challenge forward. The Court also stated that “[u]nder Article III of the Constitution, a plaintiff’s desire to make a […]

Albuquerque, NM – As part of a bipartisan coalition of 44 state and territory attorneys general, Attorney General New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez joined a letter sent by the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to Rep. Nick Langworthy (R-NY) and U.S. House leadership endorsing the Child Exploitation and Artificial Intelligence Expert Commission Act of 2024. […]

Two Individuals Arrested for Stealing Thousands Worth of Retail Merchandise Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Raúl Torrez announced the arrests of two fencers and issued warrants for two others involved in an organized retail crime ring. The group are responsible for stealing and trading merchandise into the thousands of dollars from retailers throughout Santa […]

Silver City, NM – Today, Judge Jarod Hofacket sentenced Cody McDonald to 18 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections for the murder of 22-year-old Daniel Murillo. On April 12, 2024, the New Mexico Department of Justice secured a guilty conviction against Cody McDonald. McDonald was found guilty of second-degree murder and tampering with […]

Santa Fe, NM – Today, the New Mexico Department of Justice is applauding a significant legal victory as Judge Bryan Biedscheid has denied Meta’s motion to dismiss the case brought by New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez, which focuses on the platform’s role in enabling child sexual exploitation. This pivotal decision represents a crucial step […]

Background: On May 8, 2024, Cristian Bencomo shot his stepmother during a graduation ceremony at Albuquerque’s Convention Center. The Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed for his preventive detention, but Judge Emeterio Rudolfo denied it, placing Bencomo under house arrest with a GPS monitor. After new evidence emerged, the DA’s Office requested reconsideration, which Judge […]

Albuquerque, NM – Following a several months long investigation that involved undercover agents, the New Mexico Department of Justice’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Division arrested Jonathan Anzures, a 36-year-old who was sharing Torrents containing Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) on the BitTorrent Network. Anzures has been charged with possession and distribution of Child Sexual […]

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