11/05/19 BENJAMIN HARRISON: Supreme Court Case No. 37984; JSC Inquiry Nos. 2018-143 & 2018-146

On November 5, 2019, the New Mexico Supreme Court granted the Commission’s Petition to Accept Resignation in Lieu of Further Disciplinary Proceedings concerning Hobbs Municipal Court Judge Benjamin Harrison. After Judge Harrison received a Notice of Formal Proceedings from the Commission in June 2019, he resigned from office effective August 30, 2019. To close the Commission’s case, however, the judge … Read More

Governor appoints four Commission members

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham recently appointed four public members to the Commission filling vacancies and/or positions whose terms expired. The newly appointed members are: Twilla Thomason of Hobbs, William Foote, Ph.D. of Albuquerque, Jean Kamm of Raton, and Kevin Dixon, Ph.D. of Albuquerque. Of these members, Dr. Dixon previously served on the Commission from 2010-2011 by appointment of Governor Bill … Read More

05/10/19 HEATH WHITE: Supreme Court Case No. S-1-SC-37654, JSC Inquiry No. 2019-043

On May 10, 2019, the Supreme Court granted the Commission’s motion and unsealed its file, accepted the stipulation agreement between Torrance County Magistrate Judge Heath White and the Commission, and ordered his immediate temporary suspension without pay pending completion of his pending criminal and Commission proceedings. The Commission petitioned the Supreme Court for the action on April 19, 2019. The … Read More

04/08/19 STEVE GUTHRIE: Supreme Court Case No. S-1-SC-37561; JSC Inquiry No. 2018-031

On April 8, 2019, the Supreme Court issued an order granting the Commission’s Petition to Accept Stipulation Agreement and Consent to Discipline and publicly censured Hon. Steve Guthrie, Otero County Magistrate Court Judge. To view or download a copy of the disciplinary petition click here, and for the Supreme Court’s Order and Public Censure click here.

03/29/19 DOROTHY ENCINIAS: Supreme Court Case No. S-1-SC-37456; JSC Inquiry No. 2018-078

On March 29, 2019, the New Mexico Supreme Court granted the Commission’s Motion to Accept Stipulation to Permanent Resignation in Lieu of Further Disciplinary Proceedings concerning Hon. Dorothy Encinias, Moriarty Municipal Court Judge. The Commission had originally filed a Petition to Accept Stipulation Agreement and Consent to Discipline on January 3, 2019 with the Supreme Court, in which it was … Read More

03/12/19 WARREN G. WALTON: Supreme Court Case No. S-1-SC-36763, JSC Inquiry Nos. 2016-101, 2016-139, 2017-108, 2017-041 and 2017-053

On March 12, 2019, the Supreme Court granted the Commission’s uncontested Motion to Enforce the breach provision of the stipulated agreement that the Court accepted and issued a disciplinary order to the Hon. Warren G. Walton, Colfax County Magistrate Judge, on December 31, 2018, and issued the public censure on January 4, 2019 (see prior dated posts below). The Supreme … Read More