Congress, courts need to take action in death penalty cases

Editorial R obert Charles Comer wants to take responsibility for the murders, kidnapping, robbery and rape he committed nearly 20 years ago at Arizona’s Apache Lake and face the ultimate punishment — state execution by lethal injection. But the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals won’t let him. Instead, a three-judge panel has refused to rule […]

Hold soldiers accountable

Editorial It is painful to read or hear about the five U.S. Army soldiers accused of raping a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and murdering her and her family. If the accusations are at all accurate — and we must still presume the soldiers to be innocent until proven guilty — they not only committed this crime, […]

Utah case expands police powers for entering a home

Editorial It is said that hard cases make bad law, and that seems to be the case with Brigham City v. Stuart, in which a 9-0 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it a little easier for police officers to enter a home without a warrant or without knocking and announcing themselves. In July 2000, police […]

Supreme Court now handling tougher cases, more controversy

Editorial The U.S. Supreme Court is moving from a period when it has been handling some of the easier cases on its docket, resulting in a surprising number of unanimous decisions, to handling more controversial decisions that will almost surely split the high court. One case decided last week led newly installed Chief Justice John […]

Portales tennis sweeps Ruidoso

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Freedom Newspapers At home in a district match, the only team more dominant than the Portales boys were the Portales girls. Against visiting Ruidoso, the Rams cruised to a 7-2 victory, while the Lady Rams rolled to a 9-0 victory on Friday. “I am very proud of the girls,” Portales girls coach Michelle Wallis said. […]

Meth, drug rehab top local legislators’ lists

By Andy Jackson Local legislators are adamant about two bills they wrote that will hit the Roundhouse in upcoming weeks — separate yet connected propositions for mandatory drug sentencing and rehabilitation initiatives. Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, said he’s introducing a bill that would impose mandatory methamphetamine sentencing, to “get cooks out of the kitchen,” he […]

Council bringing new equipment for courts, other departments

By Tony Parra City councilors approved the ratification of agreements for the installation of equipment for video arraignment at the Municipal court on Tuesday at the city council meeting. The first agreement is with Qwest providing video arraignment equipment. The city of Portales and the Administrative Office of the Courts agreed that the cost will […]