Attorney General Raúl Torrez Joins Brief Arguing that Federal Gun Law Does Not Shield Gun Manufacturers and Dealers from Liability
Mar 27, 2023
Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Raúl Torrez along with 16 other attorneys general filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in the case Estados Unidos Mexicanos v. Smith & Wesson Brands et al arguing that gun manufacturers and dealers are not immune from liability when they market their guns to drug cartels and violent gangs.
Attorney General Raúl Torrez Announces the Passage of Senate Bill 426 Creating the First Ever Civil Rights Division Within the Attorney General’s Office
Mar 18, 2023
Santa Fe, NM – Today, the New Mexico legislature passed Senate Bill 426 establishing the first-ever dedicated Civil Rights Division within the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. The legislation confers broad authority on the Attorney General to investigate state or local agencies and protect New Mexicans from any deprivation of their civil rights.
Former Chaves County Sheriff’s Deputy Convicted at Trial of Multiple Felonies for Receiving Public Money For Services Not Rendered
Mar 15, 2023
Roswell, NM – Fifth Judicial District Court Judge Jane Shuler-Gray found former Chaves County Sheriff’s Deputy James E. Johnson guilty of five felony counts of receiving public money for services not rendered following a bench trial yesterday afternoon in Roswell.
Attorney General Raúl Torrez, Multistate Coalition Push Back Against Ongoing Effort to End DACA
Mar 13, 2023
Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Raúl Torrez joined a coalition of 22 attorneys general, led by California and New York, in an amicus brief pushing back against the ongoing, misguided effort led by Texas to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In the friend-of-the-court brief filed before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the coalition reiterates the critical importance of DACA for states across the country and the hundreds of thousands of Dreamers and their families who depend on the program.
Attorney General Raúl Torrez Files Motion to Protect Ratepayers and Prevent PNM From the Untimely Issuance of Energy Transition Bonds
Mar 10, 2023
Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Raúl Torrez filed a motion with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) to enforce the terms of the Energy Transition Act (ETA) and protect utility ratepayers from the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s (PNM) unilateral decision to delay the issuance of energy transition bonds.
Attorney General Raúl Torrez Files Supplemental Briefing in Fight to Preserve Abortion Access In New Mexico
Mar 8, 2023
Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office filed a supplemental briefing in support of its petition asking the New Mexico Supreme Court to prohibit local governments from denying access to reproductive healthcare.
Attorney General Raúl Torrez Calls on Congress to Improve Federal-State Cooperation to End Human Trafficking
Feb 28, 2023
Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Raúl Torrez, along with Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch, Delaware Attorney General Kathleen Jennings, and Attorneys General representing 33 other states, this week sent a letter to Congressional leaders, informing them of an issue of grave concern with the National Human Trafficking Hotline and requesting their assistance to preserve the critical joint federal-state effort to end trafficking.
Attorney General Raúl Torrez Sues FDA Over Unlawful, Unnecessary Restrictions on Medication Abortion Drug
Feb 24, 2023
Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Raúl Torrez has joined a multistate federal lawsuit against the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) accusing it of singling out one of the two drugs used for medication abortions for excessively burdensome regulation, despite ample evidence that the drug is safer than Tylenol.
Jerry Jay Sentenced to 33 Years in Prison for the Murder of U.S. Army Veteran Cecilia Finona
Feb 16, 2023
Farmington, NM – This morning, Jerry Jay was sentenced to 33 years in prison for the murder of Cecilia Finona. Finona was reported missing by her family in 2019, her remains were found in Las Vegas, Nevada two years later. Jay pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder and First Degree Kidnapping.
New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez and Senator Antonio Maestas Present the Tyler Lackey Memorial Bill
Feb 7, 2023
Santa Fe, NM – Today, New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez and Senator Antonio “Moe” Maestas introduced the Tyler Lackey Memorial Bill.
The bill will amend New Mexico law to preclude a defendant charged with homicide from receiving a jury instruction for a lesser manslaughter charge if the defendant was “in the course of or during an escape from the commission of a felony offense, or while resisting a lawful arrest by a law enforcement officer or another person.”