10/19/2021 STEVE GUTHRIE: Supreme Court Case No. S-1-SC-39014; JSC Inquiry Nos. 2020-017, et al.

On October 19, 2021, the Supreme Court granted a Petition to Accept Stipulation Agreement and Consent to Discipline concerning Otero County Magistrate Steve Guthrie’s conduct as charged in JSC Inquiry Nos. 2020-017, 2020-028, 2020-042, 2020-046, 2020-071, 2020-100 & 2020-114. The Supreme Court ordered imposition of the stipulated disciplinary measures, as follows: 30-day suspension without pay, additional training, formal mentorship, and unsupervised … Read More

07/02/2021 KAREN E. GATES: Supreme Court Case No. S-1-SC-38844, JSC Inquiry No. 2020-094

On July 2, 2021, the New Mexico Supreme Court granted the Commission’s Petition to Accept Stipulation to Resignation from Judicial Office in Lieu of Further Disciplinary Proceedings concerning Hon. Karen E. Gates, Cimarron Municipal Court. To view a copy of the full petition, CLICK HERE. To view a copy of the Supreme Court’s Order, CLICK HERE.

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