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$485M Foster Care Abuse Jury Award, Former UNM Athletic Director on Trial & Redistricting Lawsuits

This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant discusses the recent $485 million jury award on behalf of an 8-year-old girl. The lawsuit, first filed in 2019, alleges a non-profit company called Familyworks, licensed by the state Children, Youth and Families Department, placed the girl in the care of Clarence Garcia, who allegedly raped her repeatedly. The lawsuit also alleges Familyworks knew about prior accusations of sexual assault against Garcia. Gene asks the panel how something like this was allowed to happen — and if the state should carry any responsibility.  

Senior Producer Lou DiVizio catches up with Daniel Libit, an investigative and enterprise reporter for Sportico, who’s been following the criminal case against former UNM athletic director Paul Krebs. Lou asks why this case rose to the level of criminal charges when so many other collegiate scandals don’t. And the two discuss how this trial could impact the secretive nature within many universities.  

A recent ruling from the New Mexico Supreme Court could set the stage for changes to political redistricting in the state. The justices weighed in on a lawsuit brought by the state Republican Party and others challenging the new congressional districts drawn by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature. But the decision could impact another case too — a lawsuit brought by the Navajo Nation, alleging San Juan County Commissioners packed Native American voters into a single district.  New Mexico in Focus Correspondent Gwyneth Doland caught up with two people familiar with these cases to ask what impact the outcomes could have on future elections.  

In July, the Biden administration publicly announced its decision to send cluster bombs to Ukraine. In conversation with Our Land’s Laura Paskus, filmmakers Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern explain how cluster bombs work and why they’re so dangerous. The two longtime journalists’ film, “Eternal Harvest,” documents the bombing campaign in Laos between 1964 and 1973, when the U.S. military dropped 4 billion pounds of explosives, about 30% of which didn’t detonate and remain on the landscape. 

Host: Gene Grant 


$485M Foster Care Abuse Jury Award
Correspondent: Gene Grant 
Guests: Ed Williams, Searchlight New Mexico 
Carol Suzuki, professor of law, University of New Mexico 
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima Public Relations 

Former UNM Athletic Director on Trial 
Correspondent: Lou DiVizio 
Guest: Daniel Libit, investigative & enterprise reporter, Sportico 

Redistricting Lawsuits Move Forward After NM Supreme Court Decision 
Correspondent: Gwyneth Doland 
Guests: Hannah Burling, project leader for Fair Districts NM, Co-Pres. of the League of Women Voters 
Leonard Gorman, executive director, Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission 

New Mexico Journalists Detail Long-Lasting Dangers of Cluster Bombs 
Correspondent: Laura Paskus 
Guests: Jerry Redfern, reporter, photojournalist & filmmaker, “Eternal Harvest” 
Karen Coates, editor, writer & filmmaker, “Eternal Harvest”