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The Line: Court Documents Sealed in Omaree Varela Settlement

1304 Line Omaree Settlement Sealed

July 26, 2019 – The 2013 murder of 9-year-old Omaree Varela captured the attention of the entire Albuquerque community. It also shone a light on how the state protects its most vulnerable citizens. But, does the public also have a right to know about every aspect of the crime? That’s the question at the center of a new Albuquerque Journal article that points out how the details of a settlement in a wrongful death case filed by Omaree’s estate against the Children, Youth and Families Department. Many of those details, including how much money was involved in that settlement have been sealed by the courts. Host Gene Grant and The Line panelists weigh the public’s need to know versus the family’s right to privacy.

Line Panelists:
Diane Denish, Former Lt. Governor
Dave Mulryan, Everybody Votes Founder
Ed Perea, Lawyer and Public Safety Expert
Diane Snyder, Former State Senator

For Further Reading:

Man Convicted in Death of 9-year-old Boy Could have Prison Sentence Cut in Half, KOAT-TV

Court Voids 1 Conviction in Death of Omaree, Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Security Fence Proposed for UNM


June 7, 2019 – Crime is a problem around Albuquerque. It’s a problem around the University of New Mexico campus, too.  But is putting a fence around UNM the answer? Initial reactions, at least in the court of popular opinion, seem to be negative. But parents of current and future students want university officials to do something substantial to make the campus safe.  Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelist debate the best way to address UNM’s safety issues.

Line Panelists:
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in the UNM Anderson School of Management

For Further Reading:

UNM proposes to build fence around entire campus for safety concerns  – by Jeannie Nguyen, Albuquerque Journal

In wake of student death, APD & UNMPD partner – by Danielle Prokop, DailyLobo.com