Tag Archives: DWI

The Line: Judge Rules Vehicle Forfeiture Program Is Illegal


August 3, 2018- U.S. District Judge James Browning ruled this week that an Albuquerque program that seizes vehicles after someone is arrested for a second or subsequent DWI offence is unconstitutional. The case began in 2016, when Arlene Harjo’s car was seized after her son borrowed it, drove it out of town, and then was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Harjo was represented by The Institute for Justice, a public interest law firm based in Arlington, Virginia, that focuses on eradicating programs that promote “policing for profit.” Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the case and what the ruling might mean across New Mexico.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Rachel Sams, editor of Albuquerque Business First
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
Marco Torrez, UNM student, journalism & mass communications

The Line: Plea Deal For Former Martinez Official

April 20, 2018 – A plea deal for former Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn has been under scrutiny in local media outlets this year. Jeff Proctor and Justin Horwath recently wrote about new information they uncovered in public records requests for the Santa Fe Reporter and New Mexico in Depth. Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panelists discuss the case and who has access to plea deals when charged with drunk driving.

Also mentioned:

Columbia Journalism Review: A scrap over DWI coverage spurs accountability questions

Line Panelists:
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Viki Harrison, Common Cause New Mexico
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
H. Diane Snyder, former NM state senator