Tag Archives: law enforcement

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: Crime In Albuquerque

Crime Scene Tape

July 27, 2018 – The Albuquerque Journal reported this week that some crime rates appear to have dropped in the first part of 2018, but violent crimes continued to rise. Crime has been a top concern in New Mexico’s largest city for years. Property crime, particularly auto thefts, rose year after year. What should be done now to address crime rates in Albuquerque? Host Gene Grant and this week’s Line panelists discuss what’s being done in the Keller administration.

Line Panelists:

Merritt Allen, owner and executive director, Vox Optima LLC

Viki Harrison, director of state operations, Common Cause

Andy Lyman, reporter, NM Political Report

Dan McKay, reporter, Albuquerque Journal