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The Line: Grand Juries Vs. Preliminary Hearings

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May 31, 2019 – A recent decision regarding how felony court cases begin in and around Albuquerque has ignited a heated standoff, with defense attorneys, judges, District Attorney Raúl Torrez and Mayor Tim Keller weighing in. The Court wants to continue reducing grand jury availability and replacing that charging structure with preliminary hearings, which it says is more effective. Torrez and Keller disagree, saying preliminary hearings take up too much time and resources. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the issue. 

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, owner and executive director, Vox Optima LLC
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Stephanie Maez, executive director, ProgressNow New Mexico
Cathryn McGill, founder/director, NM Black History Organizing Committee

For Further Reading:

Defense attorneys commend plan to reduce grand juries – by Katy Barnitz, Albuquerque Journal

Letter to New Mexico Supreme Court – from judges Stan Whitaker and Charles W. Brown

DA Torrez Playing With Fire Taking On The Courts – by blogger Pete Dinelli

The Line: Alarming Number of Shootings in Bernalillo County

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May 2, 2019 – The Albuquerque City Council recently hosted the first of three public hearings on the fiscal year 2020 budget, and citizens voiced their opinions on how that money should be spent.  On Monday (April 29) of the following week, the Albuquerque Journal reported that 114 people had been shot in Bernalillo County since the year started 112 days before. Should fighting crime be the top budget priority? Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists discuss.

Line Panelists:
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Martha Burk, political psychologist and women’s issues expert
Julie Ann Grimm, editor, Santa Fe Reporter
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator

For Further Reading:

Disturbing trend in Bernalillo County: More than 100 shootings in 114 days – by Todd Kurtz, KOAT-7

Citizens give their 2 cents on CABQ budget– by Jessica Dyer, Albuquerque Journal