Thursday, May 01, 2014

Must-Read For Federal Felon-in-Possession Cases Involving Deferred NM Sentences

United States v. Reese, Docket No. 33,950 (NMSC May 1, 2014): On certification from the Tenth Circuit in a federal felon in possession case, the New Mexico Supreme Court held that, upon satisfactory completion of all conditions for a deferred sentence and the resulting dismissal of all charges, New Mexico restores a person's civil rights, including the right to hold public office, by operation of law without the necessity of a pardon or certificate from the governor. The full opinion is available here.