The Associated Press
Court overrules precedent
SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court has ruled that defendants don’t have a constitutional right to confront and question witnesses providing testimony against them at pretrial hearings.
The state Supreme Court’s decision overruled a legal precedent on the question set by the justices in 1969.
The court said last week the constitution’s confrontation right applies only to criminal trials, which determine whether a defendant is guilty, and not to pretrial hearings that decide whether there’s probable cause a crime has been committed and a case should go to trial.
The court rejected arguments by a man charged with drug offenses who contended his rights were violated because a drug report was admitted as evidence during a preliminary hearing without allowing him to cross-examine the laboratory analyst who prepared the report.
Search ongoing for firefighter
JEMEZ SPRINGS — The search for a Forest Service firefighter missing since Friday in the northern New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest is growing.
About 100 people were involved in the search Monday for 41-year-old Token Adams, who vanished while checking a wildfire on an ATV. Search spokeswoman Doratea Martinez says about 250 people will participate Tuesday.
And Martinez says a regional interagency management team takes over the search Tuesday morning.
Adams failed to return to a pre-arranged meeting point Friday with two other firefighters who were checking on a 25-acre wildfire in the area of Jemez Springs.