State v. Plummer, A-1-CA-39958

CitationA-1-CA-39958
Case DateSeptember 21, 2022
CourtCourt of Appeals of New Mexico

STATE OF NEW MEXICO, Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.

JOHN PLUMMER, Defendant-Appellant.

No. A-1-CA-39958

Court of Appeals of New Mexico

September 21, 2022


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APPEAL FROM THE METROPOLITAN COURT OF BERNALILLO COUNTY FELICIA R. BLEA-RIVERA, METROPOLITAN JUDGE

Hector H. Balderas, Attorney General Santa Fe, NM for Appellee

Bennett J. Baur, Chief Public Defender Caitlin C.M. Smith, Assistant Appellate Defender Santa Fe, NM for Appellant

MEMORANDUM OPINION

JACQUELINE R. MEDINA, JUDGE

{¶1} Defendant has appealed his convictions for aggravated DWI (third offense) and possession of an open container. We previously issued a notice of proposed summary disposition in which we proposed to affirm. Defendant has filed a memorandum in opposition. After due consideration, we remain unpersuaded. We therefore affirm.

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{¶2} The relevant background information and legal principles have previously been set forth. We will avoid undue reiteration here, and focus instead on the content of the memorandum in opposition.

{¶3} At this juncture Defendant renews only one issue, challenging the denial of his motion to dismiss for violation of Rule 7-506 NMRA. [MIO 1-10] He contends that the metropolitan court's application of a 90-day extension, based upon the lack of availability of a timely setting for a jury trial due to the backlog of cases that accrued as a consequence of the COVID-19 public health emergency, was improper. We disagree.

{¶4} The New Mexico Supreme Court's Order No. 20-8500-42, which is applicable to the matter at hand, specifically exempts "any period of time delay caused by the [COVID-19] public health emergency" from the calculation of deadlines under Rule 7-506. As Defendant observes, findings are required. In this case, the requisite findings were made. The metropolitan court unambiguously explained that there were no available jury panels or trial calendar openings due to capacity limitations and that the necessity for a 90-day extension was caused by the public health emergency. [RP 30]

{¶5} Defendant contends that it was incumbent upon the metropolitan court to specifically identify the next calendar date available, and/or engage in more complex and...

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