On April 21, 2017, the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Foundation held its 33rd Annual Amicus Honors Gala. The NMTLF took the unusual step of selecting dual honorees, Shannon and Joseph Kennedy, who have been protecting civil rights in New Mexico for over two decades. Heart-felt congratulations to Shannon and Joe.
Judge Gorsuch's dissent in Kennedy Kennedy & Ives' case A.M. v. Holmes is being featured on SCOTUSblog as a part of a feature on the Supreme Court Nominee's First Amendment Jurisprudence. Read more at the link below.
This firm today filed a petition to the United States Supreme Court in A.M. v. Acosta, a case in which a 13-year-old middle school student in Albuquerque, New Mexico was detained by police and transported in handcuffs to the juvenile detention center for burping audibly during his gym class.
On February 22, 2017, a jury returned a verdict against our client, Tim Young, in his claim that a doctor at Gila Regional Medical Center, Bryant Beesley, M.D., battered him when he conducted a rectal digital search at the request of Hidalgo County Sheriff's officers.
Al Jazeera follows the Albuquerque Police Department's (APD) 40-year history of police misconduct and department corruption. Recent events are the Department of Justice findings against the APD, victims' stories (including that of Kenneth Ellis III represented by Shannon Kennedy and Joseph Kennedy), and police officers who spoke out and were retaliated against. This article focuses on the APD, but provides a lens for a larger understanding of how class and race issues are intertwined with history of police misconduct. Read the full article here: Albuquerque PD: a case study of police brutality.