Judges take court hearing to New Mexico high school

Judges gavel

CASA BLANCA, N.M. (AP) – The New Mexico Court of Appeals will hear a case Thursday at a Native American high school west of Albuquerque, where judges will offer students a first-hand look at the state’s criminal justice system.

The appeals court hearing at Laguna-Acoma High School in Casa Blanca is for a man who online court records show was convicted more than two years ago of narcotics possession in an Albuquerque drug case. Thomas Cunningham has challenged the ruling, saying an unreasonable seizure led to his arrest in April 2012.

The hearing will mark the first time the court of appeals has held a hearing at a pueblo high school under a program that aims to show high schoolers the legal process.

Judges will answer students’ questions after the hearing in the Laguna-Acoma auditorium.

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