Informers Identity Ruled New Mexico State Secret

The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the prosecution need not reveal the name of the informer who set up a drug bust, unless the informer was llie prosecution's only witness. The defense relied on a U.S. Supreme Court case, Roviaro- v. U.S., in which testimony by the informer was required. The New

Mexico courts however, ruled the Roviaro case applied only to situations in which the informer was the sole witness of the transaction. In this case, the narcotics agent was also present and was the main proseculion witness. The nial judge had interviewed the informer in private and concluded his testimony was not relevant or necessary lo the defense.

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