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Feb 29, 2024

Attorney Tips FBI on APD DWI Corruption Case

Journalist Elise Kaplan of City Desk Albuquerque asks legal malpractice attorney and former state rep Daymon Ely about the information he passed along to federal agents from potential victims of an alleged scheme to get drunk driving cases tossed out of court.

Jan 18, 2024

BernCo DA Sam Bregman visits Washington MS for anti-gun school initiative

On Wednesday, Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman came to Washington Middle School where 13-year-old Bennie Hargrove was shot and killed by his classmate, Juan Saucedo Jr. just two years ago...

Jan 14, 2024

OPINION: DA's Office clicking on many levels in relentless pursuit of justice

It has been an honor serving as your Bernalillo County district attorney and we have made tremendous strides in just one year in office. At a time when government agencies throughout New Mexico are struggling to hire staff, we have hired 45 attorneys and 42 support staff, bringing the total number of employees to nearly 300 people....

Jan 10, 2024

DA Sam Bregman warns Highland High School of the consequences of bringing guns to school

So when Highland High School students on Wednesday got a visit from a special guest — Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman — to talk about the perils and consequences of bringing guns to school campuses, Peralta found herself moved to tears...

Dec 16, 2023

Two Albuquerque teens to stay in jail after bringing guns to school

"They want to do adult crimes; we're going to charge them as adults. I don't think we could prosecute our way out of this. We will prosecute anybody and everybody that has a gun on campus, but I think this is a community-wide issue." Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman...

Dec 7, 2023

Law enforcement leaders talk public safety at luncheon

District Attorney Sam Bregman, APD Chief of Police Harold Medina, and Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen say collaboration between the three agencies has never been better...

Nov 13, 2023

Bernalillo County DA Sam Bregman addresses gun violence at local schools

It was a packed gym Monday morning at Truman Middle School as Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman made the first of many school visits. “Would you all agree with me that there’s too much gun violence out there?” said Bregman...

Nov 13, 2023

Bernalillo County District Attorney’s office moves forward with decades-old rape case

The District Attorney has promised to keep prosecuting Albuquerque’s backlog of rape cases no matter how many years they stretch into the past and now they are taking on a more than 30-year-old case. In a rare decision, they’re still prosecuting it even though the victim is no longer alive...

Nov 7, 2023

Bernalillo County District Attorney talks guns, drugs, retail crime

This week on the New Mexico News Podcast, Chris McKee and Gabrielle Burkhart host Bregman to discuss the area’s crime problem, the changes he’s implementing, and how the DA’s office is measuring success...

Nov 1, 2023

DA: 60 percent of violent suspects staying in jail until trial

“We are keeping more violent people behind bars pending trial,” said Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman. “We’re making arguments about the safety of our community, and why this particular individual is posing a threat to the community. And I think it’s paying off and we’re seeing it in the numbers.”

Oct 15, 2023

DA Sam Bregman provides update on efforts to curb retail crime

KOB 4 spoke to DA Sam Bregman about their recent efforts to curb crime. “We have far too many people shoplifting in this community, we are going to prosecute every single one of them that we can. It is a priority for this office, for the sheriff, for the chief, it’s a priority for me,” said Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman...

Oct 13, 2023

DA Sam Bregman sides with city on homeless camp enforcement

In September, a district court judge sided with the ACLU, ruling the city of Albuquerque can no longer clean up homeless encampments on any public property, including parks. This week, Bregman filed an amicus brief asking the New Mexico Supreme Court to get involved.

Sep 26, 2023

NM law enforcement, prosecutors gather to talk crime-fighting

Bregman, a former defense attorney who often represented law enforcement, said being an officer or deputy is the “hardest job in this country” and that law enforcement in Bernalillo County is working together better than ever...

Sep 24, 2023

We've made a major change prosecuting shoplifting in Bernalillo county

The time when there are no consequences for shoplifting in Bernalillo County is coming to an end. Effective Sept. 1 of this year, the District Attorney’s Office will be entering its appearance in every shoplifting case, including all misdemeanors filed in Metropolitan Court...

Sep 5, 2023

Bernalillo County district attorney vows to crack down on shoplifters

While state lawmakers have made some moves to address shoplifting, the Bernalillo County district attorney says major changes are about to make a difference – even with the small-time thieves...

Aug 31, 2023

Former APS elementary teacher convicted of raping student

A jury convicted former APS teacher Danny Aldaz for molesting one of his students – a 7-year-old girl – in 2019. “I’m so proud of my Special Victims Unit, who prosecuted Aldaz. I look forward to this man spending a long time in prison,” said Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman...

Jul 15, 2023

Bregman making progress, but has much work ahead of him as DA

Six months into the job as the top prosecutor in Bernalillo County, we don’t doubt Sam Bregman understands exactly how crime is gripping the Metro — violent crime, retail crime, property crime, staggering amounts of fentanyl and human smuggling, this list is daunting...

Jul 13, 2023

District attorney calls for pretrial detention in group theft cases

"We're grateful for these new laws. This constant retail crime must stop," Bregman said. "New Mexicans should be allowed to go shopping without being terrified. We're going to hold the people who commit these crimes accountable."...

Jul 9, 2023

Eye on New Mexico: Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman

In this week’s Eye on New Mexico, we are checking in with the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office. It’s been six months since Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham appointed Sam Bregman as the new district attorney...

Jul 4, 2023

District Attorney Bregman's about-face might be good for state

At this stage of his life, Bregman doesn’t need the difficult and demanding job of district attorney. He wants it. Commitment is an active ingredient of success. It counts for more than Bregman’s broken promise to be a prosecutor but not a politician...

Jun 29, 2023

Sam Bregman plans to run for district attorney next year

"Yes, I will be running,” [Bregman] said in response to a question. “We have put things in place that I believe are starting to make a difference. I believe things are starting to get better when it comes to crime..."

Jun 29, 2023

Bernalillo County District Attorney gives six month update on office

Bernalillo County District Attorney Sam Bregman says crime is getting better in Albuquerque. During a news conference Thursday morning, he highlighted the success of his six months in office...

Jun 29, 2023

‘It’s a community issue’: DA hopes to fight juvenile gun violence

On Thursday, Bregman provided an update on where things are since he took over. He said conviction rates are up by nearly 10%, which some could say is a good thing – but he also highlighted a big problem, juveniles with guns...

Jun 27, 2023

UNM report shows more people are behind bars before their trial in Bernalillo County

“We are beginning to move the needle in this town when it comes to crime. I mean, it may not feel like it overnight, but I think if we continue to grind it out, we’ll get done what we need to get done,” said Sam Bregman, District Attorney for Bernalillo County...

May 24, 2023

Lujan Grisham brings back commission to target organized crime in New Mexico

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined prosecutors Wednesday to revive a 1970s commission targeting organized crime in New Mexico — a move she said would help combat human trafficking and illegal fentanyl sales. District Attorney Sam Bregman, whose jurisdiction covers the Albuquerque area, will lead the new commission...

Apr 14, 2023

Bernalillo County District Attorney Explains Public Safety Priorities

The Governor appointed Bregman, a longtime criminal defense and civil rights attorney and Democratic Party leader, in January. Bregman explains why he took the job and what his priorities will be as he tries to prosecute and deter crime in Albuquerque.

Mar 29, 2023

District attorney announces renewed push to keep guns off of Albuquerque’s school campuses

The fact that it's illegal to take guns to schools always bears repeating. That was the message Wednesday when Second Judicial District Attorney Sam Bregman, surrounded by city, county and educational leaders, announced a renewed "anti-gun" initiative...

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