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Obelisk Motion Hearing Reset for Mr. Sean Sunderland
The Santa Fe Police Department received notification on January 7, 2021 that the Motion Hearing regarding the charges against Sean Sunderland in relation to the Obelisk has been reset for January 25, 2021. The prosecuting Officer has been notified, and will be in attendance at that hearing.
The Santa Fe Police Department is thankful that Judge Donita Sena took the matter into consideration and will move this case forward.
In an Albuquerque Journal article published January 4, 2021 regarding this case, it was brought to our attention the case had been dismissed. The dismissal was the result of the prosecuting officer’s failure to attend a Motions Hearing, which was scheduled for December 28, 2020. Upon learning of the dismissal and the reason for the dismissal, we immediately initiated our internal inquiry to determine why the officer in question did not attend the Motions Hearing.
The issue at hand centered around the “Certificate of Service” for the Notice of Motions Hearing. It was identified the “Certificate or Services” was not received. It is established protocol for the Courts, as well as Attorneys to send any notices, subpoenas, and discovery requests directly to the Santa Fe Police Department via a standalone email dedicated solely for the receipt and service of Court and Attorney documents, at which point it is the responsibility of SFPD to complete the service to the officer, and verify that the service had been conducted.
Up to the point of this hearing, Officer Campbell had attended all of the scheduled hearings that he had been made aware of.
Trailing Docket [PDF]