September 1986

In September 1986, a lawsuit was filed against the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School from a building where two residents were murdered and one was raped. The lawsuit resulted in a three-day long, closed door trial that lead Judge Tibo Chavez to rule that the institution had not provided adequate safety for the residence. Judge Chavez, in his decision, ruled that outside medical examiners would have to see the residents to examine them for evidence of abuse and neglect. The judge did not allow any of the testimony to become public so there is no public record of the information shared by witnesses. The state appealed the decision and did not comply with the recommendations. I have been unable to locate anything that shows Judge Chavez’s orders were ever enforced. The institution closed in the mid 1990’s.