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Lisa Torraco In The News

Lisa Torraco, founder of Lisa Torraco Law, is frequently quoted in the media. She speaks for her clients when their cases make the news; she also is invited to speak to media outlets on criminal justice and gun rights topics frequently. Here is a sampling of her media portfolio.

Lisa Toracco speaking into a radio microphone

Lisa Torraco is a local media commentator on criminal justice and crime issues.

News Items Related To The ‘Rust’ Movie Set Shooting

Baldwin Halyna Hutchins Scene

Experienced in High Profile Complex Cases

Ms. Torraco is the defense lawyer for one of the defendants – the assistant director – in the fatal “Rust” movie set shooting, also involving actor Alec Baldwin. The video below includes a public comment by Ms. Torraco about her client.

Lisa Toracco on CBS MORNINGS

The following links lead to articles explaining the progression of Mr. Baldwin’s case:

In this video clip, Ms. Torraco says she was told by her client that actor Alec Baldwin did not pull the trigger on the prop gun that discharged on the film’s set, killing one crew member and injuring another.

Lisa Toracco on Good Morning America

Additional Criminal Defense Cases Successfully Represented By Ms. Torraco

Murder trial begins for Manuel Sanchez, accused of killing Carlsbad man missing for 6 years

Brian Runnels went missing nine years ago, and the trial of the man police believed killed him began Monday.

Federal appeals court overturns man’s life sentence over lack of gang ties

A federal appeals court has overturned the murder conviction of a Belen man sentenced in 2019 to life in prison in a slaying after serving less than four years.

Realty Firm Owner Is Cleared In Assault Case

A judge dismissed a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a prominent Albuquerque realtor who brandished a weapon in front of a tenant who invaded her Albuquerque office.

Torraco wins in Dismissing 2 First Degree Counts Against A Former Louisiana Sheriff In A Sex Abuse Case

Ms. Torraco fought aggressively through filing of many motions and ultimately convinced the Court to dismiss the 2 counts of of first-degree criminal sexual penetration, each count carrying a penalty of 18 years.

Española Shooting Suspect Released From Jail Pending Trial

Ms. Torraco secured the release of one of four co-defendants in the fatal shooting of a teenager in Alcalde ahead of their trial.

DA Drops Charges In 2018 Drug-Related Shooting

Prosecutors with the District Attorney’s Office dropped charges against a teenager involved in a shooting during an apparent drug deal gone bad that left another teen paralyzed.

Lisa Torraco talking with a client during a trial

Lisa Torraco in trial in Santa Fe, N.M.

Video Clips In Which Ms. Torraco Speaks Out On Criminal Justice

Media Mentions Of Ms. Torraco’s Legislative Work As A State Senator

Thinking Outside The Box On Crime

State Sen. Lisa Torraco, in office from 2013 to 2017, helped lead the effort to rewrite the state’s criminal code.

It’s Time For N.M.’s Citizen Legislature To Bite The Dust

Lisa Torraco is praised as an effective, determined legislator in an opinion piece condemning New Mexico’s tradition of not paying its state lawmakers.

New Mexico State Senators File Lawsuit To Quash Illegal Civil Forfeiture Programs

Ms. Torraco co-sponsored a bill while in the state senate to end the practice of Albuquerque and several other cities illegally continuing a civil asset forfeiture program, which had been outlawed across the state previously.

Additional stories and web pages on the civil asset forfeiture lawsuit and the Forfeiture Reform Law: