Judge in non-alcoholic beer case re-elected

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Viewers may remember the story On Special Assignment presented a few weeks ago about a man convicted for having an open container of non-alcoholic beer in his car – which is legal.

When Gary Southern figured out the law was on his side, the statute of limitations had run out to appeal, but he vowed to unseat the Tucumcari judge that convicted him.

Now the votes are in, and Judge Joe Dominguez won by a landslide – 471 votes to Southern’s 85.

Southern said he’s had enough and plans to move.

“Hey, you know what he was before you voted for him – so live with him because I’ll be gone,” Southern said.

Six plaintiffs recently settled a civil lawsuit against Dominguez and the city, alleging civil rights violations ranging from denying them due process to charging people for jail time.

Dominguez denies any wrongdoing and says he’s glad he’s re-elected.

He’s been in office 17 years and will be in the judgeship for another four.

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