Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Clerk Cleared On 3 Charges.(State)

Byline: Rene Romo Journal Southern Bureau

Dona Ana Jury Deadlocks on 6

LAS CRUCES A six-member jury on Thursday found suspended Dona Ana County Clerk Ruben Ceballos not guilty of three counts and deadlcked on six others in a civil case aimed at permanently removing him from office for election code violations.

Ceballos, who was suspended Sept. 26, smiled but declined to comment on the outcome. Defense attorney Antonio Silva called the outcome a "tremendous win for the people of Dona Ana County."

Chief Deputy District Attorney Susan Riedel, who prosecuted the misdemeanor charges with Deputy District Attorney Jeff Lahann over the course of a two-week trial, vowed to retry Ceballos on the charges on which the jury deadlocked. …

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