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Pages past, Oct. 23: Jury acquits men after police raid

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1957: Two Clovis men had been acquitted on charges they’d been selling alcoholic beverages without a license.

The men had been arrested “following a raid on the Alpha & Omega Club south of Clovis,” the Clovis News-Journal reported.

“Considerable quantities of beer and assorted whiskey, gin, crème de menthe and other liquors were taken and brought into court for state exhibits.”

The newspaper reported jurors initially voted 9-3 for conviction, but three hours of deliberating led to a not-guilty verdict. There was no report on the reason jurors changed their minds.

Jurors were Lynn Merrill, A.B. Fleming, Leroy Tucker, Mrs. Archie Baker, Garland Harrington, Wray Wilson, Ben Jennings, Ernest Harrison, H.P. Miller, James Carmack, W.W. Ewing and Dennis Dayhoff.

The trial was the second in two days in which area residents had been accused of selling alcohol without a license following police raids. The first case ended in a guilty verdict for a man accused of selling alcohol on his farm southwest of Clovis.

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