State v. Romero.

Decision Date17 May 1945
Docket NumberNo. 4858.,4858.
Citation49 N.M. 129,158 P.2d 851
PartiesSTATEv.ROMERO.
CourtNew Mexico Supreme Court

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Appeal from District Court, Santa Fe County; William J. Barker, Judge.

Proceedings by the State of New Mexico against Eustaquio Romero, doing business as Lensic Tavern, to revoke a liquor license. From a judgment setting aside an order of the Chief of Division of Liquor Control revoking the license, the Chief of Division of Liquor Control appeals.

Judgment reversed and cause remanded with directions.

See also 49 N.M. 127, 158 P.2d 850.

In proceeding to revoke defendant's liquor license for serving liquor to a minor, testimony of state's tobacco inspectors that girls ordered drinks which inspectors paid for, and that one girl said she was 17, was not incredible and was substantial evidence supporting order revoking defendant's license. 1941 Comp. §§ 61-603, 61-605, 61-1012(a) (1-4).

[158 P.2d 852 , 49 N.M. 130]

C. C. McCulloh, Atty. Gen., Harry L. Bigbee, Asst. Atty. Gen., and Geo. E. Remley, Sp. Atty., for Division of Liquor Control, Bureau of Revenue, of Santa Fe, for appellant.

R. Cunningham and Chas. B. Barker, both of Santa Fe, for appellee.

LUJAN, Justice.

This is an appeal from a judgment of the District Court of Santa Fe County, setting aside an order of the Chief of Division of Liquor Control, revoking the liquor license issued to Eustaquio Romero, d/b/a Lensic Bar in the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Chief of Division of Liquor Control, appellant, filed a charge against appellee under Section 1703, Chapter 236, New Mexico Session Laws of 1939, N.M.S.A.1941, Sec. 61-603, seeking to revoke his license upon the ground that he had served intoxicating liquor to a minor.

The Section which appellant contends the appellee violated and relies upon as a ground for the revocation of the license is Sec. 1202(a), Chap. 236, New Mexico Session Laws 1939, N.M.S.A.1941, Sec. 61-1012, which reads as follows:

‘It shall be a violation of this act for any club, retailer, dispenser, bartender, waiter or servant or employee of any club, retailer or dispenser, or for any taxi driver, hotel employee or any other person, except the parent or guardian of any minor, or adult person into whose custody any court or the parent or guardian of any minor has committed such minor for the time, outside of the actual, visible personal presence of such minor's parent, guardian or the adult person into whose custody any court or the parent or guardian of such minor has committed such minor for the time, to do any of the following acts:

(1) To sell, serve or give any alcoholic liquor to a minor.

(2) To buy alcoholic liquor for, or to procure the sale or service of alcoholic liquor to, a minor.

(3) To deliver alcoholic liquor to a minor.

(4) To aid or assist a minor to buy, procure or be served with alcoholic liquor.’

In the hearing held before the Chief of Division of Liquor Control, both the division and the appellee were represented by counsel, and the testimony material to the hearing was adduced.

Ben Baca, a Tobacco Tax Inspector for the State, testified as follows:

‘Q. Tell the Chief what you saw in that place. A. Mr. Gomez and I went in there. We saw two women sitting at a table. We sat down and we ordered drinks and I began to talk to Mrs. Leonides Rougomont. I asked them if they wanted a drink and they said ‘yes.’ I ordered them a drink and asked Mr. Gomez to loan me a dollar and I would pay for the drinks. (Tr. 13)

Q. You ordered a drink for yourself? A. Yes, sir.

‘Q. They were already sitting down? A. Yes, sir.

Q. You ordered the drinks and you paid for them? A. Yes, sir. I asked the girls what they wanted.’ (Tr. 14)

Tony Gomez, a Liquor Inspector for the Chief of Division of Liquor Control, testified as follows:

Q. Tell the Chief what you saw. A. We went out that night, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Algire, Mr. Baca and myself looking things over. Mr. Murphy and Mr. Algire went in the Lensic Tavern to investigate. Mr. Murphy came out and asked about the girl in the long blue dress and said that she doesn't look like she is twenty-one. Mr. Baca and I went in and there were two ladies sitting at the table. We sat down at the next table. I got to talking and joking with them. Then Mr. Baca talked to them and asked them if they would like a drink. They ordered two rum cokes and about that time she (Mrs. Rougomont) danced. I got up and went over to the table where Ernestine Lopez was sitting. She said that she had been married to a soldier from the hospital out here for two months. I asked her if she wasn't a little young to be married and she said that she was seventeen years old. (Tr. 14-15)

‘Q. Did you order the drinks? A. The girls ordered the drinks themselves. The drinks were brought to their table and we paid for them.’ (Tr. 15)

At the conclusion of the hearing, the Chief of Division of Liquor Control made and entered an order as follows:

‘* * * and the Chief of Division having heard the facts and being fully advised in the premises, finds: the defendant guilty, as charged.

‘It is therefore ordered that New Mexico Dispenser's License No. 1821, issued to the said Eustaquio Romero d/b/a ‘Lensic Tavern’, be, and the same hereby is, revoked at 12: Noon, May 1, 1944.'

The appellee appealed to this District Court of Santa Fe County from the order revoking his license as provided by Section 1705(a) of the act of 1939, N.M.S.A.1941, Sec. 61-605, which reads as follows:

‘* * * Any licensee aggrieved by any finding or findings of guilt or order of suspension shall have the right within thirty (30) days after the entry of such finding to appeal to the district court of Santa Fe County for a review of such finding, findings and/or order of suspension or revocation of license. The appeal shall be taken by filing a petition for review in the district court of Santa Fe County setting forth the grounds of complaint against any finding of guilt or order of suspension or revocation. The matter on appeal shall be heard by the judge of said court without be jury, and such court shall hear such appeal at the earliest possible time granting the matter of the appeal a preference on the docket. The judge, for good cause shown, may receive evidence in such proceedings in addition to that appearing in the record of hearing and shall set aside and void any order or finding which is not sustained by, or has been overcome by, substantial, competent, relevant and credible evidence.’

The case was tried in the lower court upon a transcript of the testimony adduced before the Chief of Division of Liquor Control and without the introduction of any additional evidence in the matter.

At the conclusion of the hearing in the District Court the trial judge held that the finding of...

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  • State v. CARMODY
    • United States
    • New Mexico Supreme Court
    • August 3, 1949
    ...for taking additional evidence, either before the Commission through a remand, or before the district court itself. Cf.State v. Romero, 49 N.M. 129, 158 P.2d 851; M. R. Prestridge Lumber Co. v. Employment Security Commission, 50 N.M. 309, 176 P.2d 190. Having so determined, the question rem......
  • Kearns v. Aragon
    • United States
    • New Mexico Supreme Court
    • December 15, 1958
    ...this fact alone does not render their testimony unsubstantial, incompetent, irrevelant or incredible. As we held in State v. Romero, 49 N.M. 129, 133, 158 P.2d 851, the mere circumstance, standing alone, that the State's witnesses were engaged in a species of entrapment does not render thei......
  • M. R. Prestridge Lumber Co. v. Employment Sec. Comm'n., 4890.
    • United States
    • New Mexico Supreme Court
    • September 30, 1946
    ...basic differences. In commenting on it we took note that ‘no provision is made on appeal for a trial de novo.’ But, see, State v. Romero, 49 N.M. 129, 158 P.2d 851. This statement is singularly true of the statute under consideration in the granting of a ‘judicial review’ of the Commission'......

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