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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 1996 12:00 am | Updated: 12:24 pm, Tue Mar 12, 2013.

Less then a year has passed since Jose Angel Velasquez was elected Municipal Court Judge through a first-of-its-kind district election held in Monterey County. But since Velasquez was elected in June of 1995, the rookie jurist has emerged as a controversial figure in local judicial proceedings--drawing fire for his policy regarding drunk driving convictions.

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