- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A federal judge has dismissed a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by a former Curry County jail administrator.

The Clovis News Journal reports (http://goo.gl/CVCiVB) that Judge Christina Armijo threw out Tuesday the lawsuit filed by Gerry Billy last year. The lawsuit alleged Billy’s dismissal was without cause and in violation of his First Amendment rights.

Commission Chairman Frank Blackburn says he was pleased with the judge’s ruling and felt it was vindication.

The judge declined to address Billy’s allegations of whistleblower protection, remanding it to the state court level.

Portales attorney Eric Dixon, who is representing Billy, said he plans to appeal on charges of retaliatory discharge, denial of the Equal Protection Clause and an interference with his contractual relationship.

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Information from: Clovis News Journal, http://www.cnjonline.com

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