- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Prosecutors are holding off on taking $70,000 out of an imprisoned sheriff’s bank account to pay for court fines.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1PL7fny) prosecutors and former Rio Arriba County sheriff Tommy Rodella agreed to leave the funds in his account until his appeal is heard.

Rodella is serving 10 years in prison for abusing a driver in a bizarre, off-duty traffic stop that prosecutors described as a fit of road rage.

Attorney John Cline is representing Rodella and has said his client’s constitutional rights were violated. Court documents say improper jury instructions and some evidence that was permitted created an unfair trial.

Cline and federal prosecutors are scheduled to give arguments in the appeal Sept. 29.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com


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