- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

KINGSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A South Texas judge must serve four years of probation after being convicted of tampering with a government document involving a former client.

Kleberg (KLAY’-berg) County Court-at-Law Judge Alfred Isassi (ee-SAH’-see) was also sentenced Wednesday to 800 hours of community service and fined $1,500.

A jury in Kingsville convicted Isassi of forging a prosecutor’s signature to dismiss a misdemeanor hot check case for an ex-client. The woman testified she was prepared to plead guilty and didn’t seek dismissal.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (https://bit.ly/1iykCg0 ) reports Isassi denies wrongdoing and says he witnessed the prosecutor sign the form. The prosecutor denies it.

A visiting judge decided the penalty for Isassi, who could have faced two years behind bars.

Messages left for Isassi and with County Judge Rudy Madrid weren’t immediately returned Thursday.


Information from: Corpus Christi Caller-Times, https://www.caller.com

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