SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
The judge who set the bond amount for an
Prior to the bail fiasco, the case made national headlines this week because the magnitude of corruption is unusually large for a small U.S. town (
Garcia-Von Borstel solicited bribes from
The small-town mayor’s lavish lifestyle drew attention because he only made $50 a month and had no other job. Earlier this year Garcia-Von Borstel got in trouble for charging trips to
Garcia-Von Borstel’s bail was originally set at $250,000, even though prosecutors had requested more than double that amount. Before the bond was posted news reports surfaced of a conflict involving the judge who set the lower bond amount. It turns out that she had previously recused herself from a traffic case involving the mayor because they are friends. Prosecutors appealed to a superior court which temporarily revoked the bail until another hearing is scheduled.
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