Navajo judge convicted of abuse of office gets $25 fine

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Photo: CBS News

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) – A Navajo Nation judge found guilty of abusing his office will have to forfeit his position and pay a $25 fine.

Shiprock District Court Judge Genevieve Woody released her final sentencing order this week for Roy Tso (SO’).

He was convicted in late December in a bench trial.

Prosecutors asked that Tso be sentenced to the maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $2,500 fine. They say he interfered in a burglary investigation involving his relatives and tried to bribe a prosecutor to drop the case.

Woody says the $25 fine reflects a percentage of the probation officer’s recommendation and is appropriate since Tso has been on unpaid leave.

Tso has maintained he did nothing wrong. His attorney, Judy Apachee, plans to appeal the conviction.

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