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Friday, June 6, 2008

[CA] To charge or not charge Ex-Sgt. Rodrigues who defiantly kept his guns?

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...A restraining order, filed by Rodrigues' estranged wife and signed by a San Benito County judge, prohibits Rodrigues from possessing any firearms or ammunition. No arrests were made, but state authorities forwarded the search results to the San Benito County District Attorney's Office to determine if Rodrigues will face charges...

State agents confiscate guns from deputy facing rape charges
Hollister Free Lance, CA
By Curtis Cartier
Jun 5, 2008
Agents with the California Attorney General's office Wednesday searched the home of former sheriff's Sgt. Michael Rodrigues' - who's facing multiple charges on suspicion or rape - and confiscated two handguns and 700 rounds of ammunition. A restraining order, filed by Rodrigues' estranged wife and signed by a San Benito County judge, prohibits Rodrigues from possessing any firearms or ammunition. No arrests were made, but state authorities forwarded the search results to the San Benito County District Attorney's Office to determine if Rodrigues will face charges, according to a spokesman at the Attorney General's Office in Sacramento. "Mr. Rodrigues came up on our Armed and Prohibited Person Database when he did not surrender his guns after the temporary restraining order from his wife went into effect," said Attorney General spokesman Abraham Arredondo. "We felt like he shouldn't have these guns, so we came in and got them." San Benito County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Palacios declined to comment on whether Rodrigues would be charged in relation to the search. The former 25-year San Benito County sheriff's deputy was indicted by a grand jury in December 2007 with three counts of forcible rape, two counts of unlawful sexual penetration and one count each of spousal rape, attempted rape and domestic violence. At his last court appearance May 27, Rodrigues' former attorney Chris Miller asked Superior Court Judge Harry Tobias to move the upcoming trail out of the county, citing negative Internet blogs and press coverage as having swayed potential jurors unfairly against his client. Tobias denied Miller's request, saying he was confident an impartial jury could be found in San Benito County. [Source article here]

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