Closings set in Texas sheriff's retaliation trial

June 14, 2011 1:50:43 AM PDT
Attorneys are to make their closing arguments in the trial of a West Texas sheriff accused of retaliating against two whistleblowing nurses who complained about his physician friend. The arguments come Tuesday in the trial of Winkler County Sheriff Robert Roberts after his attorneys rested their case Monday.

Roberts is charged with two felony counts of misusing official information and retaliation, along with a misdemeanor official oppression count. Convictions could mean up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Dr. Rolando Arafiles Jr. complained to Roberts about the women, who uncovered their identities and sought their prosecution. Both women lost their jobs at Winkler County Memorial Hospital and were indicted. One was acquitted and charges against the other were dropped.

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