Ex-sheriff can't escape legal bills

The Associated PressApril 19, 2009 

— The former North Carolina sheriff convicted of taking bribes from gambling machine operators will be spending his state pension on legal bills.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Saturday that a federal judge on Friday rejected Bobby Medford's claim that he didn't have to pay $260,000 in legal bills because he is appealing his case.

Medford was convicted last year after accusations that he accepted more than $300,000 in bribes from illegal gambling operators as sheriff of Buncombe County.

Medford, 63, is serving a 15-year sentence at a federal prison in North Carolina.

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