After the prosecution announced it was unable to proceed, a judge Wednesday dismissed a criminal case against a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy who was charged last year with filing a false police report.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge C.H. Rehm granted a defense motion to dismiss the case against Gregory Rodriguez, 36, following the prosecution’s announcement, according to defense attorney Vicki Podberesky.
Jurors had deadlocked 8-4 in favor of acquitting Rodriguez during his trial this summer on one count each of filing a false report and perjury by declaration.
“I think that the D.A. made the right decision in deciding not to pursue the case any further,” Podberesky said. “The evidence just wasn’t there.”
The prosecution alleged that Rodriguez falsely declared that a man had tried to open a rear passenger door of a patrol car to free two suspects in custody Aug. 23, 2012. The man was arrested that day based on Rodriguez’s report, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Rodriguez has been relieved of duty without pay, according to Podberesky.
–City News Service