Former Gallatin County deputy wants charge dropped
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) -- A former Gallatin County sheriff's deputy charged with
mistreatment of a prisoner has asked the charge be dismissed because he's been
denied his right to a speedy trial.
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that attorneys for 59-year-old Thomas
Madsen filed the motion Thursday in Gallatin County District Court.
The state attorney general's office filed the charge in early September. Gallatin
County filed the same charge in March 2011, but District Judge Holly Brown
dismissed it in June, ruling it was a conflict of interest for the county attorney to
pursue the case.
An affidavit alleges Madsen put his hand around a 17-year-old girl's neck and
pushed her against a wall in an interview room. Madsen resigned soon after.
Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle