Duran’s attorney, Erlinda Johnson, also argues in her District Court motion that the required speaking engagements threaten Duran’s life, citing Web postings suggesting that Duran should be executed for public corruption, and asks that a judge also cut her required public service hours – which are in addition to the talks – from 2,000 to 1,000.
Attorney General Hector Balderas, who prosecuted the case against Duran, said in a statement Friday that his office opposes the motion for leniency “and will file a response with the court citing our reasons for opposition.”
Duran was sentenced Dec. 14 to 30 days in jail – which she has served – followed by five years of supervised probation. Under a plea agreement that she accepted, she also is required to make four public appearances per month at schools and before civic groups over three years. Duran has to complete the 2,000 hours of community service and pay nearly $28,000 in fines under terms imposed by Judge T. Glenn Ellington.