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Mitchell Sheriff Can Keep His Job

Posted September 5, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— The Mitchell County sheriff is going to be able to keep his job, but not without first getting a sharp lecture.

Sheriff Vernon Bishop was accused of abusing his authority by asking his deputies to tape record the private telephone conversation of a high school football coach whom he believed was homosexual.

The coach ended up quitting. Yesterday a judge refused to take the Sheriff's job away but did give him a good finger-wagging about respecting the law.