Fired Medford officer seeks reinstatement

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MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A former Medford police officer is trying to get his job back after a circuit court judge ruled he is entitled to the unemployment benefits he accrued after he was fired.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/pKUHCO ) a Jackson County Circuit Court jury found Joshua Danrich guilty of a single count of perjury in April.

But a judge ruled that Danrich did not have to repay the $12,800 he collected in unemployment benefits.

Danrich was fired from the department in January 2010. Officials say he lied in 2009 about receiving a distracting phone call from his girlfriend during a routine neighborhood check.

Danrich is appealing his perjury conviction. If he wins, he says he will seek an arbitration hearing to be reinstated on the police force.