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Limestone judge faces ethics, financial exploitation charges

Jurors have begun deliberations in the perjury trial of Representative Barry Moore from Enterprise.

The state attorney general's office says a north Alabama judge has been arrested on a charge that he misused his office for personal gain.

Limestone County District Judge Douglas Lee Patterson was arrested Thursday. The attorney general’s office said Patterson used $47,000 intended for juvenile court programs for his personal expenses. 

The attorney general's office said he also improperly took money when he served as a conservator for a nursing home resident and for another man.

Court records did not show if Patterson has an attorney representing him. 

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