Limestone judge faces ethics, financial exploitation charges
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.