Trial set for ex-judge charged with ethics violations

Sep 10, 2020


ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama judge indicted on charges of using his office for personal gain will go on trial Nov. 16. 

In setting a trial date for former Limestone County Judge Douglas Lee Patterson, a court said the calendar was “firm.”

Patterson was indicted last year on charges of using his position for personal gain, financial exploitation of the elderly and third-degree theft. He was accused of using his position as a district judge to steal $47,000 from a juvenile court fund. He was also accused of stealing from clients before he became a judge.

Patterson resigned in July but said his departure wasn’t an admission of guilt.