ethics violations



ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama judge indicted for stealing from clients has withdrawn a bid to have the charges thrown out. 

Special Circuit Judge Steven Haddock on Sunday signed an order dismissing the attempt to overturn the 2019 indictment against former Limestone County District Judge Doug Patterson. The order followed Patterson and his lawyer admitting in a court hearing last week that they were unlikely to prevail on their motion.


ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama judge accused of misusing court funds and stealing money from clients has resigned from his post. 

Former Limestone County District Judge Doug Patterson announced in a letter to the Alabama Supreme Court that he would be stepping down effective July 3. Patterson said the move shouldn't be viewed as an admission of guilt.

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama county commissioner who pleaded guilty to charges he spent campaign contributions on personal expenses will remain on the commission.

News outlets report state prosecutors initially charged Morgan County District 3 Commissioner Don Stisher with a felony for violating the state ethics law. A Morgan County grand jury indicted Stisher last month, but his charge was reduced to a misdemeanor because he says it wasn't intentional.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama official has been found guilty of using her position to get free trips, meals and jobs for her son.

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama judge has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor ethics charges for appointing his son to handle matters for his own court.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports former Autauga County Probate Judge Al Booth entered his plea to one count of theft of services on Monday. The 75-year-old faced felony ethics violations, but a grand jury indicted him on misdemeanor charges instead.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama judge who had a relationship with a female attorney has been found guilty of two ethics violations.

News outlets report a settlement between Chris Kaminski and the Judicial Inquiry Commission was formalized Tuesday in Montgomery. Kaminski resigned as Coffee County district judge July 16.

The commission says Kaminski improperly presided in cases involving the lawyer. It also says he improperly obtained courthouse surveillance video for personal purposes.

Appeals Court Upholds Hubbard Convictions

Aug 28, 2018
Hubbard trial
Todd J. Van Ernst

An appellate court has upheld most of the convictions against former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Yesterday, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed 11 of the 12 counts against Hubbard for ethics violations, including using his public office to drum up clients and investments for his businesses.

For years, Hubbard was one of the state's most influential Republicans, but his political career came to an end with his 2016 ethics conviction.