ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — The theft and ethics trial of a north Alabama sheriff has resumed with testimony about the state’s ethics law after a judge considered questions about a state witness who also is under investigation.
Ethics Commission lawyer Cynthia Raulston told jurors in Sheriff Mike Blakely’s trial about the law, which prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain.
Earlier, Judge Pamela Baschab refused to throw out testimony from another witness who was revealed as being under investigation after he took the stand on behalf of the state.
Blakely has continued serving as sheriff since being indicted in 2019 on multiple charges.
He would automatically be removed from office with a felony conviction.