Former Alabama senator responds to AG’s appeal

Alabama State Capitol
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Former state Sen. Lowell Barron and aide Jill Johnson are asking a state appeals court not to hear issues that the attorney general’s office has raised about their criminal case.

Barron and Johnson are charged with misusing $58,000 in campaign donations from Barron’s unsuccessful re-election campaign in 2010.

Attorney General Luther Strange’s staff has asked the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to block a judge’s ruling that would let Barron present evidence about how other candidates have spent campaign money.

The attorney general is also contending the judge abused his discretion by not ruling before trial on whether prosecutors can use Johnson’s grand jury testimony.

Barron’s and Johnson’s lawyers say the attorney general is making “a baseless attack” on the trial judge, Randall Cole, and the judge’s decisions should stand.

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