AG's Office Seeks to Block Evidence on Campaign Bonuses

Apr 22, 2014

The state attorney general's office is asking an appeals court to keep a former senator from presenting evidence at trial about how other candidates have spent their campaign funds.

Attorney General Luther Strange's staff argues that a DeKalb County judge ruled incorrectly that former Sen. Lowell Barron could introduce evidence about how other candidates, including the attorney general, customarily spend campaign funds.

One of the charges against Barron and former aide Jill Johnson accuse Barron of paying her a $50,000 bonus from campaign funds so she could repay a $50,000 debt to him. Barron's lawyers want to show that the attorney general paid a campaign aide a larger bonus.

Prosecutors say Barron has no evidence that any other candidate used a campaign bonus to put money in his own pocket.