Thu August 5, 2004
Ethics Commission Asks AG to Investigate State Senator
By Alabama Public Radio
Montgomery, AL – A state senator is under fire for her decision to get state tax money for a program that employed her sister and brother. The case concerns 107-thousand-dollars that Sundra Escott directed from a discretionary fund under her control to the community outreach program at Jefferson State Community College. 35-thousand dollars of that money went to the program her sister and brother worked. The State Ethics Commission found probable cause to believe Escott may have violated the state ethics law, and it has asked Attorney General Troy King to review the matter and take it to a grand jury if necessary. Escott says she's done nothing wrong and plans to ask the commission to reconsider her case when it meets again in two months. King says he hasn't seen the case and cannot comment on it.