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Former State Senator Lowell Barron Pleads Not Guilty to Ethics Charges

Lowell Barron's mugshot.

Lowell Barron's mugshot.

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A former state senator has pleaded not guilty to six counts of violating state ethics law.

Former State Senator Lowell Barron (D), 71, was a power player in the Alabama Senate for several terms.  According to Attorney General Luther Strange, Barron and  former staffer Jill Johnson violated state ethics laws and the Fair Campaign Practices Act.

Baron and Johnson face six counts:

Count 1 charges Lowell Barron and Jill Johnson with violating State Ethics law by converting a $2,000 check written on the Barron for Senate campaign account to Jill Johnson, to personal use;

Count 2 charges Barron and Johnson with violating State Ethics law by converting a $50,000 check written on the Barron for Senate campaign account to Jill Johnson, to personal use;

Count 3 charges Barron and Johnson with violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act for improper use of excess campaign contributions for a $2,000 check written on the Barron for Senate campaign account, to Jill Johnson for non-campaign purposes;

Count 4 charges Barron and Johnson with violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act for improper use of excess campaign contributions for a $50,000 check written on the Barron for Senate campaign account, to Jill Johnson for non-campaign purposes;

Count 5 charges Barron and Johnson with violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act for improperly transferring campaign property, a 2007 Toyota Camry, to Jill Johnson for non-campaign purposes; and

Count 6 charges Barron and Johnson with violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act for improper use of excess campaign contributions for a $6,000 check written on the Barron for Senate campaign account, to Jill Johnson for non-campaign purposes.

The Attorney General’s office did not release more specifics.  Barron and Johnson face up to 20 years in prison and up to $30,000 in fines for each of the six counts if convicted.

Barron’s attorney issued a statement condemning Luther Strange and the charges shortly after Barron turned himself in.

Barron lost to current Republican state Senator Shadrack McGill in 2010.

View Barron’s not guilty plea here: Barron Plea



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