Jury finds Alabama lawmaker not guilty of perjury
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – Jurors have found Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise not guilty of charges of perjury and giving false information.
Prosecutors had accused Republican Rep. Barry Moore of lying to a grand jury about comments he made to his 2014 primary opponent.
Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis said Moore told his 2014 primary opponent that the house speaker would withhold economic development funds unless he withdrew from the race. Moore later denied relaying the threat when he testified to grand jury.
However, defense lawyers contended that Moore told the truth to the grand jury. They said prosecutors were trying to exaggerate Moore’s statements that were captured in recorded conversations.