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Lawsuit claims new GOP candidate did not file reports on time

The Huntsville Times (al.com) reports: Less than a week after an Alabama Republican Party committee selected Linda Coats to be the party's nominee for a Madison County district court judgeship, a group of lawyers has filed a complaint seeking Coats' disqualification.

Coats was selected last Saturday from a field of seven candidates after the original nominee, Chris Messervy, was disqualified for failing to file a campaign finance disclosure form on time. That complaint was filed by two Coats' supporters.

Under Alabama law, a candidate cannot be certified as a nominee or election winner if they fail to file financial disclosures on schedule. ...

The complaint alleges Coats did not file a statement of economic interests and a disclosure statement of financial interests with the clerk of the Alabama Supreme Court. The complaint notes that under the state's canons of judicial ethics, judge candidates are supposed to submit the filings within 10 days of qualifying to run for office. -- Read the whole story --> Lawyers file complaint seeking to have new GOP judge nominee Linda Coats disqualified | al.com

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