AG loses on critical evidence rulings in case against Lowell Barron
Alabama Supreme Court rules in favor of Lowell Barron: 'This case should now be concluded,' Barron says | AL.com
AL.com reports: The Alabama Supreme Court ruled today against an appeal made by prosecutors in the case against former state Sen. Lowell Barron.
The ruling could be a prelude to the charges against Barron and co-defendant Rhonda Jill Johnson of Scottsboro being dismissed. ...
The court unanimously upheld two lower court rulings on evidence that could be presented at the trial of Barron and Johnson that prosecutors from the state attorney general's office said was critical to their case. ...
The AGs office focused on three aspects of a ruling by DeKalb County Circuit Judge Randall Cole, the trial judge, for its appeal:
- Cole said comments Johnson regarding a romantic relationship with Barron to a reporter of a Montgomery-based blog could not be introduced at trial, which is an element of motive.
- Cole said prosecutors cannot introduce evidence of a romantic relationship between Barron and Johnson, which the state said would be a demonstration of motive and intent.
- Cole said Barron can provide testimony and evidence from other politicians to discuss how campaign funds are spent, ruling against a motion filed by the state.