Former Senator-Trial

An indicted former state senator accused of making improper payments to a campaign aide files court papers citing the state attorney general's payments to a campaign staffer. Former Democratic Senator Lowell Barron filed the court papers in Fort Payne in advance of a court hearing on Friday. The filings cite $354,548 in payments that State Attorney General Luther Strange made to campaign aide Jessica Garrison or companies affiliated with her after his 2006 race and before and after his 2010 victory. Strange is currently fighting a subpoena ordering him to testify at Barron's trial. The attorney general contends there is no compelling need for his testimony. The AG's office handled the investigation that resulted in an indictment last year accusing Barron of improperly diverting $58,000 in campaign funds to aide Rhonda Jill Johnson.


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