Judge denies dismissal of former ALEA Secretary's lawsuits against Bentley, Mason

While a judge dismissed a wrongful termination case, several lawsuits Spencer Collier filed against former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley continue.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017 9:42 PM
Updated: Nov. 9, 2017 9:42 PM

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin has denied several motions by defendants, including former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, to dismiss lawsuits filed by former ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier.

The rulings, filed in circuit court Thursday, granted Governor Robert Bentley's motion to dismiss Spencer Collier's claims of wrongful termination. 

Collier's other cases against Bentley, along with former aide Rebekah Mason and three other defendants will move foward as Griffin denied those motions for dismissal. This includes three counts against Bentley for invasion of privacy, three counts of defamation and one count of conspiracy.

Collier was a key figure in the wide-ranging scandal involving the former governor, as he was the first to publicly accuse Bentley of having an affair with Mason. Bentley resigned April 10 after he pleaded guilty to two campaign finance violations after the Alabama Ethics Commission found probable cause that Bentley violated laws with how he handled the Mason affair.

Bentley argued to have these charges dismissed as he claimed immunity because of his position as governor, but the judge concluded that he is not entitled to it because these charges are based on conduct by the former governor outside of his duties at the time.

The judge also says the defendants did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Collier could prove these crimes occurred.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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