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The lead prosecutor on the case said no new charges are coming, but the case pointed out holes in Alabama's ethics laws.

Posted: Apr 4, 2018 2:14 PM
Updated: Apr 4, 2018 2:35 PM

There will be no other charges in connection with former Alabama governor Robert Bentley's ethics investigation.

The special prosecutor on the case, Ellen Brooks, said the special grand jury that was hearing evidence in the case was dissolved after a report issued Wednesday.

Bentley resigned last April after he pleaded guilty to two campaign finance violations. He was charged after the Alabama Ethics Commission found probable cause that Bentley violated laws with how he handled an alleged affair with an aide.

Brooks said other charges were recommended in the case but were not pursued either due to lack of evidence or because they concerned acts that were not illegal.

The grand jury did highlight some concerns in state ethics law that should be addressed, Brooks said. Among those concerns was that state ethics law covers spouses but not other possible love interests.

Other grand jury concerns included the law authorizing a governor to appoint the secretary of law enforcement, but not prohibiting the governor from getting reports on criminal investigations for illegitimate political purposes, and state law not prohibiting non-goverment personnel from performing the work of a public employee, while receiving payment from a private entity.

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