Alabama judge pleads guilty to ethics violation, but will serve no jail time

Published 8:25 am Tuesday, October 29, 2019

An Alabama judge has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor ethics charges for appointing his son to handle matters for his own court.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports former Autauga County Probate Judge Al Booth entered his plea to one count of theft of services on Monday. The 75-year-old faced felony ethics violations, but a grand jury indicted him on misdemeanor charges instead.

Circuit Judge Ben Fuller suspended jail time and gave Al Booth 40 hours of community service and mandated he pay back the county and serve two years’ probation.

The indictment accused Al Booth of appointing his son to handle court matters for pay while he was the judge. The indictment says the son was paid less than $500 on each of four occasions.

Al Booth says the violation was unintentional.