Hearing set as ex-Lee County district attorney tries to avoid jail
LEE COUNTY, Alabama (WRBL) – Former Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes is scheduled to appear in a Colbert County courtroom on November 9 for a hearing on his demand to avoid jail and move on his sentence in a community correctional program similar to probation.
The initial hearing was set for October 5 in Lee County, but was postponed due to a family emergency with one of the attendees. It is not yet clear why the hearing is not taking place in Lee County.
Hughes asks to participate in a community corrections program that allows him to stay at home instead of serving 10 months in jail. Hughes’ attorney accepted jail time in June when he stopped his trial after testimony began and agreed to plead guilty to an ethics violation and first degree perjury.
The Alabama attorney general’s office has charged Hughes with five ethics violations and perjury. Hughes spent $ 14,000 of taxpayer dollars to settle a sex discrimination complaint involving a former employee. The GA’s office is pushing for Hughes to spend time in jail.
Hughes has also been charged with illegally hiring his children to work in the DA office and conspiring to steal a vehicle from a Chambers County business using a Lee County search warrant.
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