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Court documents detail AG's case against Barron


Alabama's attorney general is getting more specific about his case against former state Sen. Lowell Barron. Barron is accused of violating state campaign laws in his losing re-election bid in 2010. He was indicted on six counts of ethics law violations and violations of the fair campaign practices act.

Now Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says he can prove Barron funneled money through a campaign worker named Rhonda Johnson.

In court documents released this week, Strange repeatedly said it doesn't matter if the relationship between Johnson and Barron was personal, or professional. He said the only thing his office has to prove is that the relationship was criminal.

Strange said in the documents he can prove there "was" a personal relationship between Johnson and Barron, as well.

The filing says Strange can prove that Barron and Johnson had extensive, after hours telephone contact and

-       Barron gave a substantial monetary gift to one of Johnson's family members.

-       Johnson got a $100,000 interest-free personal loan from Barron.

-       Barron and Johnson had overnight travel out of the state and the country where they shared a hotel room, and

-       witnesses told prosecutors they observed Barron and Johnson's relationship, and believe it was more than professional in nature.

Barron maintains the prosecution is politically motivated to prevent him from running for his Senate seat again next year and he says he's done nothing wrong.

The case revolves around a $6,000 Toyota Camry bought for Barron's campaign, and $52,000 from Barron's general campaign fund.

Strange said Barron gave the money and car to Johnson who, in turn, gave them back to Barron.    

Before these documents were released, Barron's attorney said the relationship between Barron and Johnson was professional.

The attorney didn't respond to requests for comment on this motion.

No trial date has yet been set.

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