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AL Ethics Commission finds probable cause Gov. Bentley violated ethics laws

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) -

After an all-day meeting, the Alabama Ethics Commission found probable cause that Gov. Robert Bentley violated ethics laws. They have referred the case to the Montgomery County district attorney's office for further consideration and possible prosecution.

The Alabama Ethics Commission began their closed-door executive shortly after the meeting convened at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. They remained in executive session until about 7 p.m.

Bentley's criminal and general counsel attorneys arrived at the beginning of the ethics commission meeting.

Former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency secretary Spencer Collier and state auditor Jim Ziegler testified as witnesses. Collier had accused Bentley of misusing state funds in an alleged affair for former aide Rebekah Mason.

At least two other states ethics officials were in attendance, including the ethics commission director and the general counsel attorney for ethics.

The ethics commissions states they interviewed more than 45 witnesses and analyzed more than 33,000 documents during their investigation.

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