Alabama Ethics Commission Finds Probable Cause Bentley Violated Ethics Laws

The Alabama Ethics Commission says there’s probable cause Gov. Robert Bentley broke state ethics law in connection with a scandal involving his former top aide Rebekah Mason.

The commission vote was 3 to 1, and one abstention. It released its decision following hearing that lasted more than 9 hours. Members went behind closed doors Wednesday to consider the matter. The commission also voted to refer the matter for possible prosecution.

The 74-year-old governor admitted personal mistakes after recorded phone calls surfaced of him making sexually charged remarks to a female aide. However, he maintains he did nothing illegal.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler filed an ethics complaint against Bentley accusing him of using state resources to pursue a relationship with the aide.

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