Judge denies former sheriff’s request for new trial

Trial Gavel Sentence

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – A judge has denied former Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely’s request for a new trial as he seeks to overturn his conviction on theft and ethics charges.

Judge Pam Baschab denied the request Saturday. Blakely was convicted of taking no-interest loans from a jail fund that held prisoners’ money and of stealing $4,000 from his campaign account.

His lawyer argued in court filings that there were multiple legal errors at the trial, including closing the courtroom for a day during jury selection.

Such new trial requests are rarely granted by the trial judge, but mark the start of an appeal.

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9/14/2021 11:54:12 AM (GMT -5:00)

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