- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley’s nonprofit group wants out of a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by the governor’s former law enforcement secretary.

The Alabama Council for Excellent Government filed a motion Tuesday seeking to be dismissed as a defendant in the civil case. Former Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier filed a lawsuit against Bentley and his former political adviser Rebekah Mason accusing them of defamation and orchestrating his dismissal.

The lawsuit also named the nonprofit group, which paid Mason, as a defendant.

A lawyer for the group said there was no accusation against the nonprofit so it should be dismissed from the case.

Collier accused Bentley of having an affair with Mason. The governor admitted to inappropriate conversations but denied a sexual affair.

Bentley has also asked to have the case dismissed.

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