- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A major ethics prosecution will continue now that the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission has given the judge the option to stay on the case.

The decision means former state education official Deann Stone could go on trial next month.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick has the ethics case against Stone. She’s charged with routing federal stimulus money to her family.

The case is being prosecuted by the Alabama attorney general’s office, which asked Hardwick to step aside. The state also is prosecuting the judge’s son on an unrelated attempted murder charge and said the judge could be biased.

The Montgomery Advertiser (https://on.mgmadv.com/1qKgaYA ) reports the judicial commission has said the judge doesn’t have to quit the ethics case, and Hardwick will keep it.

The trial is set to start Sept. 29.

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Information from: Montgomery Advertiser, https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com

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