- Associated Press - Saturday, October 14, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Ethics Commission has found probable cause that Cullman County District Court Judge Kim Chaney violated the state ethics law by appointing his son, an attorney, to criminal cases.

Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Albritton says the commission’s decision refers the matter to the state attorney’s general office.

Al.com reports Chaney’s attorney, Lance Bell, said in a statement that they’re confident Chaney will be exonerated.

The commission found probable cause that Chaney violated a state code, which says, in part, that public officials cannot use their offices to benefit themselves or a family member.

Chaney has been a district judge in Cullman County since 1993.

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