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Appeals court overturns Ala. ethics ruling.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The state Court of Criminal Appeals has overturned a lower court that decided Alabama's ethics law was unconstitutionally vague.

A Mobile County judge earlier this year threw out an ethics charge against former Bishop State Community College women's basketball coach Elston Turner, ruling the law is too broad. Turner was among more than two dozen people arrested in 2007 during a probe of financial aid at the school.

A lower court sided with Turner's defense in ruling against the law. Turner claims it's invalid because it doesn't require an intent to commit a crime.

But the appeals court sent the case against back to Mobile, reversing the earlier decision.

The judges say the law is not specific enough, and that Turner was accused of intentionally violating it.
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Publication:Community College Week
Geographic Code:1U6AL
Date:Jan 9, 2012
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