On Thursday, March 14, 2024, WAAY31 reported that prosecutors from the Alabama Attorney General’s office had rejected claims by indicted Judge Gilbert P. Self that a perjury charge against him was too vague.

Judge Self, of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in Lauderdale County, Alabama, was indicted in January 2024 on charges of misusing over $50,000 in public funds for personal expenses and trips. According to a report by AbusiveDiscretion, the indictment alleges Judge Self improperly spent money from April 2020 through February 2023 on items like vacations, alcohol, furnishings for his home, and salary for his son who served as his law clerk.

The judge is accused of reimbursing himself from court funds for trips to locations such as Montana, Michigan, Florida, and Nevada when the prosecution alleges he did not actually attend required judicial conferences and events. He was also charged with making false statements to state examiners during an audit and lying under oath to a grand jury.

After being indicted, Judge Self’s defense attorneys filed a motion claiming the single perjury charge against their client was too vague, arguing they needed a more definite statement to adequately prepare his defense. However, prosecutors pushed back on this claim in a motion filed on Thursday.

The assistant attorney general handling the case provided details from their investigators’ interviews with Judge Self last September to contradict his grand jury testimony. Prosecutors argued they had already disclosed relevant details to the defense through the discovery process.

If convicted, Judge Self faces a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment and $30,000 fines for each ethics violation charge, as well as up to 10 years in prison and $15,000 fines for the alleged false statements and perjury. As an indicted judge, he is currently prohibited from serving on the bench but continues receiving his salary.



Sorce: WAAY31