On Tuesday, February 6, 2024, News 19 reported that Retired Judge Tim Jolley had been appointed to preside over the case of Lauderdale County Circuit Judge Gilbert Self, who was recently indicted on charges related to misuse of public funds. Judge Self was indicted last month on charges of using his office for personal gain, making false representations to state auditors, and perjury.

The charges stem from Judge Self’s behavior and actions from April 2020 through February 2023 while serving as presiding judge in Lauderdale County. According to the indictment, Judge Self improperly used over $50,000 in public funds to employ his son and made various personal purchases with county money, including a sofa, framing of his son’s college diploma, alcoholic beverages from a hotel, prescription eyeglasses, and trips that he did not actually attend.

If convicted, Judge Self faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $30,000 fine for each of the 16 counts in the indictment related to violating ethics law. He could also receive up to 10 years in prison and a $15,000 fine for making false statements to examiners and perjury. Judge Self has maintained his innocence, acknowledging mistakes were made in the accounts he managed but saying he did not intend to break any laws. He reimbursed all money in question.

Judge Tim Jolley was selected to preside over the case by Alabama Chief Justice Tom Parker. Jolley has over 18 years of experience as a circuit judge in Marshall County and has served in other cases appointed by the state Supreme Court since retiring in 2017.



Source: News 19