Ala. councilwoman accepts plea deal in ethics case

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham councilwoman Lashunda Scales has accepted a plea bargain clearing her of felony charges, allowing her to avoid jail time and sparing her automatic removal from office.

Scales was indicted June 4 and is accused of using her position for personal gain and to influence voters.

AL.com (http://bit.ly/16jJ09Z ) reported Thursday that Scales' four felony charges were reduced to two and downgraded to a violation and a misdemeanor.

As part of the deal, Scales pleaded guilty to interfering with an elector and unintentional use of public equipment.

Among other things, Scales was accused of trying to prevent someone from voting on a city bond referendum in October and using city pump trucks to remove water from a lot where a for-profit event was being hosted.

Scales is ordered to serve probation.

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Information from: The Birmingham News, http://www.al.com/birminghamnews




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