Alabama Governor Resigns

Robert Bentley pleads guilty to campaign finance charges
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 10, 2017 5:22 PM CDT
Alabama Governor Resigns
This photo provided Montgomery County Sheriff's office shows a booking mugshot of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday, April 10, 2017. Jail records show Bentley has been booked on two misdemeanor charges that arose from the investigation of alleged affair with a top aide.    (Uncredited)

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has resigned after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor charges of violating state campaign finance law, the AP reports. The attorney general's office announced the resignation Monday with a plea deal. Bentley was addressing the media Monday afternoon at the Alabama Capitol. Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey announced that she will be sworn-in this evening as Alabama's governor at 6pm. Bentley's voice began choking with emotion as he addressed reporters at the Alabama Capitol. He said he always tried to live up to the high expectations placed on the person who holds the esteemed office. He apologized for mistakes.

Alabama's Ethics Commission last week found probable cause that Bentley violated state ethics laws with his handling of an alleged affair and referred the case to prosecutors. Bentley was accused of misusing state resources to keep an alleged affair with a staffer from being exposed. (More Robert Bentley stories.)

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