(LibertySociety.com) – Judges are supposed to be the people who walk between a civilized society and lawlessness. They’re the men and women who uphold the laws of the land. But what happens when one of those justices is dirty?
On Tuesday, December 8, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced a former district judge will serve at least four years in prison. The sentence came more than a month after former judge Douglas Lee Patterson pleaded guilty to three felony counts. He admitted to financial exploitation of senior citizens, using his office or position for personal gain, and property theft.
Douglas Lee Patterson, a 38-year-old former district judge in Limestone County, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in October to three felony charges#DouglasPatterson #Alabama https://t.co/PutbgF5KUw
— Realtalktimenews (@Realtalktimenow) December 9, 2020
Patterson was sentenced to 16 years for the crime against seniors and the ethics violations. The sentence is going to be split between four years in prison and six years on probation. If he violates the terms of his parole, he will have to serve the remainder of the 16 years. He was also given two years for theft, but it will run concurrently to the other sentence.
So, what happens when the person who should uphold the law breaks it? He goes to prison like a common criminal.
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