Trial begins for Judge Dan King

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - The trial starts Wednesday for Bessemer Cutoff Circuit Court Judge Dan King. King is charged with setting aside the conviction of a sex offender, Ronnie Ashford.

The complaint against King alleges that, while in private practice before becoming a judge, King represented Ashford and negotiated a plea deal for him. The complaint says Ashford's mother approached king to see if there was anything the judge could do to keep her son from having to register as a sex offender.    

The Judicial Inquiry Commission" says King handled the case improperly and failed to uphold the integrity of the judiciary.

King denies that he has done anything unethical.

The trial is scheduled to be held through Friday in the Alabama Supreme Court courtroom.

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