Bentley hearing over, ruling to come soon

MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - A court hearing over that lawsuit seeking to pull Robert Bentley's name off Tuesday's ballot has been concluded.  Judge Nicole Still says she will have a ruling soon, possibly before the day is over.

Former Birmingham City Councilman Jimmy Blake claims Bentley, the Republican nominee for governor, failed to disclose help from the Alabama Education Association in his runoff campaign with Bradley Byrne. Blake says Bentley broke state Fair Campaign practices and accepted over-limit campaign contributions.

The defense in the case says the judge has no jurisdiction in this matter and any question over Bentley's eligibility should be made in an election challenge filed after the vote.

Both plaintiffs, Blake and businessman Stan Pate, say they will file the election challenge if Bentley wins the election on Tuesday.

Attorney for the defense, Al Agricola, says he believe the case is frivolous and is an effort to get publicity.

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