Justice Parker loses bid to disqualify foe

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker has lost his legal effort to bump one of his opponents from Tuesday's Republican primary ballot.

Parker filed a suit contending votes for Birmingham attorney Eric Johnston shouldn't be counted because Johnston didn't file his financial disclosure statement on time. A specially appointed state Supreme Court ruled Friday that the courts don't have jurisdiction in the matter.

The court said Parker could have filed a challenge with the Republican Party, but he didn't. Parker also faces Tallassee attorney James Houts in Tuesday's primary.

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