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Appeals court issues order in Sen. Barron's case

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Barron (left) and campaign aide Jill Johnson had been set for trial April 14 in Fort Payne. Barron (left) and campaign aide Jill Johnson had been set for trial April 14 in Fort Payne.
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - An appeals court has given the state attorney general's office 14 days to show why its appeal shouldn't be dismissed in state Sen. Lowell Barron's criminal case.

The attorney general's office is appealing a trial judge's order that says it can't present evidence at trial about whether Barron and his campaign aide had a romantic relationship.

The Court of Criminal Appeals issued an order Thursday saying it appears the attorney general's office is attempting to appeal a non-appealable order, and it must show why the appeal should not be dismissed.

Barron and campaign aide Jill Johnson are accused of misusing $58,000 in campaign funds.

Barron says he would have already had his day in court if not for the appeal. The attorney general's office had no comment.

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