New rules due for Bentley articles of impeachment hearings

New rules due for Bentley articles of impeachment hearings

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - New rules in how hearings on Gov. Robert Bentley's articles of impeachment were due Monday, which means after months of work, the impeachment process may finally move forward. However, some lawmakers are doubtful the process will get underway.

Alabama lawmakers Craig Ford and Ed Henry both expressed serious doubts on the process moving forward. In fact, Rep. Ford says he expects the hearings to resemble more of a 'dog and pony show' than anything productive.

Gov. Bentley is accused of misusing state funds centered on his alleged affair with former staff member Rebekah Mason. The impeachment process, which has been months in the making, has been slowed by legislative hurdles.

Rep. Henry said he is frustrated with a process which has protected the governor, but says no matter what happens, the issues with Bentley are not going away.

"No, this will be his legacy." Rep. Henry said. "The legacy he leaves with the State of Alabama is total embarrassment, and whether he wants it to go away or not it isn't, and as such we are going to have to deal with it."

No date has been set for the hearings, but it's expected that the legislature will hire a lawyer to help with the process.

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