Attorney General Troy King announced that the Alabama Supreme Court today denied certiorari review in the case of former Covington County Probate Judge Sherrie Phillips.
In declining to hear the case, the Court issued a Certificate of Judgment of Phillips’s conviction for felony theft and ethics violations prosecuted by the Attorney General last October.
Phillips’s appellate bond now requires her to surrender to the county sheriff within 15 days. Phillips faces two concurrent sentences of 10 years, which were split for her to serve three years incarceration followed by three years of supervised probation.
Attorney General King said, “It is appropriate that Sherrie Phillips begin to serve her prison sentence.
We are sending a strong message that no one is above the law.
This verdict proves that even judges who break the laws they apply are accountable for their actions.
My commitment to the people of Covington County and to citizens throughout Alabama is that, as their Attorney General, I will prosecute those who break the law and betray the public trust, and that I will take action to preserve the integrity of our government.
Today, we make good on that pledge”
Phillips was found guilty by a jury in Covington County Circuit Court on October 29, 2008.
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