Alabama Supreme Court presides over sheriff’s impeachment

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court is holding an impeachment trial to determine whether a sheriff should be removed from office on grand jury charges of corruption and neglect of duty.

Sumter County Sheriff Tyrone Clark Sr. is being tried in the same Supreme Court chambers where justices normally hear appellate cases. His charges are not criminal; the penalty would be removal from office.

The Tuscaloosa News reports ( that among other things, Clark is accused of allowing an inmate held on drug trafficking charges to leave jail, return with contraband and avoid being searched.

Clark didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment before his trial began on Monday.

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