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Head of the Alabama Law Institute receives national award for Bentley investigation

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The head of an Alabama agency received a national award today for his work related to the investigation of former Governor Robert Bentley.

Othni Lathram, director of the Alabama Legislative Services Agency, arrived in Boston this week to accept an award given by the National Conference of State Legislatures for his work in the investigation of Bentley.

He received the Special Commendation Award from the NCSL for going “above and beyond the call of duty.”

Kae Warnock, a policy specialist for the organization, said the award “speaks volumes about Mr. Lathram’s character, dedication and work ethic in his duties for the Alabama Legislature,” according to a press release.

Lathram assisted the House Judiciary Committee in their investigation into reports that Bentley misused campaign funds.

Bentley resigned from the governorship in April after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor campaign violation charges. He has since gone back to practicing medicine as a dermatologist.

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Lathram also serves as the director for the Alabama Law Institute which serves “to revise laws that are out-of-date and to fill in gaps in laws where there exist confusion,” according to their website.

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