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Former Clarke County sheriff charged with ethics violations

William Norris faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the numerous charges he’s facing.

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Former Clarke County Sheriff William Norris on Friday turned himself into the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on numerous charges related to using his office for personal gain. 

Clarke is charged with the unlawful use of campaign contributions, violating the Fair Campaign Practices Act, use of office for personal gain, violating the Statement of Economic Interest disclosure requirements, and income tax evasion, the Alabama Attorney General’s Office announced Friday.

Norris was released from custody on Friday. 

Norris resigned as sheriff in May 2021 after articles of impeachment were filed. 

“Attorney General Marshall’s Special Prosecutions Division presented evidence to a Clarke County grand jury, resulting in Norris’s indictment* on January 11. Specifically, the indictment charges Norris with five counts of the unlawful use of campaign contributions, two counts of intentionally violating Fair Campaign Practices Act reporting requirements, one count of use of office for personal gain, two counts of intentionally violating Statement of Economic Interest disclosure requirements, and one count of income tax evasion,” the state’s attorney general’s office said in a statement. “No further information about the investigation or about Norris’s alleged crimes other than that stated in the indictment may be released at this time.” 

Norris faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted. 

Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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