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ALDOT director charged in relation to property dispute

A personal attorney for Cooper said the charges stem from a property dispute with his neighbor.

John Cooper

John Cooper, transportation director for the Alabama Department of Transportation, spent about 30 minutes in jail on Monday on a harassment charge in apparent connection to an ongoing property dispute with a neighbor.

George Barnett, an attorney representing Cooper in a personal capacity, said in a press release Monday evening that the charges stem from a dispute over the neighbor claiming an easement on Cooper’s property.

“This morning, Mr. Cooper directed me to file a complaint for declaratory judgment cause of action in Marshall County regarding a land dispute with a neighbor who is falsely claiming an easement on Mr. Cooper’s property,” Barnett said in the statement. “The clearest legal path to resolving this matter is to have the court determine whether an easement exists, and we look forward to resolving this matter.”

Cooper was released on a $500 bond. He has served as transportation director at ALDOT since 2011.

Jacob Holmes is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected]

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