Trial of state Sen. Don Balfour continues

by AP


FILE - In this Friday, May 25, 2012, file photo, Senate Chairman of the Rules Committee, Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, talks with members of the media after qualifying on the last day of candidate qualifying in the House Chambers at the State Capitol in Atlanta. A trial is set to begin on Monday for Balfour who is accused of illegally claiming legislative expense pay and double-billing the state and his private employer for some expenses. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Jason Getz, File) MARIETTA DAILY OUT; GWINNETT DAILY POST OUT; LOCAL TV OUT; WXIA-TV OUT; WGCL-TV OUT

ATLANTA (AP) — The trial of a suspended state lawmaker is expected to continue Tuesday in Atlanta.

Republican state Sen. Don Balfour is accused of illegally claiming legislative expense pay and double-billing the state and his private employer. Opening statements in the trial began Monday after a jury was selected.

Balfour's attorney Ken Hodges has said his client is a dedicated public servant who made mistakes and didn't intentionally file false reports.

Balfour, of Snellville, has been charged with 16 counts of making a false certificate, one count of theft by taking and one count of false statement and writing.

The trial in Fulton County Superior Court is expected to last between two and three days, and Balfour is expected to testify.

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