LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – Thursday morning Judge Steven Haddock denied former Limestone county judge, Doug Patterson’s request to throw out his criminal charges.
This comes after Patterson’s attorney, Chuck Warren, filed a motion to dismiss the charges in his criminal case in March.
According to court filings, the defense claimed there was “undue influence” during the grand jury proceedings that led to his indictment.
This week, the defense withdrew its motion to dismiss.
But in a filing Wednesday Judge Haddock denied the withdrawal, and in the hearing Thursday he formally dismissed the request with prejudice. Meaning the defense is barred from raising the same motion again in the future.
Patterson was not present in court.
The former judge was indicted and arrested in December 2019. He resigned his judgeship in July of this year.