AG wants to block evidence in Barron trial

The state attorney general's office is asking an appeals court to keep a former senator from presenting evidence at trial about how other candidates have spent their campaign funds.{}{}{}{}Attorney General Luther Strange's staff argues that a DeKalb County judge ruled incorrectly that former Sen. Lowell Barron could introduce evidence about how other candidates, including the attorney general, customarily spend campaign funds.{}{}{}{}One of the charges against Barron and former aide Jill Johnson accuse Barron of paying her a $50,000 bonus from campaign funds so she could repay a $50,000 debt to him. Barron's lawyers want to show that the attorney general paid a campaign aide a larger bonus.{}{}{}{}Prosecutors say Barron has no evidence that any other candidate used a campaign bonus to put money in his own pocket.