The 2021 criminal conviction of former Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely is threatened because the state judge presiding over the case may have had an inactive law license, according to reporting from Huntsville TV WAAY's Matt Kroschel.

Pamela Baschab, a retired judge appointed to the Blakely case, reportedly did not pay her dues to the state bar in 2021, which rendered her license inactive by the Alabama Bar Association.

Blakely was convicted by a jury of felony theft and felony ethics charges in 2021 and sentenced to serve 36 months in a Franklin County jail.

According to Kroschel, Blakely's attorneys have vowed to file a motion in court seeking an answer to the licensing question.

According to the Alabama Unified Judicial System's website, all "justices and judges, with the exception of judges of the probate courts, must be licensed to practice law in the state of Alabama."

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