BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Former Alabama Lt. Gov. George McMillan has been acquitted on bad check charges.

McMillan and an associate were charged with signing worthless checks worth more than $80,000 while he was operating the defunct City Stages music festival in Birmingham. The event filed for bankruptcy after that last festival in 2009.

But a district judge ruled Monday that McMillan shouldn't be held liable for the checks. She acquitted McMillan and the festival's executive director, Denise Koch, on misdemeanor charges.

McMillan says he regrets the way City Stages ended, but he says he is proud of his association with the festival.

McMillan is a Birmingham attorney who served as lieutenant governor for four years beginning in 1979.


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