Former judge, city native enters guilty plea

Published 2:07 am Thursday, October 13, 2016

A former Social Security Administration judge from Alabama pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft, obstruction, and accepting a gratuity charges related to having sex with a woman claimant at the federal courthouse in Tuscaloosa, reported.

Paul Stribling Conger, Jr.,73, of Akron, Ala., entered the plea in a hearing before U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Hopkins. She set Conger’s sentencing hearing for Feb. 1. He is a native of Andalusia.

Mark White, one of Conger’s attorneys, said this is a tragic situation as he has ever seen. “I don’t think I’ve seen a defendant that is more repentant,” he said.

White said he will present a number of character witnesses on Conger’s behalf at the sentencing hearing. “His entire lifetime stands in stark contrast to a mistake made on one day,” he said.