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Trial of state Sen. Don Balfour continues

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ATLANTA (AP) - A former Democratic governor has taken the stand in the trial of a suspended Republican state lawmaker.

During his testimony Tuesday, Roy Barnes said he's known Republican state Sen. Don Balfour to be a man of integrity, although the two had political differences.

Balfour is accused of illegally claiming legislative expense pay and double-billing the state and his private employer. Opening statements in the trial began Monday after a jury was selected.

Balfour, of Snellville, has been charged with 16 counts of making a false certificate, one count of theft by taking and one count of false statement and writing.

The trial is being heard in Fulton County Superior Court, and Balfour is expected to testify.

The jury hearing the case could begin deliberations as soon as Wednesday.

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