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ATHENS, Ala. (AP) -- A former Alabama judge indicted on charges of using his office for personal gain will go on trial Nov. 16, a court ruled.

In setting a trial date for former Limestone County Judge Douglas Lee Patterson, Judge Steven Haddock said the calendar was "firm" and no other jury trials would be scheduled for the same time, the Athens News-Courier reported.

Patterson resigned in July but said his departure wasn't an admission of guilt.

Patterson was indicted last year on ethics charges of using his position for personal gain, financial exploitation of the elderly and third-degree theft. He was accused of using his position as a district judge to steal $47,000 from a juvenile court fund.

While working as an attorney before he became a judge, the 38-year-old Patterson is accused of stealing thousands from an incapacitated veteran and a client who died.

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