Senator Charged In Phone Tapping

The state Senate majority leader was charged Friday with paying two men to bug the phone of his ex-wife, a high-ranking state official.

H. Truman Chafin intended to use the information “in connection with his pending divorce proceedings,” the federal indictment said.

His ex-wife, state Health and Human Resources Secretary Gretchen Lewis, declined to comment.

The couple has been involved in a bitter custody dispute over their young daughter.

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