Lawyer asks AG for documents related to Luther Strange, 35th Avenue Superfund site

October 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney David A Ludder, who is representing the environmentalist group GASP, is asking Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) to hand over documents that then AG Luther Strange (R) may have written or received concerning the controversial 35th Avenue Superfund site in North Birmingham.

As Attorney General, Luther Strange actively opposed a proposed expansion and prioritization of the 35th Avenue site, by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Federal Grand Jury indicts two lawyers and Drummond Vice President in conspiracy to bribe Oliver Robinson

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A Federal Grand Jury indicted two Birmingham lawyers and an Alabama coal company executive on charges of conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

The indictment charges that the three paid former state Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, who has already pleaded guilty, to take official action favorable to their interests in connection with preventing the expansion and prioritization of an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in North Birmingham.

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More corruption indictments expected Thursday

September 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama on Wednesday announced a noon press conference for Thursday.

According to his defense counsel, charges are expected tomorrow against Joel Gilbert, a partner at Birmingham law firm Balch & Bingham LLP, in connection legal services he provided his client the Drummond Company.

Former State Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, has pleaded guilty to bribery, corruption, fraud, and tax evasion in connection to his efforts to try to block the expansion of a North Birmingham EPA Superfund  site to include the neighborhoods of Tarrant and Inglenook.

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Former State Rep. Oliver Robinson pleads guilty in court, agrees to cooperate

September 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, former state Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, was in federal court where he pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a partner with Balch & Bingham law firm and an executive with the Drummond Company.

In exchange for payments to a foundation that Robinson ran, Robinson agreed to help fight expansion of an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in north Birmingham. The site was allegedly polluted over the course of decades by ABC Coke, which was acquired by Alabama based coal giant, Drummond Co. Expansion of the site would have cost ABC Coke and Drummond millions.
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APR stands by Rogers report

July 5, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

An article published by The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) has drawn fire from campaign operatives for freshman Senator Luther Strange and his attorney at his old law firm, Bradley Arrant.

An email containing a letter from Bradley partner Joseph B. Mays, Jr., was received by APR on June 30, in which he demands, “…removal and retraction of false and libelous statements in an article on your website titled, ‘Source: State Rep. Offered Superfund Bribe with Strange Present.'”
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Reaction to Oliver Robinson’s guilty plea

June 23, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 22, 2017, former State Representative Oliver Robinson (D-Birmingham) entered guilty pleas to Federal charges of fraud, bribery, corruption, and tax evasion.

Rep. Robinson resigned from the Alabama House of Representatives last year, claiming that there was a conflict of interest with his serving in the legislature and his daughter working for former Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R).

On Thursday the US Attorney’s office, the FBI, and the IRS claim that Robinson accepted bribes from powerful Birmingham law firm, Balch and Bingham for Robinson to advocate against expansion of a massive EPA Superfund site in Birmingham. Balch & Bingham client, Drummond Coal and its affiliate ABC Coke, would have potentially had to pay $millions to cleanup more neighborhoods in Birmingham.
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