Doug Jones makes appeal to students on college affordability

November 28, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Doug Jones will need the support of college students across the state to win the special election next month, and the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate made an appeal Monday night to organizers and college voters to get out the vote.

On a conference call with Alabama college students Monday night, which came after he made a campaign stop at the University of Alabama Birmingham earlier in the day, Jones appealed to would-be supporters on college affordability, access to education and healthcare.

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State responds to Hubbard appeal: “Hubbard sold his office to benefit himself”

July 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard – facing four years in a State penitentiary – is another step closer to finding out if he will actually serve that sentence.

But prosecutors from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office showed in a brief filed Monday that they are no more willing to go soft on him now than they were when he was convicted of 12 felony ethics charges last year.

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In-depth: Former House Speaker files written brief in appeals case

May 25, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN — Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard and his team of attorneys have filed their opening brief with the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, taking the first major step in the appeals process as his defense team works to overturn his 12 felony ethics convictions.

Hubbard’s defense attorneys argue in the new brief that prosecutors from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office used an overly broad interpretation of State ethics laws to get Hubbard convicted by the jury. They say he should be acquitted of the charges.

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Roy Moore maintains innocence even after court rules against him

April 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, April 19, 2017, suspended Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore (R) had intended to chastise the Special Supreme Court for not deciding his case; but 45 minutes before the scheduled press conference in the old Alabama Supreme Court room in Alabama’s 1859 Capitol complex, the Court released its’ ruling upholding the Chief Justice’s suspension by the Court of the Judiciary (COJ).
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Mike Hubbard’s appeal trial may soon move forward

April 3, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

AUBURN — Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s criminal appeals trial may soon move forward after Lee County Circuit Clerk Mary Roberson filed a long-awaited court record last week.

Roberson filed the court record, which includes all motions, orders and trial transcripts, on March 29 after several months of delays. The record totaled in at more than 7,800 pages, according to court documents.

Hubbard first filed his notice of appeal in October, but the process has been on hold pending the completion of the court record. The Circuit Clerk had previously noted that the filing would be “voluminous.”

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Suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore asks to cancel oral arguments

February 23, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has asked the Special Supreme Court tasked with hearing his appeal to expedite his case and decide his appeal on previously filed briefs.

In a motion filed Wednesday, Moore’s attorneys asked the Court to waive oral arguments and consider the appeal on its merits. Oral arguments were previously set for April 26, 2017.

Moore argues that the scheduling of oral arguments in April presents a great financial hardship for him and his family.

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Hubbard appeal filing deadline extended again

February 1, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics conviction appeal has been delayed again.

On Monday, the Lee County Circuit Court asked for another time extension of 28 days to allow the Court Circuit Clerk to file the Court Record of Appeal. The Court of Criminal Appeals granted the extension Tuesday, giving the Lee County Circuit Court until March 1 to submit the record.

Hubbard’s case involves twelve felony ethics guilty charges, and, according to the Court documents, consists of “well over 550 filings” including motions, orders and other documents.  Circuit Clerk Mary Roberson said the filing will be “voluminous.”

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The shape of things to come?

December 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Several decisions over the next few weeks and months could significantly affect Alabama’s future for generations. Among these are, the appointment of Senator Jeff Sessions’ replacement, the Special Supreme Court’s ruling in Chief Justice Roy Moore’s appeal and the findings of the Montgomery Grand Jury concerning Governor Robert Bentley.

Bentley is publicly holding casting-calls to find Sessions’ replacement upon his confirmation as US Attorney General. From a novice State representative to Chief Justice Moore himself, Bentley is parading potential candidates around like beauty pageant contestants. Each day the press publishes an ever-expanding list of hopeful nominees. It seems more like a charade than a selection process. Identifying the next junior Senator from Alabama is serious business, with little in common with the spectacle it now seems to have become. Perhaps, Bentley is using the Senate interviews to line up support for the billion dollar prison bill he plans to push in a special legislative session. Perhaps it is simply to hide his real intentions. With this Governor, the only thing you know for sure is that you don’t know.
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JIC’s bogus, twisted excuses for denying records in Moore case

December 21, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Special Alabama Supreme Court appointed to hear the appeal of Chief Justice Roy Moore suspension on December 7, sent an order to the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) giving them fourteen days to show cause as to why the Motion to Intervene and Unseal filed by The Alabama Political Reporter should not be granted.

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The JIC on Monday, December 19, answered the court, claiming it had a constitutional mandate to keep all records confidential. So insistent on this position under the State’s 1901 Constitution, they cited the provision no less than five times.
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Seven Judges Appointed to Hear Moore’s Appeal

November 1, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 31, 2016, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) signed Executive Order Number 25. This Executive Order names, as Associate Justices, the seven judges who will constitute the Special Supreme Court that will hear the appeal of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore (R).

The complete list of the seven judges to hear Chief Justice Moore’s appeal include: H. Edward McFerrin, Robert G. Cahill, William R. King, John D. Coggin, Ralph A. Ferguson Jr., Lynn Clardy Bright, and James H. Reid Jr.
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