APR’s Top 5 Under-reported stories of 2016

December 29, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the past year, APR has broken a number of prominent, statewide stories.

While many of those have been picked up by other news outlets – some of them lifted nearly verbatim from APR’s website without attribution – a few stories have gone almost unnoticed and with little follow-up from more traditional outlets.

These stories are important and involve millions of dollars of taxpayer money, abuses of power and manipulations of the systems meant to ensure law and order and justice in the state. Read More

Collier Says Impeachment Investigation is a Joke

September 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Tens of thousands of the people’s tax dollars are being spent to fund a special counsel, hired specifically to investigate the possibility of impeaching Governor Robert Bentley.

APR has spoken with several of the people who have been interviewed, and they say the investigators seem more interested in exonerating the Governor, rather than gathering evidence to impeach him.

Those who spoke with APR for this report, prefer to remain anonymous except for the State’s former law enforcement Chief, Spencer Collier.
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Hubbard Trial: Day One

May 25, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—On day one of the State of Alabama vs. Michael G. Hubbard, there were no fireworks, but there was some insight into the days ahead, and a little more backstory on the 23 counts of felony corruption for which Hubbard stands accused.

Those notable in attendance included Rob Riley, Rep. Pebbling Warren, Rep. Barry Moore and attorney Baron Coleman.

The day began at 9:00, with the jury being seated at 10:00. The Attorney General’s Special Prosecution Division Chief, Matt Hart, gave opening statements for the Prosecution.
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State Seeks to Keep False Arguments Out of Hubbard Trial

April 28, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The State has filed a Supplemental Brief in support of its motions in limine in the felony public corruption trial of Speaker Mike Hubbard.

According to the Criminal Law Bulletin, Volume 46, Number 2. “Most commonly, motions in limine are used to strike at objectionable evidence that may be highly prejudicial. If the opponent waits until trial, and the evidence comes out of a witness’s mouth before the court can rule on an objection, a limiting or curative instruction may be insufficient to undo the damage.”
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Too Big To Try?

April 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

British Prime Minister William E. Gladstone is credited with saying, “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

Once again, Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is charged with committing 23 felony acts of public corruption, has asked for a continuance, and it appears Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker, III, may, once again, grant Hubbard’s wishes.

The State’s case against Hubbard is not as complex as his attorneys J. Mark White, Lance Bell and now, Bill Baxley, have been claiming. The crimes Hubbard is accused of committing are based on simple, easy-to-understand laws, laws that Hubbard himself championed and voted to pass.
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Hubbard Hearing: Confusion, Concerns, Possible Continuance

April 21, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The pretrial hearing on Wednesday in Mike Hubbard’s felony criminal case was confusing and troubling. At issue before the court were the State’s motion on Rule 404(b), seven Motions in limine, and the admissibility of evidence. Judge Jacob Walker, III, was ready, the State was ready, but Hubbard’s attorney Bill Baxley claimed he didn’t know the hearing was about those matters and was not prepared to address them.
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Timeline to Scandal

April 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Many questions remain about the steps which have led to the statewide scandal now engulfing Governor Bentley’s Administration.

Why did Baron Coleman, once a fierce critic of Speaker Mike Hubbard, come to his aid?

Why were Gov. Bentley and his senior advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, so adamant that ALEA Chief, Spencer Collier not provide an affidavit stemming from Coleman’s actions?

Currently, there are more questions than answers as to why Gov. Bentley and Rebekah Mason “punished,” and ultimately fired ALEA Chief Spencer Collier.
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Ball Claims Political Suppression

April 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former law enforcement officer/turned politico, State Rep. Mike Ball (R-Huntsville) testified last October that a phone call from Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart was proof of prosecutorial misconduct, in the Speaker Mike Hubbard felony case.

Ball was represented during his testimony before Judge Jacob Walker III, by former Attorney General Bill Baxley. Last month on Huntsville radio, Ball claimed not only was Hart guilty of prosecutorial misconduct, but he had also tried to suppress Ball’s political activities. Ball voiced these newly found concerns only after his attorney (Baxley) became Hubbard’s lead counsel in early March. This is not the first time a Baxley client has testified to prosecutorial misconduct, to later be disgraced.
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Collier Reportedly Met with FBI

April 1, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Thursday, WSFA reported that former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Chief Spencer Collier, met with agents under the authority of US Attorney for the Middle District, George Beck. Scant details of the meeting are known at this time, but it is believed that in recent days, Beck’s office has been gathering information concerning a number of issues surrounding the Bentley Administration.

Reportedly, the FBI is looking into the firings at ALEA, the closing of criminal investigations, the use of NCIC and FETS to target enemies, and Bentley’s relationship with his now former senior advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason and her husband, Jon. Bentley’s order to lie and not provide an affidavit to the Attorney General, in relation to the Speaker Mike Hubbard criminal case, is also believed to be of interest to the US Attorney, as well as Bentley’s 501(c)4.
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No Prosecutorial Misconduct, Hubbard Motion Denied

March 30, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—For over 18 months, Speaker Mike Hubbard and his criminal lawyers have accused the State of Prosecutorial Misconduct in its investigation and indictment of Hubbard. They enlisted an army of media hacks, talk show bullies, politicos and PR specialists to persuade, not only the trial judge, but also the public, that the State’s Attorney General’s Office had engaged in a corrupt prosecution of Hubbard, who is charged with 23 felony counts of public corruption.
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