New filing claims Bentley used State resources to destroy a political enemy

December 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It should come as no surprise that former top law enforcement officer Spencer Collier is filling in the blanks on fictitious defendants in his defamation and wrongful termination suit against Gov. Robert Bentley, Rebekah Caldwell Mason the Governor’s alleged lover, Mason’s husband Jon and a host of others.

What is consequential in the filing is Collier showing the pattern and practice of Bentley using State personnel and resources to damage a political enemy personally and professionally.
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Nixonian plots, half-wit schemes

November 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The scheme to defame the State’s former top law enforcement officer, Spencer Collier, is very similar to the New Jersey “Bridgegate” trial that has seen two of Governor Chris Christies’s allies convicted of using state resources and personnel for political retribution.

Now, an investigation by Senators Gerald Dial and Quintin Ross has discovered that a “dirty tricks” operation used State assets and employees to derail the election of Dr. Craig Pouncey as Alabama’s school superintendent in much the same way.
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Taxpayers on Hook for Bentley, Stabler High Powered Attorney

May 24, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former “Top Cop” Spencer Collier is suing Governor Robert Bentley, Stan Stabler (Collier’s replacement), and others in a civil lawsuit.

Bentley and Stabler are being represented by John Neiman from the Birmingham-based law firm, Maynard Cooper & Gale.

The pair are being sued personally, and not in their official capacity as Governor or ALEA Chief. So, why are taxpayers on the hook to pay Bentley and Stabler’s high-dollar defense attorney?
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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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ALEA Chief Responds to Accusation: Story is Planted

March 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In response to an al.com report once again insinuating that Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Secretary Spencer Collier or his staff had misappropriated State funds or resources, Collier issued a statement calling out reporter Chuck Dean, Governor Robert Bentley’s chief advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason, Acting ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler, SBI Director Gene Wiggins and Stabler’s public information officer, Anna Morris.

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Collier accuses Dean of being a personal news outlet for Mason saying, “ I will be damned if I will let you, Rebekah Mason, Stan Stabler (an outright racist), Gene Wiggins or Anna Morris drag my name through the mud, and hurt my family. I promise, there is much more to come.”
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Judge Walker Issues Late Night Order on Coleman Tapes

March 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Despite Baron Coleman’s assurances to Judge Jacob Walker III, that he would not release taped conversations between he and Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart, the judge issued a protective order barring him from disseminating them publicly, then hours later he issued an amended version which included Coleman’s statements to the court in a closed hearing.

Coleman told the court he secretly recorded conversations between he and Hart and that he “put two and two together,” and now claims the tapes may show prosecutorial misconduct in the felony case against Speaker Mike Hubbard.
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Insiders Claim Governor Asked Chief Lawman to Lie to Attorney General

March 3, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Politcal Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Insiders privy to meetings between Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier and Gov. Robert Bentley claim, the Governor asked Collier to tell the State’s Attorney General’s Office that an investigation into Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart was on going, when it was not.

Bentley’s conversation with Collier was due to an investigation into allegations made by attorney and radio host, Baron Coleman, that he concluded that Hart had improperly share Grand Jury information with him. This resulted in an affidavit from Collier and Special Agent Jack Wilson, stating the Coleman allegations against Hart had no merit.
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Monday Massacre at ALEA

March 1, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— Firings at the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) are being seen as an attempt, by Gov. Robert Bentley, to cover-up the events surrounding his ordering Law Enforcement Chief Spencer Collier not to cooperate with the Attorney General’s Office in a criminal investigation.

On Monday, sources with intimate knowledge of the firing confirmed that JT Jenkins, ALEA’s second-in-command; John “Hal” Taylor; Jay Howell; Camilla Gibson; and Collier’s personnel assistant, Merritt Hayes, were fired from ALEA. Also, Special Agent Jack Wilson was transferred from his post.
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Hubbard’s Devilish Audaciousness Snares More Victims

February 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In states across our nation, elected officials indicted on serious crimes are forced to step down from their leadership rolls in order to prevent them from using their position to fight the state’s justice system.

Nothing has hindered the devilish audaciousness of the State’s Speaker of the House in his attempt to forestall justice.

Speaker Mike Hubbard, who was indicted on 23 felony counts of public corruption, was given a pep rally after his indictment. Gov. Robert Bentley, who has portrayed himself as a moral leader, demurred when Hubbard was arrested and as of late has become another pawn in Hubbard’s perverse strategy.
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Williams, Henry Deny Seeking Democrat’s Support

January 29, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— Two Republican State Representatives deny accusations they were recruiting Democrats in an effort to oust Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Rep. Phil Williams (R-Madison) hasn’t made a secret of his campaign to replace Hubbard, neither has Rep. Ed Henry (R-Hartselle) denied his support for Williams.

phil-williamsChuck Dean (al.com) recently reported, “The effort by some Republicans to oust House Speaker Mike Hubbard has them crossing party lines, seeking the votes of Democrats and offering their old political rivals incentives to help them unseat one of the most influential Republicans in the State.”
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