Alabama Senate moves to make “upskirting” illegal

February 9, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate on Thursday voted unanimously to pass a bill that would make a voyeuristic act known as “upskirting” a felony.

If passed by the House and signed into law, the legislation, sponsored by Sen. Clyde Chambliss, R-Prattville, would make it illegal for anyone to take a photo of a woman’s intimate areas by sneaking a phone under her skirt.

“It’s the beginning of the processes of justice for a lot of victims,” Chambliss said Thursday. “It’s a very emotional issue for them. They feel defiled, invaded, their privacy. It may be a public place, but we wear clothes to protect our privacy.”

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Jefferson County District Attorney indicted, suspended

January 16, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

BIRMINGHAM—Jefferson County’s incoming District Attorney has been indicted on felony perjury charges just days before he is scheduled to take office.

Charles Todd Henderson, who was a surprise winner over incumbent Republican candidate Brandon Falls in November, has already been sworn in and was set to take over as the new DA on Tuesday. But under State law, a felony indictment will result in Henderson’s automatic suspension until the case can be resolved.
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Brutal Alabama inmate beat-down goes viral on hip hop site

November 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

On a Hip Hop site which regularly features public fighting captured on video, music videos, and aggregate news content, a fight between two Alabama prison inmates can be viewed. It has already been seen by almost a million users and counting.

The 33-second video uploaded on November 12, 2016, by an individual using the name JaNay, captures a fight between a black inmate and a white inmate at an Alabama Correctional facility. The fighters are being cheered on by about half-a-dozen men, in what appears to be a TV room. The black inmate pummels the white inmate to the floor and then, in WWE parlance, lands a “Flying Elbow Drop.”
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Did Bentley Access Critic’s Medical Records?

May 9, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former members of Gov. Robert Bentley’s administration say the Governor is obsessed with his authority as Chief Magistrate. Bentley has been accused of ordering law enforcement agents to target critics, especially those who have exposed his relationship with former senior adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason. And now, it is believed, that there is at least one instance of a former associate’s medical records being violated, in order to launch a whisper campaign against that individual.
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Winston’s Law Passed By Legislature

February 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 23, the Alabama House of Representatives passed Winston’s Law which increases the penalties for abusing a child under the age of six. The Alabama Senate Republican Caucus had made passing this legislation one of their “Continuing Positive Progress” priorities for the 2016 Legislative Session.

Similar bills were passed in both the House and the Senate. On Tuesday, the House took up House Bill 8 sponsored by State Representative Paul Beckman (R-Prattville). Rep. Beckman substituted that bill for Senate Bill 23 sponsored by Senator Clyde Chambliss (R-Prattville) which had already passed the Alabama Senate.
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