There’s nothing left to matter

December 5, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Nothing matters anymore.

Evidence. Facts. Credible allegations. Actual arrests and guilty pleas.

Nope. Negative. Lies. Fake news.

This is America’s motto in 2017: We believe what we want to believe, and dammit, that’s our right.

Which is true, I guess.

Stupid, but true.

Over the last few weeks, I have appeared on countless national TV news shows, as outlets from around the globe seek to get a better understanding of this magical state. They want to understand our voting habits, our beliefs, our feelings.

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$10,000 reward offered in murder of Crenshaw County man

June 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A year ago, 78-year-old Earl Cosby was murdered in his office. The family man and used car dealer was well known across Rutledge Alabama. The entire rural community was shocked by his sudden and tragic death. A year later and there still has not been an arrest.

Cosby’s family is hoping that the reward can encourage someone who knows something to come forward with information to help bring Cosby’s murderer to justice.
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There really is no alternative to the facts

January 25, 2017

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

“Alternative facts”? Really? What are those things?

Facts are facts, right? Facts are the truth, regardless of what others may wish they were. Just wishing the facts aren’t what one would hope doesn’t make them “alternative facts.”

I had a discussion with my older sister and her husband, Fox News devotees, during my last, and most likely final, visit with them.

As they sat on their couch, worshiping Fox News as President Obama was shown with his golf clubs, ready for a day on the course, my sister said something like: “There he is, going on another vacation.” Read More

Justice Moore’s Future Rests With Politically Appointed Court

September 29, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The fate of Chief Justice Roy S. Moore now rests with the Court of the Judiciary, an appointed body consisting of judges, lawyers, and private citizens. Those nine political appointees are Moore’s judge and jury and will return its verdict within ten days.

But perhaps Justice Moore’s indictment and subsequent trial belies a deeper question of about why the State grants a secretive commission comprised of political appointees with the power to indict an elected judge?
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What is Voir Dire?

May 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— Currently, a jury is being selected in Lee County for the felony public corruption trial of Speaker Mike Hubbard. Jury selection is commonly referred to as “striking a jury” because both the prosecution and the defense take turns arguing challenges for cause to disqualify certain potential juror. In “legalese” it is known as a voir dire from the French “to see, to speak,” and is pronounced (vwahr [with a near-silent “r”] deer).
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State Files Motion on Admissibility of Evidence

April 14, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Wednesday, the State filed a Motion for Pretrial Determination of Admissibility of Evidence in the Speaker Mike Hubbard case. In the motion, the State asks Judge Jacob Walker, III to issue an order before the trial, “determining that the State’s trial exhibits will be admissible evidence.”

In a motion filed in February, the Prosecution stated that they have provided “approximately 1,511 documents and corresponding index” as evidence against Hubbard, in order for pretrial preparation as required by the court. The Defense has yet to respond.
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State Will Introduce “Other Acts” In Hubbard Trial

April 11, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The State has given notice to the court that it plans to introduce other crimes, wrongs, or acts in the case against Speaker Mike Hubbard, under Rule 404(b).

Rule 404(b) “refers to ‘a crime, wrong, or other act’ and does not say that those other acts need ever have resulted in arrest, prosecution, or conviction or even be criminal,” according to a study made at Indiana University Law. The study states that under Rule 404(b), evidence may be admissible for any of nine other reasons, so as to show motive, opportunity, or intent.
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Mark White Says Hubbard is Innocent of All 23 Counts

June 25, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Wednesday, June 24, a hearing was held in Judge Jacob Walker III’s court room in Opelika in the case of the State of Alabama versus Mike Hubbard.  The lead defense counsel for the Mike Hubbard defense team, J. Mark White addressed the press following the ~28 minute hearing.

White, who was joined by noted Pell City criminal defense attorney Lance Bell, expressed confidence that Judge Walker would reduce the number of counts that Speaker of the House Hubbard is facing.
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