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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Secretary of State turns over names of 674 people for illegal crossover voting

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, October 20, 2017, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill (R) announced that he was handing over the names of 674 voters who broke the state’s new law banning crossover voting to prosecutors.

Under the new law, it is a felony to vote in the runoff of the party other than the one that you voted for in the primary.  According to the Secretary of State’s office, 674 people voted in the August 15 Democratic Party primary for U.S. Senate and then voted in the September 26 Republican Party primary runoff.

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Ivey signs new sex offense Legislation

June 1, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 31, 2017, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) and Barry Matson, Executive Director of the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services, thanked Governor Kay Ivey for signing Legislation, SB301, that strengthens Alabama’s sex offense laws. The legislation was a joint proposal of the Attorney General’s Office and the Office of Prosecution Services, the State agency that provides resources to District Attorneys’ offices throughout Alabama.
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Roby Introduces Legislation to Make Use of Unsecured Private Servers Illegal

November 9, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, November 7, 2016, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) announced in an email newsletter to voters that she has introduced legislation that would make it a felony to be careless with national security information.

FBI Director James Comey has twice cleared Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for any criminal wrongdoing while she was Secretary of State. Whether or not the irregular practice of having a private email server maintained by people without national security clearance in her home to handle classified and top secret emails from the State Department was already illegal or not has been hotly debated.
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Trial Judge Wants Answers from Coleman

February 17, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—At the Tuesday hearing on the Hubbard felony case trial, Judge Jacob Walker III, peppered the proceedings with questions he wanted answered by Baron Coleman at a March 3, evidentiary hearing.

Judge Walker said he wants to know why, during his testimony on October 20, 2015, attorney and radio host Coleman said, “Simply put, I know nothing about the Grand Jury.” But in his recent affidavit stated, he had between 50 and 100 conversations with Matt Hart, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit concerning, “The Mike Hubbard investigation, and the Lee County Special Grand Jury.”
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Bill Calls for Indicted Leaders Suspension

February 15, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A group of 10 State Representatives have sponsored House Bill 220, which would, “automatically suspend a member of the Legislature who holds a leadership position from serving in that leadership position if the member is indicted for a crime that is a felony.”

The bill clarifies that the legislator would retain their position in the body as a member, but would forfeit any leadership roles. This is similar to the rules of the US House of Representatives, and other legislative bodies.
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Judge Addresses Constitutionality of the Alabama Ethics Act, Other Motions

February 3, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Judge in Speaker Mike Hubbard’s felony criminal case has issued further orders, as the clock ticks toward the March 28, trial in Lee County.

Late Tuesday afternoon, trial Judge Jacob Walker, III, addressed Hubbard’s motions to dismiss, because the Alabama Ethics Act is unconstitutional, and because he was the victim of Selective Prosecution. Judge Walker also ruled on Hubbard’s motion to dismiss because the Lee County Special Grand Jury had expired before his indictment.
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Judge Denies Hubbard’s Motion for Continuance

January 27, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Trial Judge Jacob Walker, III stated at Tuesday’s hearing, that he will not grant Speaker Mike Hubbard another continuance in his felony public corruption case. Judge Walker has ordered the trial to begin March 28, as scheduled. However, he did speculate that an appeal on pre-trial motions to a higher court might cause a delay.

This tactic was employed in the perjury case involving State Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise), in Which Moore’s attorney, Bill Baxley, filed a petition for Writ of Mandamus, appealing several pretrial motions, and asking the court to stay the trial. The writ was filed with the Court of Criminal Appeals, but was lifted to the State Supreme Court, in an agreement between Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge Mary Becker Windom, and Chief Justice Roy Moore.
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Hubbard’s Requested Continuance: Breakdown

January 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, on Friday, January 15, asked the court to continue his felony public corruption case until the fall, which would add as much as six months to a case that has already dragged on for over a year.

(See motion here.)

In the motion filed by Hubbard’s attorneys, Lance Bell, Blake Oliver and Phillip Adams of Adams White Oliver Short & Forbus, the defense argues they cannot be ready for the March 28, despite the fact that as of September 2016, these lawyers will have served as Hubbard’s attorneys of record for the last three years.
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Is Hubbard Trying to Avoid Forfeiture?

December 10, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Speaker Mike Hubbard, who has been indicted by the State on 23 felony counts of public corruption, is trying to sell-off assets that may be subject to State forfeiture laws.

The 2014 Act states, “Any property, proceeds, or instrumentality of every kind, used or intended for use in  the course of, derived from, or realized through the commission  of a felony offense, as defined in this act, or as inducement  or attempt or conspiracy to commit such offenses, is subject  to civil forfeiture.”
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