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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Strange bedfellows: Big Luther hires associate of felon Hubbard

December 7, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange, sent a statewide press release officially announcing his run for the US Senate. The announcement was hardly a surprise in political circles, as Strange has made his desire to return to the hallowed ground of DC, and the Georgetown cocktail circuit no secret. Many agree he is a senator right out of central casting. But what was a surprise, was the identity of the individual who sent the press statement, who is also listed as the media contact for Strange’s Senate bid.
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Montgomery officer indicted for murder; victim’s family relieved

November 19, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Franklin Gunn was driving through Washington D.C. when he got the news that the Montgomery Police officer who shot and killed his unarmed brother has been indicted for murder.

“Oh, man, I really appreciate you calling me and telling me this – it really does restore my faith some in the system and the county down there,” Gunn said. “I’ve got to make a bunch of phone calls now.”
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Who Has the Moral Authority to Lead Ethics Reform?

September 19, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Even before former Speaker Mike Hubbard’s conviction on 12 counts of public corruption, due to criminal ethics violations, his minions were spinning a narrative that the laws, under which he was indicted, were hastily prepared and passed without question (merely a deceptive plan to cast doubt on his indictment).

To say that the 2010 ethics laws passed rapidly and without the body’s full understanding may be right, but to believe they were not conceived without purpose and understanding by those wrote them, is a lie.
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Who Will Be Served: Justice or the Powerful Political Elites?

July 7, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The sentencing hearing for Mike Hubbard will be held this Friday at 10:00 AM, in the court of Judge Jacob Walker, III. If Hubbard is treated differently than any other criminal, or if he is shown the slightest bit of deference because of his position, the peoples’ trust in law and State government will continue to be shattered.

When Hubbard was under investigation, a vast majority were convinced he would never be indicted because they believed a Republican controlled Attorney General’s Office would never indict one of their own. Once indicted, Hubbard, as well as the majority of politicos and citizens, thought he would never stand trial because the courts couldn’t be trusted to bring such a powerful politician to heel. Finally, most didn’t trust the jury system, thinking that they would be swayed by Hubbard’s political standing in the community, or that his allies just might buy-off a juror or two. Hubbard was indicted, he did stand trial, and a jury of his peers found him guilty of 12 felony public corruption charges.
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Bentley Wants His Prisons

May 10, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In an Op-Ed at al.com, Gov. Robert Bentley signaled, that he may call a Special Session to try, once again, to pass an $800 million prison construction project. Bentley said, the massive spending project failed because, “We simply ran out of time in this Regular Legislative Session to finally address Alabama’s prison overcrowding problem.” He also wrote, “That legislation failed in the final minutes of this session. But that doesn’t mean we won’t reach that goal.”
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Chronicle: Closing The Case Against Sen. Williams

April 4, 2016

Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A criminal investigation into consulting contacts obtained by State Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) after his election to the Senate in 2010 was recently closed, and the agent reassigned to Mobile.

Serous questions as to why it was closed and who authorized it are being asked by both State and federal law enforcement.

Current and former law enforcement officers with knowledge of the actions surrounding the investigation shared with alreporter.com the chronology of events that led to the case being closed.
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