Lawyer asks AG for documents related to Luther Strange, 35th Avenue Superfund site

October 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney David A Ludder, who is representing the environmentalist group GASP, is asking Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) to hand over documents that then AG Luther Strange (R) may have written or received concerning the controversial 35th Avenue Superfund site in North Birmingham.

As Attorney General, Luther Strange actively opposed a proposed expansion and prioritization of the 35th Avenue site, by the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Federal Grand Jury indicts two lawyers and Drummond Vice President in conspiracy to bribe Oliver Robinson

September 29, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

A Federal Grand Jury indicted two Birmingham lawyers and an Alabama coal company executive on charges of conspiracy, bribery, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

The indictment charges that the three paid former state Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, who has already pleaded guilty, to take official action favorable to their interests in connection with preventing the expansion and prioritization of an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in North Birmingham.

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Former State Rep. Oliver Robinson pleads guilty in court, agrees to cooperate

September 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, former state Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, was in federal court where he pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a partner with Balch & Bingham law firm and an executive with the Drummond Company.

In exchange for payments to a foundation that Robinson ran, Robinson agreed to help fight expansion of an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site in north Birmingham. The site was allegedly polluted over the course of decades by ABC Coke, which was acquired by Alabama based coal giant, Drummond Co. Expansion of the site would have cost ABC Coke and Drummond millions.
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State Auditor makes 2017 predictions

January 2, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

2016 gave us President-elect Donald Trump, Governor Robert Bentley’s sex scandal, a failed state lottery plan, and Speaker Mike Hubbard being convicted of felony ethics violations. What will 2017 bring?

On Sunday, January 1, 2017, State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) released predictions for what the new year might bring to Alabama.

“The investigation of Gov. Robert Bentley and Rebekah Mason will result in federal indictments, which will go to trial some time in 2018, their last year,” Zeigler stated. “Bentley will not resign. Bentley and Mason will continue governing with an even-worse cloud over their heads. The Bentley/Mason trial will take as long as the Mike Hubbard trial. Justice delayed is justice denied. Bentley will limp on as a lame duck, wounded duck governor.” Read More

State issues warrants for persons spreading wild hogs

November 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, November 28, 2016, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced that over a dozen persons were indicted for the illegal transport and possession of wild hogs.

Hogs are not a species that are native to North America. The first hogs that were brought to Alabama came with Hernando DeSoto’s expedition and the extremely adaptable omnivores have been escaping domestication into the wilds of Alabama ever since.
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Bentley’s attorney calls Lewis’s allegations “baseless”

November 28, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On November 23, 2016, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) was sued by his most trusted bodyguard. Bentley’s attorney John Neiman said in a statement that Lewis’s suit is “meritless.”

Ray Lewis is the former Chief of Governor’s Security Detail.

Neiman said, “Mr. Lewis’ lawsuit is an outrageous abuse of the system. The bulk of his complaint is full of allegations the Governor denies, and those allegations ultimately will be shown to be irresponsible and false. In addition, those allegations have nothing to do with the actual legal claims asserted by Mr. Lewis. He appears to have included those irrelevant allegations in his complaint for the purposes of sensationalizing what is a meritless legal case. We will ask the Court to quickly dismiss Lewis’s legal claims, which are meritless through and through.”
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Comey Says that No Reasonable Prosecutor Would Indict Hillary Clinton

July 6, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, July 5, FBI Director James Comey announced that after a lengthy investigation the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not recommend that federal prosecutors indict former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) for her mishandling of classified material.

Director Comey said, “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case… To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences.”
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More Indictments Likely

June 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—When asked if there would be more indictments, Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis said, “No Comment.” That statement should strike fear in the heart of anyone named in the counts on which Mike Hubbard was found guilty.

Hubbard was found guilty on seven counts of receiving a thing of value from a lobbyist or a principal under Section 36-25-5.1 (a) which forbids “[a] public employee or public official or family member of the public employee or family member of the public official shall solicit or receive a thing of value from a lobbyist, subordinate of a lobbyist, or principal.”
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Ford Says that Bentley May Have Obstructed Justice

February 19, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

“In the Criminal Justice System, the people are represented by two separate, yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the District Attorneys who prosecute the offenders.”

Anyone who has watched the long running crime drama, “Law and Order,” understands how this works. Police respond to and investigate crimes and the prosecutors work with them to build and prove those cases in the court of law. The two separate but equally important groups of professionals work together in service to the people they protect. In the state of Alabama our police are the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and our prosecutors are the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. Anyone familiar with the TV show (or the real life operations of the American justice system) knows that if a prosecutor asks a law enforcement officer for a sworn affidavit about something in a criminal case the state is working on the officer complies with that request routinely.
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Lathan Tells Hubbard To Go

January 12, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, January 11, Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan announced that the Steering Committee had passed a resolution on January 10, calling upon Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) to suspend his leadership position.

Chairman Lathan said in a statement, “The Alabama Republican Party strongly believes the needs of our state must be the first priority of our elected officials. The GOP controlled legislature needs full time focused attention on the people’s business. The distractions of Representative Hubbard’s legal situation will make it extremely difficult for him to meet the demands of his role as Alabama Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
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