Steen to run for circuit judge in Etowah County

December 4, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorney Sonny Steen, a lifelong Republican, announced that he will be a candidate for Circuit Judge Place 3 in Etowah County.

Sonny has over 11 years of experience serving Etowah County and believes that our families deserve someone on the bench who is ready from day one and can provide them with relief through timely, sound and efficient decisions.

Steen said that he has a wide array of legal experience including having represented people in civil jury trials, property disputes, contract disputes, social security, employment law, family law, child support, criminal defense and all other areas of the law that a circuit judge must be familiar with.

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Judge rules most of Spencer Collier lawsuit can move forward

November 10, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge has ruled that most of former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier’s lawsuit against former Gov. Robert Bentley, Rebekah Mason, Mason’s RCM Communications, former ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler and ALEA General Counsel Michael Robinson can move forward.

Collier has accused Bentley, Mason and the others of violating his privacy, defaming him and conspiring to prevent him from getting a job after Bentley fired him from ALEA in 2016.

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US Sen. Steve Daines endorses Roy Moore

November 8, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said that Roy Moore will help reform Washington.  Daines announced that he is endorsing Moore in Alabama’s special election for U.S. Senate.

“The people of Alabama will have soon have an opportunity elect a new U.S. Senator, and I believe Judge Roy Moore is the best candidate to follow in the steps of former Senator Jeff Sessions,” Daines said. “Judge Moore is a principled conservative, and he will help reform Washington and return power to the people of America. I look forward to working with Judge Moore on ideas to cut taxes, rein in the national debt, and boost job growth.”

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Cullman judge accused of funneling court business to son

October 6, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Ethics Commission, on Wednesday, found cause to believe that Cullman County District Court Judge Kim Chaney violated state ethics laws by using his position for personal and/or family gain.

Ethics Commission Executive Director Tom Albritton said Chaney stands accused of directing criminal appointments – assigning representation of criminal defendants – to his son and his son’s law firm.

The Commission has forwarded the allegations and its recommendation on to the Alabama attorney general’s office for possible prosecution.

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Alabama politicos react to Moore-Strange debate

September 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Republican Senate candidates Roy Moore and Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., debated a number of issues in a Lincoln-Douglas style debate in Montgomery. Afterwards, supporters of both campaigns declared victory.

Former state Rep. Perry Hooper Jr., who is also chair of Trump’s Victory Committee in Alabama, endorsed Strange.

“The Debate tonight proved one important fact: Senator Luther Strange is s better fit to serve as Alabama’s Junior US Senator,” Hooper said. “Senator Strange was spot on discussing important issues. He was very knowledgeable, confident and looked Senatorial. Chief Justice Moore seemed confused at times and he had a hard time pronouncing words. The best line of the night was when Moore told the audience that God was in charge of his election, Strange replied by saying in all due respect, God is in charge of the election for both Moore and Luther, but one thing is for Sure President Trump is for Me. That was the best line of the night!”

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Judge seeks open seat on Court of Civil Appeals

September 15, 2017

By Samuel Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

A judge announced that she would seek a soon-to-be vacated seat on the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals on Thursday.

Chirsty Edwards, who currently serves as a judge on the Alabama Tax Court, made the announcement that she will seek the seat on Thursday. Edwards said she wants to bring her know how of tax laws to the appeals court.

“Everyone has to pay taxes – businesses, business owners, consumers and regular people,” Edwards said in a statement. “The businesses and the people of this state need a judge who will oversee the tax laws and protect the taxpayers according to all the laws overseen by this court. I will do that.”

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Senator Phil Williams endorses Roy Moore

August 31, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 30, 2017, Alabama State Senator Phil Williams, R-Rainbow City, announced that he has endorsed Judge Roy Moore (R) for U.S. Senate.

Sen. Williams said in a statement, “Judge Roy Moore has served our nation on the front-lines in Vietnam and the people of Alabama with integrity and honor as a two-time Chief Justice. The Judge has been a stalwart defender of the United States Constitution in the face of liberal activist judges and has put principle before personal or political gain time and time again. It is this track record that uniquely qualifies him to fill the Senate seat of Jeff Sessions in Washington, D.C.”

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Strange turns negative again

August 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, August 29, 2017. As expected, Republican Senator Luther Strange has launched his next round of attacks on former Alabama Chief Justice Judge Roy Moore, in a desperate bid to resurrect his floundering campaign for the US Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions earlier this year.

The Strange campaign said, “Voters have a clear choice in this election: President Trump’s conservative fighter, Luther Strange, who has a record of taking on the swamp, or another hypocritical politician, Roy Moore, who has spent 40 years putting himself and his ambition ahead of Alabamians.”

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Rep. Jim Hill to Chair House Judiciary Committee

June 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 9, 2017, Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia) on announced that State Representative Jim Hill (R-Odenville) will serve as chairman of the body’s Judiciary Committee for the remainder of the 2014 to 2018 quadrennium.

Speaker McCutcheon said, “Jim Hill had a two-decade career as a respected judge and has earned the reputation of being a distinguished legal scholar, so he possesses the ideal skill set for serving as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. In addition, Republican and Democrat House members alike know him to be an exceedingly fair-minded individual who is capable of impartially presiding over sometimes contentious debates, just as he did in the courtroom.”
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The shadowy autocracy of the JIC, the State Supreme Court and the legal elites

November 29, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Two State Senators are offering constitutional amendments that would rein in the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and the Court of the Judiciary (COJ).

The JIC was created to investigate, receive, initiate complaints leveled against sitting judges, and the COJ was formed to hear cases that the JIC felt needed to be adjudicated. In simple terms, the JIC acts as a prosecutor and grand jury, while the COJ is judge and jury.
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