Final strange chapter: Fake cancer scam ends in jail time

December 1, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The strangest story I’ve ever covered is over.

A Shelby County Circuit Court judge on Thursday sentenced Jennifer Flynn Cataldo to serve two years for each of two counts of first-degree theft by deception after Cataldo admitted to soliciting tens of thousands of dollars from friends and family in a fake cancer scheme. The two-year terms will run concurrently.  

“Those who prey upon the charitable intentions of good Samaritans not only do a tremendous disservice to those truly in need but also betray the trust of the community,” said Attorney General Steve Marshall in a press release. “This sentence should send a strong signal to others who may harbor similar intentions of deceiving the public’s generosity that there will be a price to pay for breaking the law.”

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Shelby supports Trump’s opioid policy

October 30, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., announced that he supports President Donald Trump’s declaration of a public health emergency in regard to opioid addiction:

“I applaud the President and his Administration on their efforts to end the opioid epidemic,” Sen. Shelby said. “This is a real emergency, and it affects just about every community in our country. Senator Jeanne Shaheen and I have been working on our Appropriations Subcommittee to make sure that both law enforcement and the Justice Department have the tools they need to fight this epidemic. It is going to take a massive effort, and I fully support President Trump’s attention to this matter.”

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What can we learn on the Plains of Weehawken?

August 9, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“If we had an Attorney General, there’d be a Grand Jury,” said a retired judge referring to revelations in APR’s exit interview with Ethics Commissioner, Dr. Stewart Tankersley.

Examples of collusion, questionable opinions, and other suspect activity, he said, “should be before a Grand Jury, and we should ask them: ‘What do you want us to do with this?'”

Speaking truth to power or shining a light on a brood of vipers undoubtedly has consequences both negative and positive. At the moment, Tankersley is feeling the wrath of those he has criticized.

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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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Will Chief Justice Roy Moore Be Denied Equal Justice?

October 24, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended for the rest of his term in office, which permanently removes him from the bench forever (Moore will be aged-out by a State statute that caps eligibility to run for a judgeship after 70).

The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to unseal the records in his case, denying the public the right to know all the facts that led to his suspension.
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A Dark Omen Rises From Moore Trial

October 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Those politicos and advocates who follow history should mark Friday, September 30,2016 on their calendars and note it as the day the State of Alabama changed due to the suspension of Chief Justice Roy S. Moore from the Alabama Supreme Court.

There is no reason for anyone on either side of this issue to celebrate. By suspending Judge Moore, the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) and the Court of the Judiciary (COJ) have completely undermined the very institutions that stand for equal justice.
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Black Lives Matter Birmingham Will Host Vigil on Thursday

September 22, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, September 22, 2016, members of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Birmingham will host a Candlelight Vigil, Balloon Release & Prayer at Kelly Ingram Park to honor the life of Terrence Crutcher, the unarmed father of four who was killed by Tulsa, Oklahoma police on September 16.

BLM activist Martez Files said in a statement, “Our love and prayers are with the people of Tulsa as they prepare to again call out an unjust system that allows black bodies to be tried, convicted and executed in the streets.”
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Shelby and Sessions Both Object to Obama Releasing Dangerous Criminals

August 8, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Both US Senators from Alabama, Richard Shelby (R) and Jeff Sessions (R), expressed objections to President Obama’s commutations of sentences for a number of federal offenders.

On Wednesday, August 3, Senator Richard Shelby said in a statement, “President Obama announced today that he has granted 214 sentence commutations to federal inmates, the highest number of individuals in more than 100 years. Additionally, 48 of them were convicted of firearm-related crimes.”
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The Battle Lines are Drawn

May 30, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The courtroom battle that is The State of Alabama v. Michael G. Hubbard is not a contest between prosecutor Matt Hart and defense attorney Bill Baxley. It is covert warfare between Justice and Riley Inc., with consigliere Rob Riley as mastermind of the behind-the-scenes, mob-style tactics.

Last Thursday, use of those tactics became quite obvious when former State Health Officer Dr. Don Williamson altered his testimony to aid Hubbard’s defense causing Hart to ask him, “Have you been threatened?”
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Impeachment Is the Wrong Way

April 18, 2016

By Dr. Henry C. Mabry

Much talk has swirled around Montgomery about impeachment of Gov. Robert Bentley. It would be understandable if the Governor had engaged in high crimes and misdemeanors; however, this issue boils down to sordid innuendo for which the biggest of rumors may never have even happened. At least the person of interest looks more like Jennifer Flowers instead of plumpy Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones, a doppelganger for the Wicked Witch of the West.
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