Chris McCool, Criminal Appeals candidate, addresses St. Clair County Republicans

May 22, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 18, 2017, Court of Criminal Appeals candidate Chris McCool (R) was in St. Clair County making his appeal to the Republican Party for their support in his bid to become an appeals judge.

St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor (R) introduced McCool. Minor said that McCool is the District 24 District Attorney (DA) serving Fayette, Pickens, and Lamar Counties. “Chris is a man of God” and a preacher with his own Church. He has a wonderful family and he also has cattle and chickens. “He is the one to vote for.”
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Brinson addresses St. Clair Republican Party

May 19, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, May 18, 2019, US Senate candidate Dr. Randy Brinson (R) spoke to the St. Clair County Republican Party at their monthly meeting in the St. Clair County Courthouse in Pell City.

Brinson said that he is a physician in Montgomery and that he is also international agri-businessman and served as the health care advisor to former Governor Fob James (R).

Brinson said that there are four serious candidates and three of those have been career politicians. They all have run for political offices for the last thirty years. During that same time I have started four businesses.
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Hubbard’s Post-Trial Snoozer

September 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—While searching for any thread of an argument that might lead to a new trial for convicted felon Mike Hubbard—once the most powerful politico in the state—attorney Bill Baxley whined, fretted and accused state prosecutors of blindsiding, bushwhacking and bamboozling his client.

Having written about Hubbard’s misdeeds since late 2012, the courtroom drama ending with his conviction makes Baxley’s latest attempt at the September 2 hearing feel like Hubbard trial 2.0 ad nauseam. Only Baxley’s fantastical leaps of legal logic and strained linguistic gymnastics kept the proceedings remotely interesting. Baxley argued several points, only winning on one issue with Judge Walker’s ruling that Hubbard would not be required to pay $1.125 million in restitution, as the prosecution asked.
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Hubbard Trial Day Twelve: Prosecution Stings Hubbard

June 10, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—The State of Alabama v. Michael G. Hubbard, day twelve, marked the beginning of the end for the criminal trial that has been years in the making. It is tempting to use a multitude of adjectives to describe the most surreal day to date.

Suffice it to say, it was dramatic and bizarre.

The trial began with Lead Prosecutor, Matt Hart, cross examining Hubbard, using a proffer Hubbard signed in March, 2014. The Prosecution was able to impeach Hubbard on several points in his testimony before the court. During the trial, evidence showed Josh Blades had initiated the calls to help Bobby Abrams’ company with a much needed patent, and it was Blades who did most of the work…on State time. However, in 2014, Hubbard told Hart and others in a sworn statement, that only he had made calls concerning the patent.
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Hey Everybody Let’s Have A Trial!

May 2, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Last week, Judge Jacob Walker, III, finally said enough is enough, and with that, Speaker Mike Hubbard is fated to stand trial on 23 felony counts of public corruption in May. This will be some 577 days after being indicted. Jury selection will begin the week of May 16, with opening statements projected for May 24 or 25.

Despite Hubbard’s attorneys Bill Baxley and Lance Bell whining like a pair of 13-year-old girls begging daddy for tickets to a Justin Bieber concert, and David McKnight threatening to upend the trial opening, the Judge said, “No.”
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Hubbard Defense Files For Continuance Again

April 27, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Last Friday, Bill Baxley, lead defense attorney for Mike Hubbard, filed another motion for continuance, this time to move the trial date to August. The motion states, that they were not prepared for the June 16 date set by Judge Jacob Walker, III, on March 29. The Defense’s motion asked Judge Walker for the trial date be moved to August 1, in order for them to be fully prepared for trial.
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Too Big To Try?

April 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

British Prime Minister William E. Gladstone is credited with saying, “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

Once again, Speaker Mike Hubbard, who is charged with committing 23 felony acts of public corruption, has asked for a continuance, and it appears Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker, III, may, once again, grant Hubbard’s wishes.

The State’s case against Hubbard is not as complex as his attorneys J. Mark White, Lance Bell and now, Bill Baxley, have been claiming. The crimes Hubbard is accused of committing are based on simple, easy-to-understand laws, laws that Hubbard himself championed and voted to pass.
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Hubbard Hearing: Confusion, Concerns, Possible Continuance

April 21, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The pretrial hearing on Wednesday in Mike Hubbard’s felony criminal case was confusing and troubling. At issue before the court were the State’s motion on Rule 404(b), seven Motions in limine, and the admissibility of evidence. Judge Jacob Walker, III, was ready, the State was ready, but Hubbard’s attorney Bill Baxley claimed he didn’t know the hearing was about those matters and was not prepared to address them.
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Mason Still Advising as Paranoia Runs Deep

April 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— “Bizarre” is how one staffer describes the atmosphere in the Governor’s Office—depressing, angry, and paranoid, say others.

Not only is former senior advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason continuing to advise Bentley via phone and texts, the pair is blaming Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart for all their troubles, say insiders close to the Governor.

Speaking on background, former staffers, several current staffers, and general supporters who are concerned for the administration’s future have reached out to alreporter.com to express worry over Mason’s reemergence as a “secret advisor,” and Gov. Bentley’s state of mind.
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Baxley’s Conflict May Endanger Justice

March 21, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Even before Speaker Mike Hubbard was indicted on 23 felony count of public corruption, a unifying matrix of criminal defense lawyers allowed for information to flow freely amongst those who sought to undermine the State’s case against him.

Earlier this month on March 11, the State filed a motion, under seal, that revealed Hubbard’s criminal attorney, Bill Baxley, represents clients who may be called to testify against Hubbard at trial. The State has asked Judge Jacob Walker, III to resolve the conflict as established by the rules of professional conduct, stating, “Now that defendant Michael Gregory Hubbard has retained the firm of Baxley, Dillard, McKnight, James & McElroy (the “Baxley firm”), the State believes a conflict of interest may exist under Alabama Rules of Professional conduct.”
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