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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Bentley-Collier lawsuit: Governor wanted his wife arrested for tapes

November 7, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorneys for former Gov. Robert Bentley, his top aide, Rebekah Mason, and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency officials asked a Montgomery Circuit Court judge to dismiss a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former ALEA director Spencer Collier.

After listening to about an hour of arguments from five different attorneys, Judge Greg Griffin said he will rule on the motion by noon Friday.

“I certainly don’t believe it should be dismissed and that we have a strong case,” Collier’s attorney, Kenny Mendelsohn said afterwards. “We’ll have to wait and see, but I feel pretty good about it.”

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Sessions settles lawsuit, admits that IRS targeted the Tea Party during Obama administration

October 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice has entered into settlements, pending approval by the district courts, in two cases brought by groups whose tax-exempt status was significantly delayed by the Internal Revenue Service based on inappropriate criteria.

The first case, Linchpins of Liberty v. United States, comprised claims brought by 41 plaintiffs, and the second case, NorCal Tea Party Patriots v. Internal Revenue Service, was a class action suit that included 428 members. Attorney General Sessions released the following statement about the cases:

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Montgomery judge orders mediation in Pouncey lawsuit

October 12, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Craig Pouncey lawsuit is headed for mediation.

Pouncey, the Jefferson County Schools superintendent, filed a lawsuit earlier this year alleging various Alabama State Department of Education employees and a State School Board member conspired to block him from becoming the state school superintendent.

Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Roman Shaul has now ordered the parties in that lawsuit into mediation and asked that they reach a settlement by Dec. 31.

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AEA sues State Department of Education over MPS takeover

September 14, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Education Association has formally waded into the fight between the Alabama State Department of Education and the Montgomery County School Board over the intervention in Montgomery’s school system.

A lawsuit filed in Montgomery Circuit Court, naming now-former state superintendent Michael Sentance and Montgomery Schools chief, Reginald Eggleston, claims the state has failed to uphold its agreements for a collaborative intervention and that it has repeatedly violated state law.

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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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Montgomery School Board member: We might sue ALSDE

June 27, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Montgomery’s School Board is considering legal action over the Alabama State Department of Education’s intervention, a County School Board member said Monday evening.

MPS Board member Mary Briers, a fixture in Montgomery education, brought up the possible lawsuit during a phone conversation and said it was “likely.” However, she also said the board was waiting to see if any changes to the intervention would be coming.
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Court rules Zeigler’s lawsuit over STAARS contract can proceed

June 1, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge, on Wednesday, tossed out most of a lawsuit brought by Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler over the troubled STAARS computer system, but left intact, the suit’s primary allegation.

Judge James Anderson dismissed six allegations in all, including one that could have made the case a class-action lawsuit with every citizen of Alabama a possible plaintiff.

However, Anderson let stand Zeigler’s primary complaint – that former Gov. Robert Bentley and other State officials willfully violated the State’s competitive bid laws in order to award the $47 million contract.
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Zeigler ends lawsuit after Ivey sets Special Election

April 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, April 20, 2017, Alabama Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) announced that he and Tommy Chapman were dropping their lawsuit challenging the legality of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) dubious decision to delay the Special Election for US Senate for 21 months. Bentley has since departed the Governor’s mansion to avoid impeachment and prosecution, and Gov. Kay Ivey (R) has reversed Bentley’s order on the Special Election.
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Southern Poverty Law Center files lawsuit against publisher of Neo-Nazi website

April 19, 2017

Sam Mattison
Alabama Political Reporter

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against a self-proclaimed Neo-Nazi in a federal court in Montana.

Andrew Anglin, the publisher of the Trump-supporting Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, is the defendant in the case and is accused of using his website to incite a harassment campaign against a Jewish woman in Whitefish, Montana.

He could not be reached for comment.

The SPLC is suing Anglin for invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress and for violating an anti-harassment law in Montana.
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