Politics continue to overrule ethics

May 15, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The State Legislature begins its four-day sprint to the finish this Tuesday. To-date, 1025 bills were introduced over the 27 days, and still, there is much more to be accomplished. The Legislative leadership hopes to sine die on Friday, ending a drama-filled Session that saw Governor Robert Bentley resign, Governor Ivey sworn in, topping the melee of competing interests that always seems to accompany a Legislative Session.
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Alabama Residents’ Living Hell

September 7, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Senate is back this week to continue debate on how to handle BP settlement money from the horrible oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but no matter what happens, this special session is an absolute failure.

The session was called by Gov. Robert Bentley mainly to authorize a lottery vote for Alabama. That’s not going to happen. Whether the BP issue is settled is also in doubt.
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All The King’s Horses

April 4, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Should we feel sorry for a man who chooses to cast away his wife and children, his friends and his church, because of lust?

Gov. Robert Bentley has asked us to forgive him for the inappropriate language he used during sexting and FaceTime chats with Rebekah Caldwell Mason. But he has yet to ask us to forgive him for the many lives he has ruined because of his dalliance with a married mother of three.  An affair, which he claims was not physical, has threatened the physical well-being of many families who relied on their State jobs and insurance. His infatuation with Mason has even further tarnished our State’s reputation, one which was already a hotbed of corruption thanks to Speaker Mike Hubbard and his cronies.
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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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Morrow Sends Letter: Have The Courage of Your Conviction, Impeach Strange

February 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay) has challenged thirty-seven lawmakers to “put up or shut up,” after they each signed a letter asking the Obama Administration to investigate Attorney General Luther Strange, in reference to his actions in the indictment of Speaker Mike Hubbard on 23 felony counts of public corruption.

Morrow asked the Legislative Reference Service to outline the procedures for the House to hold impeachment hearings for General Strange, that he has made available to members who signed the letter.
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Hubbard’s Attorneys Fail to Guard Grand Jury Secrets

September 28, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In a stunning example of incompetence, attorneys for Speaker Mike Hubbard revealed pages of grand jury information in violation of the State’s Grand Jury Secrecy Act by failing to properly redact their latest filings.

Even before Hubbard was indicted on 23 felony counts of public corruption his high-priced criminal defense attorney J. Mark White constantly whined about Grand Jury leaks, even though many leaks have been tracked back to Hubbard’s team.
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Hubbard Calls for Dismissal Because of Leaks

September 28, 2015

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Friday, September 25, in an ever-continuing effort to deny, distract, and delay any action on the 23 felony counts of public corruption against Speaker Mike Hubbard, his legal team filed a motion to have the charges against him dismissed, because of an alleged violation of the Grand Jury Secrecy Act. 

(See Document Here.)

According to Hubbard’s legal council, the State violated the Grand Jury’s Secrecy when one of its response filings revealed the names of some who testified before the Lee County Grand Jury.
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Hubbard’s Alternative Theory

February 23, 2015

 

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard has put forward a number of alternative theories as to why he was indicted by the State on 23 felony counts of public corruption; none of which included the possibility that he may have actually committed these crimes.

Like a good criminal defense attorney, he is using the same set of facts to draw a different conclusion in order to survive another day in office.
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The Wages of Fear and Silent Consent

February 18, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the last several months, nationwide scandal has forced several politicos to resign from office. The list stretches from South Carolina to Oregon. But, here in Alabama, the Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, with 23 felony counts of public corruption hanging over his head, stands proudly defiant.

Is there something special about Hubbard, or is there something rotten in Alabama politics?

It may be that some in our State have succumbed to the moral weakness that befalls many men, women and institutions, that being the legacy of those who set aside what is morally right for what is politically expedient.
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Using Campaign Donations For Legal Defense: Back Story

February 13, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The Attorney General’s opinion that has led to public officials using campaign donations to pay criminal defense legal fees, began with the indictment of Jefferson County Sheriff Jimmy Woodward in August of 1999.

According to the Attorney General’s Office, “Often state law can be confusing; therefore, public officials may request that the Attorney General give his legal interpretation of the law in understandable terms.”
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