Auburn Athletics may be about to fire Bruce Pearl

November 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, November 8, 2017, Auburn University fired assistant men’s basketball coach, Auburn/NBA basketball legend, Chuck Person.

Person was indicted by a federal criminal grand jury Tuesday on six counts fraud, bribery, and conspiracy.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation claims that a financial manager paid $91,500 worth of bribes to Person to refer clients to financial advisor Marty Blazer.  Former NBA referee, Rashan Michel, was allegedly the go-between between Blazer a shoe company and Person and the other coaches.  Person allegedly then gave $18,500 to the parents of two un-named Auburn players.  According to the FBI, Adidas, Auburn’s sponsoring shoe and apparel company, is named as being involved in this scandal.  Blazer is cooperating with federal authorities.

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More corruption indictments expected Thursday

September 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama on Wednesday announced a noon press conference for Thursday.

According to his defense counsel, charges are expected tomorrow against Joel Gilbert, a partner at Birmingham law firm Balch & Bingham LLP, in connection legal services he provided his client the Drummond Company.

Former State Rep. Oliver Robinson, D-Birmingham, has pleaded guilty to bribery, corruption, fraud, and tax evasion in connection to his efforts to try to block the expansion of a North Birmingham EPA Superfund  site to include the neighborhoods of Tarrant and Inglenook.

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Collier Says Impeachment Investigation is a Joke

September 26, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Tens of thousands of the people’s tax dollars are being spent to fund a special counsel, hired specifically to investigate the possibility of impeaching Governor Robert Bentley.

APR has spoken with several of the people who have been interviewed, and they say the investigators seem more interested in exonerating the Governor, rather than gathering evidence to impeach him.

Those who spoke with APR for this report, prefer to remain anonymous except for the State’s former law enforcement Chief, Spencer Collier.
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Zeigler Says Bentley Would Save State Money By Resigning

July 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, July 19, the House Judiciary Committee voted to hire Birmingham attorney, Jack Sharman, as special counsel to run the impeachment investigation of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R). Sharman is a partner with Birmingham based Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC.

Sharman’s contract is capped at $100,000, but that ceiling could be raised if necessary. Also on Friday, Gov. Bentley announced that the office of the Governor had retained Ross Garber of the law firm Shipman & Goodwin to represent the Office of the Governor and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) in his official capacity, in connection with the pending impeachment investigation by the House Judiciary Committee. The Governor’s office also has announced Garber’s contract will have to be approved by the legislature’s Contract Review Committee on September 1, 2016.
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Committee Approves Special Counsel for Bentley Investigation

July 19, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 15, the Alabama Judiciary Committee met in Montgomery at the State House to hire attorney Jack Sharman to be the special counsel to investigate the possible impeachment of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R).

Jack Sharman was the choice of the special counsel subcommittee, chaired by Judiciary Committee Vice-Chair Jim Hill (R-Odenville). The other members were Rep. Christopher John England (D-Tuscaloosa) and Rep. David Faulkner (R-Mountain Brook).
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