Prosecution fears losing key witness in Henderson case to marriage

September 21, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the state’s attorney general’s office filed a motion in Jefferson County Circuit court to preserve testimony in the upcoming trial of suspended Jefferson County District Attorney Charles Todd Henderson. Specifically, special division’s chief, Matt Hart, asked the court to allow the prosecution to depose Yareima Carmen Valecillos Akl, Henderson’s alleged girlfriend, because the state fears the couple may marry before trial and invoke spousal privilege.

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Investigation into Pouncey Smear delivered to Special Prosecution Division

August 14, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday last, a package was hand-delivered to the State’s Attorney General’s Office containing the results of two investigations into what is labeled a smear campaign against Dr. Craig Pouncey, by those who plotted to deny him the position of State Education Superintendent.

Delivered directly to the Special Prosecution Division, lead by hard-boiled chief Matt Hart, the dossier encompasses the finds by the Alabama Department of Education conducted by Michael Meyer and the bipartisan Senate committee lead by Senators Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) and Quinton Ross (D-Montgomery).

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Tankersley Exit Interview Part 2: No rules, no order

August 1, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

“Our State needs so much help. There is such a lack of confidence in our elected leaders. The Ethics Commission can help restore that lost confidence,” said Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley in a recent interview with the Alabama Political Reporter.

Tankersley Exit Interview Part 1: Success, collusion, and dismay

While he sees the Ethics Commission’s Executive Director, Tom Albritton, as a champion for a more efficient organization, he worries that the Commission could undercut Albritton’s determination to run an honest shop.

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State responds to Hubbard appeal: “Hubbard sold his office to benefit himself”

July 6, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard – facing four years in a State penitentiary – is another step closer to finding out if he will actually serve that sentence.

But prosecutors from the Alabama Attorney General’s Office showed in a brief filed Monday that they are no more willing to go soft on him now than they were when he was convicted of 12 felony ethics charges last year.

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State answer to Hubbard appeal leans on common sense

July 6, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

If Alabama’s ethics laws weren’t designed to prevent the actions of former House Speaker Mike Hubbard, then they’re essentially useless.

That was the opening of the State of Alabama’s response to Hubbard’s filing last month in his appeal of 12 felony counts. The 138-page response from Attorney General Steve Marshall picked apart the arguments in Hubbard’s appeal, focusing on the basics of the law and grinding the allegedly complicated laws down to common sense right and wrong.
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Marsh, Hooper, Henry not Senate candidates

May 18, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, nineteen major party candidates qualified to run for the US Senate seat vacated by Senator Jeff Sessions (R). While the focus was rightly on the candidates who did choose to step in the ring and run for some prominent candidates chose at the last minute not to run for the coveted position in the US Senate.

Senate President Del Marsh (R-Anniston) was openly contemplating running for Senate and had been sparring with the Strange campaign but announced on the final day of qualifying that he would not be a candidate.
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What to do about Bentley?

February 20, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Vice, vainer and corruption has left Alabama a leaderless State, but there is hope that some with integrity will step forward to fill the void.

Governor Robert Bentley has long ago forfeited any claim of moral leadership and to list his many failings would be as tedious as it is long.

However, calls for his impeachment may be premature.

How can those who defended former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard chanting “innocent until proven guilty” in the face of his indictment on 23 felony counts of public corruption now feign such righteous anger at this scoundrel Bentley? Hubbard was convicted of 12 of those charges and today, many of those same individuals who blithely ignored Hubbard’s malfeasance want to hang the fool on Goat Hill.
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Senator Strange appoints former Chief Deputy as Chief of Staff

February 13, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Many questions surround the appointment of Luther Strange as US Senator, but Strange hiring Kevin Turner as his Chief of Staff is an unseen turn of events.

Turner served as Strange’s Chief Deputy until allegations of dubious actions in the criminal investigation of former Speaker Mike Hubbard surfaced. During the heat of the inquiry, sources from both within and outside of the Attorney General’s Office confirmed that Turner was orchestrating a plot to remove chief prosecutor Matt Hart from the Lee County Grand Jury investigation.
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Shattuck hired for contract work with Gov. Bentley

January 17, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Former General Counsel for The University of Alabama System, Cooper Shattuck, resigned his position on December 31, 2016. He stated, “After many years of public service to the State and to the State’s largest education enterprise, I am looking forward to returning to the private practice of law, where I can utilize my broad-based experience to further the interests and accomplish the goals of numerous clients.”
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Speculation swirls around new Birmingham Water Works Board

January 3, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For several years, lawmakers from Birmingham, Jefferson and surrounding counties have engaged in a turf war to reform the Birmingham Waterworks Board (BWWB). Even now, as the much sought after reforms have become law, as of January 1, 2017, the fight to maintain the status quo continues in backrooms and courtrooms. “Like the sewer debacle, it may require law-enforcement to finally clean up the mess that is the Water Board,” said a lawmaker, speaking on background, while referencing multi-count indictments over the Jefferson County sewer construction scandal in 2005. Read More

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