Brooks accuses Strange of prosecutorial misconduct

July 26, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, June 24, 2017, US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) was in in Pell City meeting with the St. Clair County Republican Executive Committee.  Rep. Brooks said that when this campaign started he said that he would focus just on the issues unless he was attacked.

Since then Senator Luther Strange (R) and his allied PACs have spent a fortune on negative ads attacking Brooks.  Brooks said, “I have come under attack from one of them so the gloves are off.”
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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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Felon Hubbard Seeks Friends and Cash

August 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Earlier this month, convicted felon and former Alabama Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, sent an email to “business leader(s)” encouraging then to read his latest motion.

Hubbard writes, “…it very clearly lays out multiple reasons a new trial should be held, explains why the verdict on each charge was incorrect and how it negatively impacts business moving forward.”

Hubbard’s latest email appears to be a continuation of his public relations campaign to influence the public, remain relevant and raise much need cash for his criminal defense.
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Reform Bills Introduced Following Hubbard Scandal

August 20, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

For twenty months, the Alabama House of Representatives operated with a dark cloud of suspicion hanging over it. Then, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) was indicted on 23 counts of felony ethics law violations. Speaker Hubbard maintained his innocence and allegedly used the power of his office to encourage members of State government to make statements defending him. Hubbard even used the fact that 104 of the 105 members voted for him as Speaker as proof that he was innocent, and that he was the victim of a “political witch hunt” by State prosecutors.
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Ball Claims Political Suppression

April 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former law enforcement officer/turned politico, State Rep. Mike Ball (R-Huntsville) testified last October that a phone call from Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart was proof of prosecutorial misconduct, in the Speaker Mike Hubbard felony case.

Ball was represented during his testimony before Judge Jacob Walker III, by former Attorney General Bill Baxley. Last month on Huntsville radio, Ball claimed not only was Hart guilty of prosecutorial misconduct, but he had also tried to suppress Ball’s political activities. Ball voiced these newly found concerns only after his attorney (Baxley) became Hubbard’s lead counsel in early March. This is not the first time a Baxley client has testified to prosecutorial misconduct, to later be disgraced.
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Collier Reportedly Met with FBI

April 1, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Thursday, WSFA reported that former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Chief Spencer Collier, met with agents under the authority of US Attorney for the Middle District, George Beck. Scant details of the meeting are known at this time, but it is believed that in recent days, Beck’s office has been gathering information concerning a number of issues surrounding the Bentley Administration.

Reportedly, the FBI is looking into the firings at ALEA, the closing of criminal investigations, the use of NCIC and FETS to target enemies, and Bentley’s relationship with his now former senior advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason and her husband, Jon. Bentley’s order to lie and not provide an affidavit to the Attorney General, in relation to the Speaker Mike Hubbard criminal case, is also believed to be of interest to the US Attorney, as well as Bentley’s 501(c)4.
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No Prosecutorial Misconduct, Hubbard Motion Denied

March 30, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—For over 18 months, Speaker Mike Hubbard and his criminal lawyers have accused the State of Prosecutorial Misconduct in its investigation and indictment of Hubbard. They enlisted an army of media hacks, talk show bullies, politicos and PR specialists to persuade, not only the trial judge, but also the public, that the State’s Attorney General’s Office had engaged in a corrupt prosecution of Hubbard, who is charged with 23 felony counts of public corruption.
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Coleman’s Testimony Contradicts Affidavit Given to Hubbard

February 16, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In a hearing before Judge Jacob Walker on October 20, 2015, attorney and radio host Baron Coleman said, “Simply put, I know nothing about the Grand Jury.” He continued, “I didn’t testify in front of the Grand Jury. I didn’t — I have never spoken to a grand juror. I have never spoken to anyone who appeared in front the Grand Jury.”

baron-colemanThis statement and others were given by Coleman in an attempt to have his subpoena quashed, prior to the first evidentiary hearing on prosecutorial misconduct in the Speaker Mike Hubbard felony case. Later in his testimony, he once again told Judge Walker, “I don’t know anything about a Grand Jury.”
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Coleman Revealed as Confidential Informant, Gave Affidavit to Mike Hubbard  

February 12, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Court filings state that, attorney and radio host, Baron Coleman gave his three-page affidavit to Speaker Mike Hubbard’s criminal lawyers, who used the information to renew its motion to dismiss Speaker Mike Hubbard’s felony case on prosecutorial misconduct and fraud.

In the State’s motion, it is revealed Coleman served as a confidential informant to the Attorney General’s Special Prosecution Division since the fall 2012. According to the State, Coleman supplied information on Hubbard and other individuals. The State provided proof of Coleman’s status to the court ex parte, and in camera. The information provided to trial Judge Jacob Walker III, marked as Exhibit A, is under seal.
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State Claims Privilege Over Coleman Information

February 12, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Thursday, the State filed a response to the Defense’s renewed motion to dismiss the case against Mike Hubbard, on grounds of prosecutorial misconduct and fraud. In conjunction, a motion for a protective order regarding Baron Coleman’s disclosure of information.

Coleman, who filed an affidavit on Feb. 2, 2016, claimed that he concluded that Assistant Deputy Attorney Matt Hart relayed Grand Jury information to him, in violation of the Grand Jury Secrecy Act. He said in his affidavit that information was used in a “whisper campaign” for Sandy Toomer’s run for Hubbard’s House seat.
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