There’s no law to prohibit cops from having sex with detainees in Alabama

February 9, 2018

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

When 18-year-old Anna was handcuffed and arrested by two on-duty undercover police officers, little did she realize that for the next few hours she would repeatedly be raped by the two men, according to her statements. The officers’ defense, for engaging in sex with a handcuffed detainee was, it was consensual.

Alabama is one of 35 states that allows on-duty police officers to engage in sex with a detainee as long as there is consent. According to an attorney for the state, there isn’t a specific statute that addresses the issue of detainee consent. Alabama does have a statute forbidding sex with inmates in state prisons.

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Self-proclaimed internet sleuth Donald V. Watkins draws fire for “libelous lies”

October 31, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

According to his Wikipedia page, Donald V. Watkins – born September 8, 1948 – is an American trial attorney, banker and entrepreneur. As of late, Watkins has styled himself as an investigative reporter posting to Facebook. In his latest installment on social media, Watkins accuses Dr. Joe Perkins, founder of Matrix, of potentially criminal activities, along with suggesting the Alabama Political Reporter and the Tuscaloosa News printed pandering dribble with regards to the alleged rape of Megan Rondini.

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Allegations of rape, details of a tragic night

August 21, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A young woman takes her life, a family suffers an unthinkable loss, and the media tells a story both sad and horrifyingly villainous.

But what are the facts?

Local, national and international reports of University of Alabama co-ed Megan Rondini’s alleged rape and suicide by hanging seven months after the events of July 2015 has cast a long shadow over the City of Tuscaloosa, law-enforcement, the University, local medical practitioners and the alleged rapist, 34-year-old Tuscaloosa-native T.J. Bunn.

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Prison bill could be defining moment

December 7, 2016

By House Minority Leader Craig Ford

Prisons could be the issue that defines the Alabama Legislature in 2017. Gov. Bentley has said he may call a special session to address the issue, and has indicated that he will revive the prison construction bill he first proposed in his 2016 State of the State address.

In recent years, numerous lawsuits have been filed relating to the conditions in our prisons. Violence and riots have increased as the number of corrections officers has decreased, and even the federal government has begun an investigation of violence, rape and overcrowding in our prisons.
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Why I Strongly Support Trump

October 17, 2016

By Frances Taylor
President, Alabama Federation of Republican Women

As we race toward the conclusion of this presidential race, I am often asked my opinion of Donald Trump, especially in light of the revelation of a private conversation and the attacks from the left.

It is easy for me to discuss why I so strongly support him and his vision for a brighter future for America. His plan for America entails several key components that directly affect the prosperity and well-being of its citizens:
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Former Prisoner Tells of Brutish Conditions, Green Dot Scheme  

March 16, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Over the last three days, violence at Alabama’s Holman Prison in Atmore has made national news.  On Monday, March 14, the Alabama Political Reporter (APR) spoke with a former inmate, who asked not to be identified, about conditions in the troubled Alabama Corrections System.

The prisoner, who we will call “Ralph,” blamed corruption among the guards for much of the problems within the Alabama prison system.  Ralph told APR that guards supply the phones and drugs to prisoners for a profit.
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Sessions Questions if U.S. Should Accept Syrian Refugees

September 11, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, September 10, U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R from Alabama) released a written statement in response to President Barack H Obama’s (D) announcement that they plan to expand refugee resettlement operations inside the U.S.

Sen. Sessions said, “The United States has been doing more than its ‘fair share’ for decades. We have taken in 20% of global migrants, even as our country makes up only 5% of the global population. Every year, on autopilot, we resettle at least another 1 million migrants on a permanent legal basis in the United States. We lack the resources to properly screen those we are already admitting, with scores of visas issued to those subsequently indicted and convicted for terrorist activity. And, as one of the world’s leading debtors, we lack the funds to provide lifetime financial support to new arrivals: 9 in 10 Middle Eastern refugees recently admitted to the U.S. are on food stamps. As soon as they arrive, refugees become immediately eligible for all welfare programs available to U.S. citizens. More than half of all immigrants in the United States receive welfare.”
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Sessions Says More H1B Visas Would Only Squash the Dreams of More American Workers

July 9, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

jeff-sessionsWednesday, July 8, US Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) issued a statement in response to Microsoft’s latest announcement of layoffs. Despite the fact that Microsoft already has more workers than it needs the company continues to push for I-Squared and other legislation to drastically increase the number of H-1B visa-holders. Sen. Sessions said, “There is no shortage of talented Americans, only a shortage of politicians willing to stand up to special interests demanding low-wage guest workers to hire in their place.”
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Republicans Pleased that President Put Forward an ISIS Strategy

September 11, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R) from Montrose issued a written statement following President Barack Obama’s prime-time address regarding a strategy for combating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

U.S. Representative Byrne said: “I was pleased that President Obama finally put forward a strategy to combat ISIS in the Middle East. There is no doubt ISIS poses a clear, direct threat to the United States, and decisive action is badly needed. It is now important the President’s actions match his rhetoric.”
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Bachus Promotes Project to Increase Student Safety on Campus

October 22, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Spencer Bachus (R) from Vestavia spoke at a news conference at Samford University to announce a collaborative project to promote student safety at five colleges and universities in the Birmingham area.  Samford University in Homewood has received a $499,551 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice for an initiative called “Safety in Numbers.”

That project will also involve the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Montevallo, and Miles College. Samford will be the lead school in the project.  There are over 30,000 students in the Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education (BACHE).
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