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

July 31, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

As a soldier, physician, and man of faith, Dr. Stewart Hill Tankersley holds firm to his beliefs on right and wrong. As he ends his five-year service on the State’s Ethics Commission, he’s convinced there has been progress, but there are still many obstacles to restoring public confidence in the State’s elected leaders. In just two years, the State has seen the fall of Mike Hubbard, the Speaker of the House, convicted on 12 felony counts of public corruption, and Governor Robert Bentley, resigning in disgrace after accepting a plea to campaign finance violations.
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Sessions says he’ll stay Attorney General as long as it is appropriate

July 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The public rift between President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions apparently continues to grow.  At a Department of Justice press conference on Thursday, July 20, 2017, Attorney General Sessions said, “We love this job, we love this department and I plan to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate.”

Sessions remarks at a Department of Justice press conference followed a Wednesday New York Times interview in which the President was sharply critical of his Attorney General’s decision to recuse himself from the Russian collusion scandal.
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Gov. Robert Bentley reaches agreement to resign

April 10, 2017

By Josh Moon and Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Robert Bentley has agreed to resign later today, several sources have confirmed to The Alabama Political Reporter.

The Governor reached an agreement with State lawmakers and Law Enforcement officials early Monday morning to step down. The terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Bentley’s resignation comes after a tumultuous weekend following the release of a salacious report from the House Judiciary Committee’s special counsel, Jack Sharman.

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More Calls for Bentley to Resign

April 10, 2017

By Brandon Moseley

Sunday, April 9, 2017 the Alabama Republican Party Steering Committee called upon Governor Robert Bentley, “To immediately resign.” The ongoing investigation into corruption, ethics violations, and campaign finance law violation is centered around Bentley’s relationship with alleged mistress Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

The ALGOP Steering Committee also passed the following resolution: “The ALGOP Steering Committee commends the Alabama House of Representatives, the Alabama Senate and the Alabama Supreme Court for their courage and their diligence in the impeachment process while putting partisan politics aside for the people of the state of Alabama.”
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Despite rumors, the Governor’s Office says Bentley has no plans to resign

March 21, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — The Governor’s Office on Monday pushed back against rumors that Gov. Robert Bentley will resign in April before any impeachment vote can happen in the Alabama House of Representatives.

A spokesperson from the Governor’s Office said Bentley has no plans to resign.

“Governor Bentley takes very seriously his call to serve as Alabama’s 53rd Governor, and considers it the greatest honor of his life,” his spokesperson, Yasamie August, said. “He has plans only to continue to serve the people of this state, and as he stated so clearly in his 2017 State of the State address, to ‘Finish the Race.'”

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Sessions asks for remaining US Attorneys to resign

March 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, March 10, 2017, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions asking for the resignations of 46 United States attorneys who were appointed by previous administrations. Among there were George Beck, who represents Alabama’s middle district and Kenyen Ray Brown who serves Alabama’s Southern District.
Joyce Vance, who was the US Attorney for Alabama’s Northern District, retired the same day that President Donald J. Trump was inaugurated.
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What is the Status of Gaming in Alabama?

October 21, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

A couple of weeks ago, to the surprise of many, Governor Robert Bentley announced at a press conference the formation of a gambling committee to explore the benefits and costs of legalizing some forms of gaming in Alabama.

While the move was met mostly with indifference from the majority of the State – a government committee doesn’t exactly inspire great excitement – it also seemed like a curious move from a Governor, who, along with Attorney General Luther Strange, had two weeks earlier signed off on a letter to district attorneys and sheriffs around the State, reminding them that electronic bingo is illegal in Alabama.
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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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Some in GOP Want Bentley Out

March 29, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

As first reported last week by the Alabama Political Reporter, State and Federal investigators are reportedly continuing their separate probes into the conduct of embattled Governor Robert Bentley (R) and the generous financial compensation he has paid over the course years to his top advisor, and alleged mistress, Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason, as well as allegations that Gov. Bentley and Mrs. Mason are involved in a conspiracy to undermine and obstruct the prosecution against indicted Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) by ordering Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Secretary Spencer Collier not to tell the truth to State prosecutors.
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