Did SBI Director Blow Whistle on State Senator Investigation?

October 25, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) Director Gene Wiggins has testified before the Montgomery Special Grand Jury on at least two occasions, most recently on October 19.

Shortly after Governor Robert Bentley placed ALEA Chief Spencer Collier on “medical leave,” an investigation into State Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) was spiked, just as it was on the verge of going before a grand jury.

Special Agent Jack Wilson, who was conducting the investigation into Williams, was ordered by Wiggins to close the case file and turn it over to the SBI.
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Timeline to Scandal

April 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Many questions remain about the steps which have led to the statewide scandal now engulfing Governor Bentley’s Administration.

Why did Baron Coleman, once a fierce critic of Speaker Mike Hubbard, come to his aid?

Why were Gov. Bentley and his senior advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason, so adamant that ALEA Chief, Spencer Collier not provide an affidavit stemming from Coleman’s actions?

Currently, there are more questions than answers as to why Gov. Bentley and Rebekah Mason “punished,” and ultimately fired ALEA Chief Spencer Collier.
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Chronicle: Closing The Case Against Sen. Williams

April 4, 2016

Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A criminal investigation into consulting contacts obtained by State Senator Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City) after his election to the Senate in 2010 was recently closed, and the agent reassigned to Mobile.

Serous questions as to why it was closed and who authorized it are being asked by both State and federal law enforcement.

Current and former law enforcement officers with knowledge of the actions surrounding the investigation shared with alreporter.com the chronology of events that led to the case being closed.
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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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What We Know, What We Think, What We Can Prove

April 1, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

A growing chorus of opinion makers, newspapers and politicos are calling for Governor Robert Bentley to resign or be impeached. Some of the most strident voices calling for Bentley’s head, are the ones who stood on stage with Speaker Mike Hubbard after his indictment on 23 felony counts of public corruption. And it took most opinion writers and newspapers a long time to call for Hubbard to step down.
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Firings Lead to Closing Criminal Cases

March 21, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Poliical Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Firings at the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) has led to the closing of several criminal investigations, including one involving State Sen. Phil Williams (R-Rainbow City), according to several sources with knowledge of the investigation.

Law enforcement officers have confirmed, that Special Agent Jack Wilson was ordered by State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) Director Gene Wiggin to close several high-profile cases after Governor Bentley placed ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier on medical leave.
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Insiders Claim Governor Asked Chief Lawman to Lie to Attorney General

March 3, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Politcal Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Insiders privy to meetings between Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier and Gov. Robert Bentley claim, the Governor asked Collier to tell the State’s Attorney General’s Office that an investigation into Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart was on going, when it was not.

Bentley’s conversation with Collier was due to an investigation into allegations made by attorney and radio host, Baron Coleman, that he concluded that Hart had improperly share Grand Jury information with him. This resulted in an affidavit from Collier and Special Agent Jack Wilson, stating the Coleman allegations against Hart had no merit.
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New ALEA Affidavit Shows Bell/Coleman Contacted Law Enforcement

February 17, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—On Tuesday, the Prosecution filed a supplement to Hubbard’s Renewed Motion to Dismiss, attaching one more affidavit. The affidavit is the testimony of the Chief of Staff for Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), John Taylor, Exhibit A.

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In the affidavit, Taylor says that he was contacted by Hubbard’s attorney, Lance Bell, “on behalf” of Baron Coleman on January 5, to arrange a meeting between Coleman and ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier.
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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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