Judge rules most of Spencer Collier lawsuit can move forward

November 10, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge has ruled that most of former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier’s lawsuit against former Gov. Robert Bentley, Rebekah Mason, Mason’s RCM Communications, former ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler and ALEA General Counsel Michael Robinson can move forward.

Collier has accused Bentley, Mason and the others of violating his privacy, defaming him and conspiring to prevent him from getting a job after Bentley fired him from ALEA in 2016.

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Stan Stabler leaves position at Alabama Law Enforcement Agency

April 13, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY — Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Stan Stabler is the next to go amid staff shakeups at the Governor’s Office. Gov. Kay Ivey accepted Stabler’s resignation on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Ivey requested letters of resignation from all of former Gov. Robert Bentley’s staff and appointed cabinet members. So far, she has accepted Stabler’s and Jon Mason’s. A spokesperson for ALEA said Stabler would be retiring after submitting paperwork Wednesday morning.

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Bill to break up ALEA gets favorable report

April 13, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Alabama House State Government Committee gave a favorable report to House bill 425, which would undo a key Bentley Administration policy and break up the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA). This on the same day that ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler retired under pressure from new Governor Kay Ivey (R).

HB425 was sponsored by Representative Phillip Pettus (R-Killen). Rep. Pettus said that ALEA was created in 2013. This bill would undo those changes and would bring everything back to where it was before ALEA.
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Governor renews immunity claims in former ALEA secretary’s lawsuit

January 10, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Robert Bentley last week reiterated claims that he, as a constitutional officer of the State of Alabama, has immunity from civil action, especially from the lawsuit filed last year by former Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier.

Collier filed a defamation and wrongful termination lawsuit last year after he was fired by Bentley in March.

Bentley’s filing last week asked the Court to dismiss the lawsuit against him and current ALEA Secretary Stan Stabler, who stepped into the role after Collier’s termination. According to Bentley’s attorneys, he is immune from civil action because of his role as a constitutional officer.

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New filing claims Bentley used State resources to destroy a political enemy

December 22, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

It should come as no surprise that former top law enforcement officer Spencer Collier is filling in the blanks on fictitious defendants in his defamation and wrongful termination suit against Gov. Robert Bentley, Rebekah Caldwell Mason the Governor’s alleged lover, Mason’s husband Jon and a host of others.

What is consequential in the filing is Collier showing the pattern and practice of Bentley using State personnel and resources to damage a political enemy personally and professionally.
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Bentley denies Lewis allegations; calls suit a “Shakedown”

November 24, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) former chief bodyguard, Ray Lewis, filed a lawsuit claiming among many other things, that the Governor and his former top political advisor Mrs. Rebekah Caldwell Mason have lied about him claiming overtime that was not approved and they have harmed his reputation in order to cover up their illicit affair.

Gov. Bentley is denying all of Lewis’s accusations.
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Nixonian plots, half-wit schemes

November 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The scheme to defame the State’s former top law enforcement officer, Spencer Collier, is very similar to the New Jersey “Bridgegate” trial that has seen two of Governor Chris Christies’s allies convicted of using state resources and personnel for political retribution.

Now, an investigation by Senators Gerald Dial and Quintin Ross has discovered that a “dirty tricks” operation used State assets and employees to derail the election of Dr. Craig Pouncey as Alabama’s school superintendent in much the same way.
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Political Revenge, Schemes, Blowback

November 7, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

What do a conviction in New Jersey and a Montgomery Special Grand Jury have in common?

That is a question worthy of consideration, given recent events surrounding an ongoing investigation that appears to target Governor Robert Bentley and others in his political orbit.

The latest indication is that the Governor and his closest associates may be in the crosshairs of a criminal probe, over the firing of former ALEA Chief Spencer Collier and Bentley’s alleged affair with his former special advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
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Collier Accuses Governor of Using ALEA as a “Political Tool”

October 21, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
The Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier — who was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing Thursday by a Montgomery County Special Grand Jury — said Friday that he believes Gov. Robert Bentley used ALEA as a “political tool.”

“It is now abundantly clear that the governor and Secretary [Stan] Stabler used substantial State law enforcement resources as a political tool,” according to a press release Friday. “The ALEA investigation was based on conjecture, rumors and false information. As a result, this investigation has called into serious question the integrity of the ALEA Integrity Unit.”
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Grand Jury Clears Former ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier

October 20, 2016

By Chip Brownlee
The Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—A Special Grand Jury empaneled to investigate former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier on Thursday cleared the former secretary of any criminal violations and said there was “no credible basis for the initiation of a criminal inquiry in the first place,” according to the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.

“In the course of the investigation, no witness provided credible evidence of criminal ‘misuse of State funds,'” Attorney General Luther Strange said in a statement Thursday. “No witness provided credible evidence of any other criminal violation on the part of former Secretary Collier.”
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