Jefferson County District Attorney indicted, suspended

January 16, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

BIRMINGHAM—Jefferson County’s incoming District Attorney has been indicted on felony perjury charges just days before he is scheduled to take office.

Charles Todd Henderson, who was a surprise winner over incumbent Republican candidate Brandon Falls in November, has already been sworn in and was set to take over as the new DA on Tuesday. But under State law, a felony indictment will result in Henderson’s automatic suspension until the case can be resolved.
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Writing about politics can be depressing

December 14, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

There was a time nearly two decades ago that I was having an especially personal exam at my doctor’s office. After he finished what he had to do, I asked him how he could do that every day.

He responded immediately: “How do you cover that Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky mess every day?”

Touché, my good doctor.

I’m asked often how I manage to write about politics on a regular basis. Gee, that’s been a full-time job since 1990, when I joined the editorial board of The Birmingham News, back when it was a daily newspaper and doing some of the best journalism in the country.
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Impeachment Proceedings Suspended Due To “Active Criminal Investigation”

November 4, 2016

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

The House Judiciary committee has suspended its impeachment hearings against Governor Robert Bentley after receiving a request from the State’s Attorney General’s office citing concerns that the hearings could jeopardize the AG’s criminal investigation into a separate criminal matter.

SEE THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S LETTER

AG Luther Strange made his request to Representative Mike Jones, who chairs the House Judiciary committee, in a letter on Thursday.
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Court Justices or Court Jesters?: The Mishandling of the Moore Case

October 28, 2016

By Hannah Ford

You know it’s bad when one of Chief Justice Roy Moore’s harshest critics (apologetically) writes in his defense.

You know it’s bad when Justices refuse to unseal a critical case.

You know it’s bad when the unethical behavior of acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart and her accomplices have Alabamians worried that they may not receive a fair trial in the State’s highest court.

On Thursday, Governor Robert Bentley and acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart came together to oversee the drawing of seven retired judges who will hear the appeal of suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore (because everyone knows Bentley and Stuart are totally trustworthy!). Before the eyes of the public and the media, fifty names were drawn at “random” and then the seven who will sit on the Special Court were drawn at random.
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Will Chief Justice Roy Moore Be Denied Equal Justice?

October 24, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended for the rest of his term in office, which permanently removes him from the bench forever (Moore will be aged-out by a State statute that caps eligibility to run for a judgeship after 70).

The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to unseal the records in his case, denying the public the right to know all the facts that led to his suspension.
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Roy Moore Responds to Demands to Clean Out His Office

October 18, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 17, 2016, the suspended Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court Roy Moore (R) filed a motion to countermand the demands from Associate Supreme Court Justice Lyn Stuart (R) stating that Moore needs to clean out his office by October 18.

Stuart made the demand in two letters last week. She and Justice Michael Bolin (R) also summoned Chief Justice Roy Moore’s chief staff attorney and terminated him as well as two other full-time staff attorneys who had worked for the Chief Justice. All three had already been reassigned to work for other justices since Moore was suspended in May. A marshal and one of Stuart’s staff reportedly stayed with the three attorneys as they packed their belongings and turned in their keys.
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Dial Asks BOE To Postpone Vote On Sentance

August 31, 2016

By Susan Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY— On Tuesday, Senator Gerald Dial (R-Lineville) asked the Alabama Board of Education, in an email, to postpone finalizing the hiring of Michael Sentance as Superintendent of Education.

“It has become public that he has had his law license suspended among other concerning issues,” said Dial.

He said that it would be in the best interest of the State not to proceed, in order to allow for more time for an “investigative process” to address some outstanding issues concerning educators and legislators.
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