Bentley-Collier lawsuit: Governor wanted his wife arrested for tapes

November 7, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Attorneys for former Gov. Robert Bentley, his top aide, Rebekah Mason, and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency officials asked a Montgomery Circuit Court judge to dismiss a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former ALEA director Spencer Collier.

After listening to about an hour of arguments from five different attorneys, Judge Greg Griffin said he will rule on the motion by noon Friday.

“I certainly don’t believe it should be dismissed and that we have a strong case,” Collier’s attorney, Kenny Mendelsohn said afterwards. “We’ll have to wait and see, but I feel pretty good about it.”

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Bentley Ordered Law Enforcement to Target Critics

March 28, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Gov. Robert Bentley pressured law enforcement officers to use federal and state resources to target those critical of his relationship with senior advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason, according to high ranking officers and staff.

In an effort to find potentially damaging information on those who spoke out against the couple, Bentley instructed top law enforcement agents to investigate private citizens, in direct conflict with the law, said those close to the matter (These individual spoke on background to alreporter.com because of a criminal investigation surrounding this and other matters).
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Judge Walker Orders Hubbard Trial April 11

March 18, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—The trial judge in the Speaker Mike Hubbard felony case made one thing perfectly clear during Thursday’s hearing: Hubbard will have his day in court very soon.

Judge Jacob Walker, III, has granted a small continuance to allow for housekeeping and any writs of mandamus, but set certain the date of April 11, for the the jury trial to began. Judge Walker set March 28 for a pre-trial conference with voir dire to follow.
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Judge Walker Issues Late Night Order on Coleman Tapes

March 14, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Despite Baron Coleman’s assurances to Judge Jacob Walker III, that he would not release taped conversations between he and Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart, the judge issued a protective order barring him from disseminating them publicly, then hours later he issued an amended version which included Coleman’s statements to the court in a closed hearing.

Coleman told the court he secretly recorded conversations between he and Hart and that he “put two and two together,” and now claims the tapes may show prosecutorial misconduct in the felony case against Speaker Mike Hubbard.
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