JIC’s bogus, twisted excuses for denying records in Moore case

December 21, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The Special Alabama Supreme Court appointed to hear the appeal of Chief Justice Roy Moore suspension on December 7, sent an order to the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) giving them fourteen days to show cause as to why the Motion to Intervene and Unseal filed by The Alabama Political Reporter should not be granted.

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The JIC on Monday, December 19, answered the court, claiming it had a constitutional mandate to keep all records confidential. So insistent on this position under the State’s 1901 Constitution, they cited the provision no less than five times.
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No Charges Against Hillary Clinton; So There, Hillary Haters

July 6, 2016

By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

Hillary haters must be banging their heads against the wall today.

Many predicted indictments against presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over her use of a personal e-mail server during her tenure as Secretary of State.

FBI Director James Comey ended their giddy wishes Tuesday when he recommended no charges be filed against Clinton on the email question.

In 25 years of public office, probably no couple has been vilified and investigated as much as the Clintons. No accusation has ever stuck.
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Overcriminalization and Mass Incarceration: SCOTUS’ Decision in Hobbs Act Will Increase Both

June 30, 2016

By Donnie W. Bethel and Stephen A. Cooper

People of all persuasions, political parties, and philosophies have awakened to the terrible toll the crises of overcriminalization and mass incarceration have wrought on America.

Perhaps, as reported by The New York Times, Judge Raymond J. Dearie of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn has now voiced his view of this disturbing trend better than anyone else. Judge Dearie, a former prosecutor and once the United States Attorney in Brooklyn, plaintively asked: “Why this love affair in this country with lengthy incarceration, to our great embarrassment as a civilized nation?”
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Judge Jacob Walker, III: The Last Man Standing

March 7, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

There is one man standing who has the power to declare every hint of political corruption in our state will face swift justice. That man is Judge Jacob Walker, III.

As the hands of time tick steadily toward March 28, he alone is the last man untarnished by Speaker Mike Hubbard’s continuous assaults.

Even before his indictment on 23 felony counts of public corruption, Hubbard employed every political trick, engaged every political friend and sought to destroy all foes real and imagined to avoid his day in court.
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Time to Lend the Poor a Hand by Shining a Light on Lawsuit Lending

January 21, 2016

By State Senator Cam Ward

For decades, Alabama was known as “tort hell.” The legal environment was tilted toward plaintiffs and businesses were taking it hard on the chin. This made some trial lawyers very wealthy, but it cost Alabama untold thousands of jobs as businesses and doctors went elsewhere.

During the 1990s, voters flipped the appellate and Supreme Court to Republican justices. In 2010, the people of Alabama elected a conservative, Republican majority to the Legislature. Common sense reforms since then have brought Alabama’s legal environment back to healthy balance.
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Sponsored Content, Gray Area Articles

November 30, 2015

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Sponsored content on internet blogs and publications is a growing source of revenue and a cause for concern. Big players like The New York Times and Forbes’ Brand Voice are offering sponsored content as is al.com. The sponsored material is clearly labeled so that the reader should not be confused as to what is news and what is paid editorial.

But there are many websites that offer paid content without identifying the source, which is potentially illegal and certainly an ethical gray area, especially when it comes to politics.
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