Tuscaloosa drug gang leader gets 25 years

December 1, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler sentenced the leader of a drug ring trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine in Tuscaloosa County to 25 years in prison.

The lengthy sentence was announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido and West Alabama Narcotics Task Force Captain Phil Simpson.

“Multiple law enforcement agencies came together in this investigation and successfully took down an established cocaine- and methamphetamine-trafficking organization in the Tuscaloosa area,” Town said. “This is an outstanding example of how robust partnerships between every level of law enforcement enables the dismantling of drug smuggling organizations and reduces the availability of illegal narcotics in our communities.”

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Muscle Shoals man pleads guilty to producing child pornography

November 28, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

A Colbert County man pleaded guilty to producing child pornography between 1997 and 1998.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Principle Deputy Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) Special Agent in Charge Ray Parmer made the announcement.

Charles Mark McCormack, age 54, of Muscle Shoals, pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Karon O. Bowdre.  Sentencing is set for April 3 in Huntsville.

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Moore campaign says Jones supports “Bernie Sanders style economics”

November 27, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore blasted his opponent, Doug Jones for supporting “Bernie Sanders style economics” that the Moore campaign claimed, “would crush small businesses, stifle the free market, and make it harder for everyday Alabamians to put food on the table.”

“Small businesses account for around two-thirds of American jobs,” Moore said. “Alabama business owners and entrepreneurs work hard every day to provide quality products, services, and jobs to our communities and they deserve to reap all of the benefits of a free market that is unencumbered by the burdens of the federal government. As your next United States Senator, I will work hard to roll back unnecessary government regulations, remove tax rules that punish small business owners, and join the President in promoting economic policies that put the needs of the American people first.”

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Montez Butler gets 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm

November 17, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 16, 2017 U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. announced that Keyon Montez Butler (24) of Montgomery, Alabama was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Federal law prohibits a person convicted of a felony from possessing firearms or ammunition. Butler was found guilty of the charge after a trial that took place in June 2017.

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Vestavia doctor charged with illegally prescribing opioids at Moody “pill mill”

October 30, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, federal prosecutors charged a Vestavia Hills doctor with illegally prescribing controlled substances, including opioid painkillers, at a pain clinic in Moody, Ala.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and Drug Enforcement Administration Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bret Hamilton announced the one-count indictment of conspiracy to illegally dispense and distribute class II controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose in U.S. District Court.

Steven Bruce Hefter, allegedly prescribed controlled substances, including oxycodone, methadone and hydrocodone, outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose between 2012 and December 2015. Hefter worked at a pain management clinic in Moody that closed after investigators began looking into the clinic’s prescribing practices.

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Jones ad to highlight prosecution of 16th Street Baptist Church bombers

October 24, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, October 23, 2017 the Doug Jones for Senate Campaign announced that it is releasing two new advertisements highlighting Jones’ work prosecuting the Klansmen responsible for the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963 killing four little girls in Birmingham.

As a U.S. attorney, during the Bill Clinton administration, Jones led the successful prosecution of two of the Ku Klux Klan members responsible for the bombing, which killed four African-American girls.

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National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville receives $2 million in DOJ grants

October 17, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, U.S. Attorney Jay Town announced that the Department of Justice has awarded grants totaling $2.1 million to the National Children’s Advocacy Center for the 2017 fiscal year.

Town and NCAC Executive Director Chris Newlin said that the Huntsville Center is receiving the funding through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Victims of Child Abuse grant programs.

“I am so pleased to be able to announce that the Department of Justice has awarded grants totaling more than $2 million to the National Children’s Advocacy Center this year,” Town said. “This center is renowned for the training and support it provides the many professionals who work with child abuse victims and strive to improve the judicial system’s handling of their cases.”

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Martin says if elected as Attorney General, AG will stand for “Alabama Guardian”

October 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin (R) sent out an email announcing her plans if elected as attorney general.

“I have been traveling around the state meeting and talking with many Alabamians who are resonating with my message about why I am running as Attorney General. The AG quite simply ‘guards’ the rule of law and your safety,” Martin said.

Martin said that she would guard, “Your constitutional freedoms from assault by the left liberals or guarding against federal overreach, the prison doors and ensuring local convictions obtained by your DA are upheld on appeals & criminals serve their time, your tax dollars from wasteful spending and corrupt officials, your personal identity from computer hacks and the sanctuary of your home against domestic violence.”

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Main Super PAC that backed Strange won’t wade into Senate race for Moore just yet

October 11, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The main Republican Super PAC that bolstered Sen. Luther Strange’s primary bid won’t be wading into the competition between Chief Justice Roy Moore and his Democratic challenger, Doug Jones — at least, not just yet.

The Senate Leadership Fund — a PAC aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel, R-Ky., and Republican leadership in the Senate — is believed to have spent between $8 – 9 million in the Alabama primary over the past few months in an attempt to prop up Strange and his campaign.

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Sessions announces plan to fight violent crime

October 11, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) announced several Department of Justice actions to reduce the rising tide of violent crime in America. Foremost of those actions is the reinvigoration of “Project Safe Neighborhoods.”

“According to the FBI, the violent crime rate has risen by nearly seven percent over the past two years, and the homicide rate has risen by more than 20 percent. We cannot be complacent or hope that this is just an anomaly: we have a duty to take action,” Attorney General Sessions said in a statement.

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