Zeigler warns that witness assassination in Montgomery could frighten other witnesses

October 25, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, a man was gunned down in Montgomery.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler warned that this was worse because the victim appears to have been murdered for cooperating with authorities.

Zeigler, in a statement, said the victim was killed while leaving the courthouse. He called the situation “extremely concerning.”

“Many witnesses are already reluctant to talk to investigators and to appear in court,” Zeigler said. “With the killing of a witness leaving the courthouse, that reluctance could increase, especially if the defendant and friends are known to be violent, which is often the case.
It may be that protection is needed for witnesses. Even that protection will not keep witnesses from being afraid to become involved.
Investigating and prosecuting crime depends on witnesses willing to come forward and tell what they saw. If good citizens become even more reluctant to testify, criminals will be emboldened and prosecution will become even more difficult.  The courthouse-area killing was much worse that just one more murder in Montgomery.”
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Hubbard Continues to Swipe at Judge Walker

August 8, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—In the most recent filing by convicted felon and former Speaker of the House, Mike Hubbard, he continues to accuse Judge Jacob Walker, III, of not doing his job. Hubbard asks the court for an acquittal, a new trial and other relief, citing Judge Walker allowing former Ethics Director, Jim Sumner, to testify as an expert witness, as grounds for the motion.

The motion states, “Hubbard requests a new trial under Rule 24.1(c)(2), because the State improperly presented putatively ‘expert’ testimony from witness Sumner about the meaning, purpose, and application of the laws under which Hubbard was charged.”
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Hubbard Trial Day Three: Witness Changes Testimony, Shocks Prosecution

May 27, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

OPELIKA—A series of witnesses made it clear that Speaker Mike Hubbard was intimately involved in placing language into the Medicaid portion of the General Fund Budget that would give his client, American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc. (APCI), a monopoly over the multi-million dollar Medicaid pharmacy business. That was until former Alabama Health Officer, Don Williamson, took the stand.

By all indications from the prosecution, Williamson’s testimony had significantly changed from what he had previously told them. Reliable sources say they learned Williamson’s testimony had been compromised. The two sources, who asked to remain anonymous, have informed APR that they knew Williamson was going to “walk back” his testimony 24 hours before he took the stand.
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