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Rumors Swirl Around Lee County Grand Jury: Stay Calm and Carry On

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Over the weekend, rumors were circulating that Matt Hart, head to the Attorney General White Collar Crime Unit and leader of the Special Lee County Grand Jury investigations, had been fired from his post.

Later, the rumor mill began to spread that Hart had been reassigned but would remain in control over the Lee County investigation.

Almost all of the rumor’s led back to an unidentified attorney and to former Gov. Bob Riley and his daughter Minda.

Many said that the Riley’s were bragging on how they had, “…handled Matt Hart.”

Numerous calls to the the AG Office requesting information have gone unanswered on Monday and today.

However, while the details of events are still developing, can report with certainty that Matt Hart remains a the helm of the Lee County Investigation and that Special Attorney General W. Van Davis has the case in hand.

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Davis is a well-respected former St. Clair County DA, who was appointed Special Attorney General after Luther Strange recused himself from the Lee County investigation.

As has been reported by, we believe that the Lee County Special Grand Jury is investigating possible corruption by Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) and his close associates.

Some 20 plus legislators have appeared before the Grand Jury and we feel confident that the investigation will be concluded under the leadership of Hart and Davis.


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Bill Britt is editor-in-chief at the Alabama Political Reporter and host of The Voice of Alabama Politics. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter.



With more than half of his sentence remaining, Hubbard's legal team filed a motion on Sept. 10 requesting early release.

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