By Byron Shehee
Alabama Political Reporter
MONTGOMERY—Attorney General Luther Strange has shared highlights of his office’s successes last year through the Alabama Attorney General’s 2014 Year-in-Review.
Strange is pleased with his office’s accomplishments in 2014 and placed them online so everyone can see his team’s effort. Attorney General Strange said, “My office works every day to ensure the physical and financial safety of the citizens of Alabama, and its lawyers handle a broad range of legal issues at both the trial and appellate level. As I continued in my major role as Coordinating Counsel for the Gulf Oil Spill litigation, 2014 rendered a huge victory against BP when the Court determined it was liable for the spill. My office is presently working on the damages portion of that case, and saving the taxpayers millions of dollars by handling this case in-house. We will continue to vigorously seek damages for Alabama and fight fraudulent claims.”
“In November, 2014, we reached another milestone with the Alabama Supreme Court’s issuance of a definitive ruling on illegal gambling—determining that bingo cannot be played on electronic machines in the State of Alabama. That opinion brought clarity, once and for all, that electronic gambling is absolutely against the law. Now, law enforcement and district attorneys across the State of Alabama can clearly enforce the laws together,” said Strange.
Other major initiatives included: oral argument and litigation before the United States Supreme Court; Safe School Awards; Teen Driver Safety; the Annual Law Enforcement Summit; and focusing on the protection of Alabama’s residents, with concentration on domestic violence, sex offenders, and human trafficking.
As in previous years, Attorney General Strange has provided the 2014 Year-In-Review electronically and it can be found at: http://www.ago.alabama.gov/Page-Year-In-Review.