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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Al.com Fair and Balanced

Blogger Comments:  Folks, I feel like Pete and Repete.  Here I go again.  Sheriff Franklin is a liar.  She had lied so much she believes her own lies.  Think about it like this.  If Bradley and Glenda had committed all the felonies that Franklin claimed we would be in the jailhouse now.  I think this article helps to prove Franklin is a liar.  

Fired Morgan County Jail warden arrested for tampering with government record
By Ashley Remkus
aremkus@al.com 


The fired Morgan County Jail warden who is accused of leaking information to a blogger now faces a misdemeanor charge of tampering with governmental records.

Blogger Comments:  Folks, remember these words.  Warden Bradley faces a misdemeanor charge of tampering with governmental records. There were no FELONY charges that Sheriff Franklin lied her butt off about.  None.

Leon Bradley has been under investigation for about a year in connection with allegations he leaked sheriff's office records to Glenda Lockhart, a local woman who operates the Morgan County Whistleblower blog. The blog has for years been critical of Sheriff Ana Franklin and her office.

Bradley's charge was brought by the Etowah County Sheriff's Office, which was asked to investigate. Etowah County became involved after Franklin's deputies served a search warrant at Bradley's Decatur home and found more than 300 files, including employee, security and inmate documents, the sheriff said.

Blogger Comments:  Leon Bradley had 300 working files at his home and the investigation turned up only one document that he allegedly had at his home that may have been sensitive.  Where are the hundreds of FELONIES Franklin claimed Leon had committed?  

"It's not that he was working at home," Franklin said. "There was information given to somebody outside law enforcement."
Franklin said Bradley first came under investigation by Morgan County when law enforcement-sensitive information began showing up on Lockhart's blog.

Blogger Comments:  Let me be clear.  This sheriff is a damn liar. Warden Bradley never gave me any sensitive.  If the sheriff is telling the truth why wasn't Warden Bradley charged with those crimes, instead of a simple misdemeanor?  Every supervisor worth their weight takes their work home.  By the way, where does Sheriff Franklin perform her work?  How many documents, computers, and other sheriff's office information is sitting in her home right now?  

Bradley, 62, was fired in October for violating sheriff's office policies. He had been the warden since 2003.

Court documents made public today do not suggest Bradley is charged with a crime for leaking documents, but rather for having the records. An arrest affidavit states: "A person commits the crime of tampering with governmental records if knowing he lacks the authority to do so, he intentionally destroys, mutilates, conceals, removes or otherwise substantially impairs the verity or availability of concealed records."

Blogger Comments:  Folks, I can't say it enough.  The Sheriff of Morgan County, Sheriff Ana Franklin is a liar.  Warden Bradley wasn't charged with a crime of leaking documents because it is a lie. Will this sheriff ever stop lying?  Yes.  When she is safely locked behind prison walls.  The documents Warden Bradley had at his home were working documents.  Work is something Franklin knows nothing about.  

"In according with this statute, Leon Bradley held under his control volumes of government records without legitimate authority," Etowah County Investigator Stephen McGlathery wrote in court records. "According to the MCSO Leon Bradley continued to maintain control of these records despite being directly ordered otherwise by the Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin."

Blogger Comments:  At this point, it is too early to tell what will happen during Leon's hearing.  Charges is one thing conviction is another.  

Huntsville lawyers Nick Heatherly and Robert Tuten are representing Bradley.


"He maintains his innocence," Heatherly said. "He did not do anything wrong. He has been in law enforcement for years with an unblemished record until this."

The ex-warden declined to comment publicly.

The search warrants
Search warrants issued last October were used to seize computers, records and files from Bradley's home as well as Lockhart's business. Lockhart operated the blog from her personal computer that typically was kept at Straightline Drywall and Acoustical, LLC, a federal contractor that installs drywall and acoustical products. The business is located in Falkville, a small town in south Morgan County.


When sheriff's investigators examined Bradley's work email, they found he had been forwarding law enforcement documents to his personal email account, then passing them on to Lockhart, according to the search warrant.

Blogger Comments. Ho Hum....

The search warrants were signed by Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson. Lockhart has filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff and several deputies, claiming "any basis presented to Judge Thompson for the seizure of Straightline and my computers was false and/or misleading. There was no possible legal basis for the taking, as Straightline nor I possess no work product of the Morgan County Sheriff's Department unless it was made publicly available and lawful to possess."

Blogger Comments:  I think anybody who can read realizes that Sheriff Ana Franklin is nothing but a liar.  The computers forensics Franklin had performed on my computers would have yielded an arrest had she been telling the truth.  Sheriff Franklin is a liar.

Lockhart claims Franklin illegally gathered information for a search warrant by paying an informant to break-in, hack and steal data from her home and business offices.


Why did a blogger sue a sheriff who fired her jail warden?

The case is related to a blog called the Morgan County Whistleblower. For years, the blog has featured articles critical of Sheriff Ana Franklin.

The informant, Lockhart's grandson Daniel, said in a sworn statement that he was paid to install keylogger software on his grandmother's computer. The software was provided by the sheriff's office, he said in a November 2016 deposition.

Blogger Comments:  It is obvious that Sheriff Franklin does not know the legalities of using informants.  She violated every rule in the book.  Maybe Franklin would like to tell our readers the tactics she used to get Daniel to betray his family.

Daniel Lockhart said he was approached in August 2016 by sheriff's deputy Sgt. Blake Robinson. Robinson, who worked with Daniel Lockhart at the Falkville Volunteer Fire Department, offered to pay him for gathering information about any sheriff's office employees who were providing information to the blog.

Blogger Comments:  

At the time, Daniel Lockhart, a 2016 graduate of Falkville High School in Morgan County, was 20 years old. He was working at his grandmother's business at the time and said he made a copy of a key he borrowed from her so he could get into the property after hours.
Glenda Lockhart (Courtesy photo) (Ashley Remkus | aremkus@al.com)
In the statement, the 20-year-old said he took pictures of emails between his grandmother and the ex-warden, as well as correspondence she had with Chris Hendon, an FBI agent. Daniel Lockhart said he hacked his grandmother's Gmail account and the blog.

The keylogger software captured his grandmother's passwords, which Daniel Lockhart wrote down and gave to the sheriff's office, he claimed in the statement.

Glenda Lockhart has not been charged with a crime.

The criminal charge

According to the Etowah County investigative report, Bradley was told during a command staff meeting nearly two years earlier that he wasn't supposed to keep employee files. The sheriff said in a statement to investigators that she learned during that meeting that Bradley had been keeping employee documents in his office -- instead of in their official personnel files with Human Resources.
"Upon learning of this, I told Leon Bradley that no one was to have any employee files, documents or records pertaining to employees," Franklin wrote in a May 1, 2017 email to investigators.
Also present at the command staff meeting were Capt. Ron Livingston, Jail Administrator Larry Berzett and Chief Deputy Mike Corley. In emails to investigators, they also confirm Bradley was told at the meeting not to keep employee records, according to court documents.
The records mentioned during that meeting were among those found during the search of Bradley's home.

Blogger Comments:  Sure! The sheriff tells Bradley all she said she did.  The sheriff of Morgan County is a liar.  The truth will come out.

Local prosecutors and judges are recusing themselves from the case. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshal's Office is prosecuting Bradley. It's unclear when the case will be assigned to an outside judge.

If convicted, Bradley faces no more than a year in a county jail and a $6,000 fine. Bradley was booked into the jail this past Friday and released on $300 bail.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Morgan County Sheriff's Office have visitors

Deutsch (German) Police Officers (Polizei) are visiting the Morgan County Jail today.  Is Frau Ana in the office and does she Sprechen Sie Deutch?  We hear that Franklin is walking around in all her glory.

We sent them the whistleblower blog address.  No need in those across the pond being deceived like the rest of us....






Sheriff Franklin's immunity

Blogger Comments:  Excerpts from the December 16 story on Sheriff Franklin is as follows:

Franklin denies the allegations. In October, Franklin told us that the raid on Lockhart’s business was part of a criminal investigation and had nothing to do with the blog. As of December 7th, the blog was still up and running with recent posts. Interestingly, in its response to the lawsuit, the Morgan County Sheriff's Office claims that even if the allegations were true, they don't violate any wiretapping laws, and the Sheriff would have governmental immunity anyway.  Franklin believes she has governmental immunity from every situation she gets herself into.  She better hope she does.  

Franklin also thought she had immunity when she caused a serious accident that severely injured a man and his wife early one morning in South Alabama on her way home from visiting her newest boyfriend. Franklin also confirmed that Daniel Lockhart was a paid informant, my grandson, to do her dirty work.  So what are the criminal offenses that Franklin claims she has against Glenda Lockhart?  Where are the arrest warrants on Lockhart for placing sheriff's office confidential information on the blog?  There isn't an arrest warrant because Sheriff Ana Franklin lied her butt off.  What criminal actions did Lockhart take against the sheriff or any other citizen?  Since no charges were filed against the whistleblower, doesn't that mean that the Sheriff spoke out of turn and should not have slandered the whistleblower before she knew what she was talking about?  Franklin and Billable Barney Lovelace both slandered the whistleblower.  Why? To destroy the credibility and the reputation of a person and a business.

When will this madness end?    


Morgan Co. sheriff fires back against lawsuit allegations she paid for info on blogger



 
Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin (Source: WAFF)Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin (Source: WAFF)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -
Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin has responded to a lawsuit against her and her deputies. During a press conference on Wednesday, Franklin denied they did anything illegal in the investigation into a blogger who's suing her and others.
Franklin addressed information published by WAFF 48's news partners at the Decatur Daily about a sworn deposition given by Daniel Lockhart of Falkville, in which he said he was paid to hack his grandmother's computers. He says he was then called him to a tense, late-night meeting with Franklin in her office once the FBI found out about it.
His grandmother, Glenda Lockhart, runs the MorganCountyWhistleblower blog, which is highly critical of Franklin and some of her deputies.
Franklin fired warden Leon Bradley in October for allegedly passing on confidential sheriff's office information that ended up on that blog. Computers at Glenda Lockhart's business were seized during a raid.
Franklin confirmed that Lockhart was paid as an informant in the investigation as part of his agreement with the Morgan County Drug Task Force, and said the investigation into his grandmother is not political payback.
"Nothing was ever done in retaliation to Ms. Lockhart during the number of years that this blog has gone on. Not until her personal agenda, her hatefulness and her vengeance to try and tear this office down, to take this office and myself down, and prepare for another election, did she cross the line of criminal activity," Franklin said. "Citizens are able to have their opinion. They're able to exercise their rights. They're able to discuss freely their opinions politically and personally about me and my office. But they are not able to take criminal actions against this office or any other citizen without being held accountable."
Lockhart claims a Morgan County corrections officer gave him keylogging software and told him to install it on his grandmother's computers, then give the deputy  the passwords it collected. Less than a week later, his grandmother’s business was raided by Morgan County investigators.
Judge Glenn Thompson signed a warrant allowing the seizure of the computers.
Glenda Lockhart's lawsuit claims the sheriff's office violated her First Amendment rights.
Franklin said Lockhart, Bradley and possibly others broke the law. She said they haven't been charged yet because of the time it takes to sort out digital data evidence.
According to the deposition obtained by our news partners at the Decatur Daily, Lockhart says deputies promised him thousands of dollars for the information in September. He claims he was paid $300 by one deputy, and $200 by another. Lockhart was an employee at his grandmother's business and  says he snuck into the building after hours to install the software.
After installing the keylogging software, Lockhart claims he gave the deputies the passwords they wanted. A few days later, on October 5th, Morgan County investigators raided Glenda Lockhart's business and seized the computers.
Lockhart says the FBI contacted him about the incident the same day. Lockhart’s business has federal contracts. He claims he told federal agents about the spyware. Two days later, Lockhart claims he was summoned to Franklin's office for a tense, late-night, hour-long meeting where Franklin asked him about his conversations with the FBI.
Glenda Lockhart's lawsuit claims that the computers seized from her office were returned two weeks later, badly damaged an inoperable. Lockhart claims that caused her problems operating her business effectively.
Franklin denies the allegations. In October, Franklin told us that the raid on Lockhart’s business was part of a criminal investigation and had nothing to do with the blog. As of December 7th, the blog was still up and running with recent posts. Interestingly, in its response to the lawsuit, the Morgan County Sheriff's Office claims that even if the allegations were true, they don't violate any wiretapping laws, and the Sheriff would have governmental immunity anyway.
You can read much more about this story now on our news partner's site DecaturDaily.com
Copyright 2016 WAFF. All rights reserved.

Blogger Comments:  Two good judges are retiring which is worrisome for those of us who wonder what role Judge Jennifer Howell will play in the future.  How did Jennifer Howell go from being fired from the DA's office to judge?  The answer is simple.  Sheriff Ana Franklin fought hard to get Howell elected.  At the time Sheriff Franklin was very popular with the people.  Judge Jennifer Howell and her husband have been as big a part as Sheriff Ana Franklin in misusing inmate labor at their home.  Sure they paid the inmates, paid them a lot which showed up on the MCSO books.  That still does not make it right for a sitting judge and the sheriff to use inmate labor at their homes.  Both did.  

Decatur Daily reports:

Clearing the bench: Two longtime judges to retire


  • By Evan Belanger Staff Writer
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  • Updated 


  • Two Morgan County circuit judges, including the county’s last elected Democrat, plan to step aside next year.
    Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson, Place 2, and Circuit Judge Steven Haddock, Place 3, both said last week they will not seek re-election.
    Thompson, 65, a Democrat, and Haddock, 64, a Republican, were both elected in 1994, and both would be eligible for their fifth six-year terms under a state law that sets the age limit for judges at 70 when they take their oaths of office.
    “I’m in good health, and I love what I do, but I’m not going to live forever, and there are other things I’d like to do,” Thompson said.
    Haddock said his decision was based, in part, on increased legislative involvement in the judicial system over the past decade that has taken away some judicial discretionary power when it comes to sentencing.
    “It has changed tremendously, and I think that has some part to play,” he said.
    Since 2013, the court system has been operating under mandatory sentencing guidelines set by the Alabama Sentencing Commission when it comes to nonviolent offenders. The guidelines allow judges to sentence offenders to higher or lower sentences only in special circumstances.
    They were made mandatory by the Legislature in a bid to address the state’s overpopulated prison system.
    “I do have a problem with the Legislature telling me, when I have somebody on probation, that I can’t revoke that probation, even when that probation has been violated,” Haddock said last week.
    Thompson acknowledged the court system has changed significantly during his tenure but said it was not part of his decision to retire.
    “It’s just the way it is,” he said of the guidelines.
    Overall, Haddock said he has enjoyed his tenure as a judge and wants to “go out on top.”
    “It’s been a lot of joy in doing this work. Of course there’s been frustrations, and I think those frustrations have been more frequent as times go on. I don’t see that changing,” he said.
    Thompson holds the distinction of being the last elected Democrat in the county.
    “I’ve just never seen the need to change. I’m not Republican, and that’s for sure,” Thompson said.
    In 2012, as many Alabama Democrats were either changing parties or losing re-election bids in the Obama era, Thompson successfully defeated Republican challenger Buddie Brown, taking 52.75 percent of the vote.
    That same year, former Democratic Circuit Judge Sherrie Paler, who first took office with Thompson and Haddock in 1994, lost her re-election bid to Republican Jennifer Howell, and Haddock, who was first elected as a Democrat, ran unopposed as a Republican.
    Howell, who took 56.23 percent of the vote in 2012, said last week she will definitely seek re-election to a second term in the Place 1 seat on the circuit court next year.
    Thompson said his decision to not seek re-election had nothing to do with partisan politics and was based solely on his desire to enjoy retirement.
    “I’m certainly not afraid to run. I think I’ve proven myself,” he said.
    Noting a host of Republican scandals, including House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s removal from office last year, former Gov. Robert Bentley’s resignation, and former Chief Justice Roy Moore’s suspension, Thompson said Democratic candidates stand a better chance of winning next year than they did a decade ago.
    “If there are Democrats out there, they have a decent shot,” he said.
    Despite that prediction, Thompson also cast doubt on the odds of any Democratic candidates emerging to seek his former seat.
    “I don’t know anybody who wants to take the risk of running as a Democrat in Morgan County right now,” he said. “In the foreseeable future, I’m not sure anybody will be signing up in Morgan County to run as a Democrat.”
    Ernestine Elliott, chairwoman of the Morgan County Democratic Party executive committee, said Friday she was unaware the county’s last remaining elected Democrat was not planning to seek re-election, but the local party would do its best to field candidates for both Thompson’s and Haddock’s seats.
    “We’re going to have to get busy,” she said.
    At least two Republican candidates have already emerged in hopes of replacing the outgoing judges.
    Morgan County Assistant District Attorney Charles Elliott, 33, has taken a leave of absence from the DA's office and formed a campaign committee to seek Thompson’s Place 2 seat, and Stephen Brown, 45, a partner at Harris, Caddell & Shanks law firm in Decatur, said he is running for Haddock’s Place 3 seat.
    Thompson said the judgeships should be nonpartisan, but filing fees that go to the state parties perpetuate the system.
    “It has nothing whatsoever to do with the job you do. It’s all a matter of collecting money for the state party, and it’s just a terrible way of running state politics, but that’s just the way we do that in Alabama, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon,” he said.
    With two veteran judges set to retire, the change is likely to shuffle the division of caseload between the judgeships.
    According to Circuit Court Clerk Chris Priest, Thompson currently gets two-thirds of the county’s criminal cases, one-third of the civil cases, and oversees drug court, a pre-trial diversion program, in addition to hearing some domestic trials.
    Haddock handles one-third of the criminal cases, one-third of the civil cases and half of all domestic cases. Howell handles one-third of the civil cases, one-half of the domestic cases and all protection-from-abuse orders.
    “Their experience is going to be missed in Morgan County,” Priest said of the outgoing judges, who will have served 24 years each by the time they finish their terms.
    The base annual pay for circuit judges in Alabama is $119,949.

Monday, September 18, 2017

What can we expect when Sheriff Ana Franklin is arrested?

Charlie Morris Heads to Prison

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Newschannel 7’s Alex Denis says, "Former Sheriff Charlie Morris faced a maximum sentence of 85 years in federal prison for his crimes. In court Tuesday morning he was sentenced to nearly six years behind bars."
"I accept the sentence imposed upon me today and I make no excuses for my behavior whatsoever. I just wanted to say I'm sorry to the people of Okaloosa County," says former sheriff Charlie Morris.
Standing on the Federal Court House steps with tears in his eyes, Charlie Morris accepted responsibility for his creation of a kick-back scheme that stole taxpayer's money and apologized for hurting the people of Okaloosa County.
In a packed courtroom Tuesday morning judge Lacey Collier listened to a similar apology then had some comments of his own.
Before handing out Morris' sentence judge Collier said Morris had tarnished the badge of every law enforcement officer in the area and for that he must bear the responsibility.
Morris was sentenced to 5 years and 11 months behind bars- the maximum sentence of the recommend guideline noted in the sentencing report.
"Mr. Morris is satisfied. It's a fair sentence," says Morris’ attorney Joe Hammons.
Morris was also ordered to pay $212,000 in restitution to the Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners and forfeit $194,000 in property.
Prosecutor Randy Hensel says he is happy with Morris' punishment and hopes it helps re-build the public's faith in the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.
"I hope this case and the prosecution helps restore in the citizens of Okaloosa county respect and faith in law enforcement and I hope this is not a reflection by the public on the good work of the road deputies and the men and women of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Department," says Hensel.
Before leaving the courtroom, Morris' wife Barbara, his pastor and other friends and family members sat quietly as Morris read a written statement thanking the federal agents who investigated the case saying:
"There is no doubt that they saved me from a fast track to self destruction. I am convinced that when I come out on the other side of this tragedy, I will be a better man, husband, son, brother, father, grandfather and friend to everyone with whom I am blessed to share what remains of my life."
In the mean time Morris says he takes full responsibility for his actions.
"I want to apologize and say I'm sorry to the good people of Okaloosa County and to the former employees of the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. I made some abomination decisions in which I take full responsibility." 
The court has order Morris to turn himself in September 28th to begin serving his sentence. 
Morris' assistant Teresa Adams will be sentenced August 25th.



Kickback Scheme: Florida Sheriff Indicted For Allegedly Doling Out Bonuses Then Stealing the Money

Okaloosa County Sheriff Charles "Charlie" Morris, 59, and his former administrative director, Teresa Adams, 50, are alleged to have run a kickback scheme in which they gave fictitious bonuses to sheriff's department employees, who were then directed to return some or all of the bonus money to them via cash or cashier's check. The employees were reportedly told the money would be given to charity.
But a joint investigation by the FBI and IRS alleges that after the sheriff handed out $194,002 in bonuses, $115,500 was returned in kickbacks.
Morris and Adams gave bonuses to 15 employees ranging from $3000 to $15,000, with kickbacks ranging from $1000 to $12,000, according to the federal indictment federal indictment returned by a grand jury.
"It was further part of this conspiracy that the accounting entries and payroll records… pertaining to the employees who received these illegal bonus payments with subsequent kickback payments were falsified so as to conceal from auditors' review the nature and degree of the kickbacks ultimately received" by the sheriff, according to the indictment.
Morris and Adams were arrested Feb. 27 – she in Florida, while the sheriff was apprehended by federal agents during a trip to Las Vegas. A federal indictment was returned against them last week. They are expected to be arraigned on the charges this morning in federal court.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist suspended Morris in February and appointed an interim sheriff while the case plays out.
The interim sheriff – Ed Spooner – told ABCNews.com that "a lot of innocent people were hurt" by what's happened.
"Here's the sheriff of the county… He's the president of the Florida Sheriffs Association, he's been in office for 12 years, just been re-elected," Spooner said. "There was no reason for an employee not in the investigative field to believe he did anything wrong. He just preyed on these people."

Florida Sheriff Gives Statement to ABC News Affiliate

Morris did not immediately return a call from ABCNews.com, but in a statement to ABC News affiliate WEAR-TV, he said, "The allegations against me are serious and I have retained counsel to represent me. I have cooperated with the government in its investigation and I look forward to a full and fair hearing on the charges. My attorneys have advised me not to answer any questions at this time, and I am following the advice of my lawyers."
Adams, who was fired after she was arrested, could not be reached for comment.
If convicted on all six counts, Morris and Adams could face 75 years in prisons and up to $1.25 million in fines.

Strange very Strange

Blogger Comments:  Strange and Sheriff Ana Franklin have a lot in common.  If their nose grew each time they told a lie they would have the nose of Pinocchio.  During the Baldwin County Republicans event on September 16 Strange said that "I created, when no one else would, the best public corruption unit in the United States of America to follow the truth where it led which included the Speaker of the House of Alabama," Strange said after he spoke before a group of Republicans in Robertsdale Saturday. "It didn't win me any political friends." Big Luther is one of the leaders of the pact when it comes to corruption, he could have written a "how to guide" on the corruption he has allowed to fester in Alabama.  Luther Strange was in bed with Bentley and he should not be allowed to live that down. 

Strange claims he created when no one else would, the best public corruption unit in the United States of America.  Really Mr. Strange?  We hand delivered volumes of information to your office on the corrupt sheriff of Morgan County.  What did you do with the information?  Ana described what you did with the information as placing it in "file 13". Isn't that the trash can?  We had valid credible information that you ignored.  Not only did you ignore the information you apparently told Ana exactly had been sent to you since she briefed the contents in open staff call.




U.S. Sen. Luther Strange meets with Baldwin County Republicans during an event at Robertsdale City Hall in Robertsdale, Ala., on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (John Sharp/jsharp@al.com).




U.S. Sen. Luther Strange is touting his approach to ethics, calling his former anti-corruption unit the "best public integrity unit" in the country during the waning days of a campaign ahead of the Sept. 26 GOP runoff.
"I'm proud of that record," said Strange, referring to the corruption unit's efforts in securing a conviction against former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard in 2016, and for getting former Sumter County Sheriff Tyrone Clark Sr. impeached.
"I created, when no one else would, the best public corruption unit in the United States of America to follow the truth where it led which included the Speaker of the House of Alabama," Strange said after he spoke before a group of Republicans in Robertsdale Saturday. "It didn't win me any political friends."
Strange's comments come as he has battled against claims, throughout the campaign, of accepting what his opponents have called an unethical appointment to the Senate in February from former Gov. Robert Bentley while the Attorney General's Office was investigating improper behavior by the governor.
Bentley resigned in April amid allegations he was having an improper relationship with a former aide, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.
Strange said he didn't believe that accepting the appointment from Bentley, to replace Attorney General Jeff Session, was problematic. Sessions resigned in February after he was confirmed to join the Trump administration as the country's top law enforcement official.
"I don't see it as an issue," Strange said. "I wouldn't be able to consider taking the appointment if I had not put together the best public integrity team in the United States that would continue to seek the truth wherever it led, which is exactly what it did and led to the removal of the governor shortly after I took the appointment," Strange said. "Clearly, there was no impropriety in anyway."
Strange's recent touting of the anti-corruption team puts the group back in the spotlight. The senator, as attorney general, formed it in 2012, two years after the Legislature adopted new ethics laws combating public corruption.
The unit's work, behind lead prosecutor Matt Hart, was magnified in 2014, when the group filed 23 counts of corruption against Hubbard.
"No one has a record that comes even close to matching mine when it comes to convicting corrupt public officials," said Strange, who then blasted his opponent, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, for being removed from the bench twice - the first time in 2003, for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Supreme Court building. He was suspended from the bench last year for ordering probate judges to withhold marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Moore's campaign did not respond to requests for comment.
"The contrast is really stark," Strange said.
Strange's emphasis on ethics, according to longtime Alabama political observers, is noteworthy.
"At least he is dealing with an issue that haunts him," said retired Athens State University political science professor Jess Brown, who has long said the Bentley appointment is a political problem for the senator. "It suggests he now knows he cannot win unless he reduces that liability and he has the benefit of Moore having no effective message regarding a salient economic issue."
William Stewart, a professor emeritus of political sciences at the University of Alabama, said Strange's recent messaging comes with some risks.
"Alabama voters are not known for insisting on the highest standard of integrity when they vote," Stewart said. "Otherwise, Alabama would not be ranked as one of the most corrupt states in the nation."
He added, "Strange's stand for strict adherence to law, including unpopular federal court decisions, is a commendable one. Win or lose, I think he will go down as a candidate of principle despite his heavy emphasis earlier in the campaign on very negative campaigning."

Be Patient

Blogger Comments:  For all of those who do not believe that corruption in the State of Alabama will no longer be tolerated you need to sit back and be patient.  The new U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Jay Town has plans according to this excerpt from the article below.   The article states "But he does have a word for the people of Alabama who care about such things, about sending corrupt politicians and their corruptors to that place that has no door knobs on the inside."

Sheriff Ana Franklin and her goons are also facing that place that has no door knobs on the inside.  

U.S. Attorney on corruption indictments: be 'patient'By John Archibald | jarchibald@al.com 
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on September 17, 2017 at 7:15 AM, updated September 17, 2017 at 7:31 AM

Jay Town, the new U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Alabama, can't talk of the things his office is investigating.
Like Drummond Coal and Balch & Bingham connections to bribed former legislator Oliver Robinson.
Or investigations surrounding the Birmingham Water Works and the people who contract with it.
But he does have a word for the people of Alabama who care about such things, about sending corrupt politicians and their corruptors to that place that has no door knobs on the inside.
"I appreciate everybody's patience," he said. "I promise there will be something forthcoming."
Which says nothing.
And everything.

Because without saying as much, the prosecutor acknowledged that - hold your horses, Alabama -- something is going to happen.
To the bribers, perhaps. Finally the bribers.
Robinson, if you recall, this month pleaded guilty to bribery, conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion. He admitted taking money from unnamed men at Balch & Bingham and Drummond. He agreed to cooperate with the feds, or risk a prison sentence of up to a century.
But a lot of people - me among them - grew concerned that Robinson was headed up the river and the two men at two of Alabama's most powerful companies had yet to even be named. They were listed in court filings as "Employee #1" and "Attorney # 1."
It only got more cloak and dagger when you consider that Attorney General Jeff Session - Town's boss - has had a long and lucrative relationship with Balch.
Town said he wanted to make it clear. He has had no conversation with Sessions or Justice about the any case in his office, and he can't fathom Sessions trying to intervene.
"If you are selling your office, or buying an office ... we're coming for you," he said.
He's putting his cards on the table, even if he's not showing them. He's saying, without saying, that those who bribed Robinson will be held to the same standard to which Robinson has been held. Which is a bold move. Because if he doesn't follow through, all anyone will remember is a bluff.
But it doesn't sound like it. Not listening to Town.
Because he doesn't just talk about how corruption is a crime against the people and affront to democracy - like all the prosecutors do.
He describes it, in a place like North Alabama where corruption has been so corrosive, as an economic assault.
"When you have corruption in a district, it's bad for the marketplace," he said. "Companies don't want to move to a community where officials are bought and sold."
Like a third world country.
Which is what this whole Robinson affair has been like. Some employees at big businesses, including Balch and Drummond, fought expansion of a Superfund site in neighborhoods north of Birmingham because they simply did not want to pay a bill to clean up pollution in neighborhoods so sick and poor they have no voice.
Except their elected representative.
And that elected representative, Robinson, was bought off by the very people who worked for the polluters. He was paid to convince them to oppose the Superfund cleanup of the area, to convince them it would be in their best interest to simply live with the toxins in their dirt.
Good for nobody. Bad for everybody.
Except the corrupt.
Town says he will go after any bad guy, and will prosecute any case he believes he can prove, no matter what the perps station in life or the power structure.
He played his cards. Even if he didn't show a thing.
John Archibald's column appears in The Birmingham News, the Huntsville Times, the Mobile Register and AL.com. Write him at jarchibald@al.com.