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Sheriff sued by blogger for warden-related computer seizure

A Falkville woman claims Sheriff Ana Franklin temporarily shut down her 31-employee business and terminated Morgan County Jail Warden Leon Bradley in retaliation for her blog critical of the sheriff.
Glenda Lockhart, owner and president of Straightline Drywall, of Falkville, filed a federal lawsuit naming Franklin and three Morgan County deputies as defendants. In the lawsuit, Lockhart and Straightline claim the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office conducted an illegal seizure of the company’s computers and violated Lockhart’s right to free speech.
Also named as defendants in the lawsuit are deputies Chad Smith, Robert Wilson and Blake Robinson.
Lockhart said after a hearing at the federal building in Birmingham on Friday morning that her computers were returned to her attorney’s office.
Lockhart said Franklin seized numerous computers and electronic devices from her workplace because of a blog she manages called Morgan County Whistleblowers.
“I absolutely believe this is in retaliation against the whistleblowers,” Lockhart said Friday.
Lockhart's lawsuit alleged Franklin and the other defendants' "unlawful and unjustified actions were taken in an effort to suppress and retaliate against Lockhart's lawful speech in the Whistleblower Blog." 
Franklin disagreed.
“This has absolutely nothing to do with that website,” she said. “That thing has been going on for years.”
According to the search warrant affidavit, signed by Robinson, "law enforcement documents that were under the care and control of Leon Bradley were published on the 'Morgan County Whistleblower.' "
The Sheriff's Office executed the search warrant on Lockhart's business one day after executing a similar search warrant at Bradley's home. Morgan County Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson issued both warrants.
The Oct. 5 search warrant affidavit for Lockhart's business states the search of Bradley's residence showed he forwarded work emails to his personal email address, and "this email was then forwarded to Glenda Lockhart, the administrator of the blog."
Bradley, the warden for 13 years, was fired Oct. 14 after “an ongoing investigation.” Franklin said the investigation involved computer tampering, which can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony. No charges have been filed against the former warden.
“We are still analyzing the evidence and I’m not sure when criminal charges may be levied,” Franklin said.
Bradley said he was served with a notice of Franklin's intent to terminate him at the time his Southwest Decatur home was searched.
Bradley declined comment Friday afternoon.
According to Robinson's affidavit in support of the Lockhart search, a “reliable confidential informant stated that he saw law enforcement sensitive documents as emails and also hard copy files at the office of Glenda Lockhart at the business of Straightline Drywall.”
Robinson also cited a confidential informant in support of the search warrant for Bradley's home.
Morgan County sheriff's deputies seized 17 items from Straightline, according to the search warrant return, including computers, USB flash drives and collections of documents.
“I’m very happy for the return of our computers,” Lockhart said. “We have a lot of catching up to do as we have not had access to our computers for more than two weeks.”
Franklin said she understands the seizure of equipment hurt the business.
“We made arrangements above normal time to get the computers back to her as quickly as possible,” the sheriff said.
She said the majority of the items seized have been returned and the remainder will be returned following the conclusion of forensic analysis.
Lockhart said representatives of Straightline, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office attorney Barney Lovelace and Franklin attended the Friday morning hearing in Birmingham.
Lovelace said the Sheriff's Office voluntarily returned Lockhart's computers Friday, 16 days after they were seized.
"The items were returned after the state forensic analysts had completed copying the hard drives and retained them for examination," Lovelace said.
The Sheriff's Office had opposed the federal court's involvement in the case, saying it was a matter for the state courts. The court on Friday morning, however, rejected the argument.
Straightline is a federal contractor that installs specialty drywall and acoustical products, primarily in federal structures. The lawsuit claims the company could not conduct business without the seized electronic devices. Straightline said in the suit the seized property included information involving $5 million of ongoing contract data and about $35,000 in software.
256-340-2442 or mike.wetzel@decaturdaily.com. Twitter @DD_Wetzel.


  Ana do you really think your employees who have heard what you have said do not read the blog and know the truth?  Do you really think that sales of the Decatur Daily and views of their online news has not gone up and that many of their viewers are not employees that know the truth of what you have said and done? They know what you have said about the whistleblowers, no doubt.  They cant speak out about much of it because you will strip them of their livelihood as you have done with many others.  Your employees know the truth and as much as you try to spin and or manipulate them to believe the crap you put out they know the truth.  Soon, so many who follow this blog and the ever increasing media coverage will also know the truth.   Is it true that you told Robert ( Bones ) Wilson that if the Whistleblower was still around you would not run and that Bones knew what that would mean for him?  Of coarse Bones would know without you in office he would be without a Law Enforcement job anywhere. Bet you wont answer that honestly.   Do you think you will have a chance or ability to run again?  You can't say one thing to your employees and another to the Media and expect it to not be known.  You and others cant keep the story straight.  Deal with the truth and do what is right and this would have never been an issue.       

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