According to our sources, Franklin has been using sheriff's office funds since 2014. We have checks that were written out of the inmate food funds that we published previously along with Billable Barney Lovelace's memorandum to Rick Sherman and me. We also have a document from Mr. Timmons to Sheriff Franklin telling her the funds were hers to take. Come on in, Ana the waters fine. Timmons appears to be a fairly smart person referencing the State Attorney General's Opinion dated March 17, 2008 that allows sheriffs to take inmate food funds. Apparently, he hasn't reviewed any opinions since. If he had he would have found the opinion that Sheriff Blakely received in 2011. You guys are supposed to be the law, not pick and choose which version of the opinions you like or dislike. It sounds as Timmons will support corrupt sheriffs through thick and thin. The only way to put a stop to sheriffs taking what doesn't belong to them is to change the actual law.
Timmons provided us the Alabama Code and Section to read as well see excerpts below:
We have a situation here folks. What are ya gonna believe? Timmons appears to accept the State Attorney General's Opinion. Well! That is the ones that he picks and chooses.
Here we have the most recent legal opinion. Timmons completely ignored.
Alabama Sheriff's Association Mr. Timmons favorite Legal Opinion.