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Monday, September 9, 2019

Here Comes The Judge

Blogger Comments:  Order in the Courtroom here comes the judge.  Blakely appears to have lost none of his arrogance since his arrest.  He has been in office some 30 years.  He knows corruption.  He most likely helped our previous sheriff learn the ropes.  Eventually, the ropes will let you down.

Retired judge appointed for criminal case against Limestone County sheriff

A retired judge has been appointed to preside over the criminal case against Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely, who’s charged with theft and ethics crimes.
Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Parker appointed retired Colbert County Circuit Judge N. Pride Tompkins to Blakely’s case after Limestone County’s four judges recused themselves.
Tompkins retired in 2001 after serving as a judge in Colbert County for about 21 years, according to the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts. Since his retirement, Tompkins has worked in private practice in Muscle Shoals. He’s also served as a specially appointed judge in the past.

Blakely was indicted by a Limestone County grand jury this past week on 13 charges of theft and abuse of power. Among other allegations, he’s accused of illegally taking money from his campaign account and sheriff’s office funds, according to court documents. He’s charged with six felony counts of using his position or office for personal gain, six felony counts of theft and one misdemeanor theft charge.
Blakely’s attorneys have said he will plead not guilty and challenge the constitutionality of Alabama’s ethics law. In the meantime, Blakely is out of jail on bail and continuing to serve as sheriff.
A trial date hasn’t been scheduled. The case is being prosecuted by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.
Colbert County is located in northwest Alabama. The city of Tuscumbia, its county seat, is located about 50 miles southwest of Athens, the county seat of Limestone County.

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