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Former MPD Officer Aaron Cody Smith Released on Bond Pending Appeal

Aaron Cody Smith (Source: Dale County Sheriff’s Office) The former Montgomery police officer found guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of Greg Gunn in 2016 has been released on bond pending appeal. According to court documents, Aaron Cody Smith was released from the Limestone Correctional Facility Wednesday afternoon on a $300,000 appeal bond. Retired Circuit Judge P.B. McLauchlin stated…

Alabama Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Mike Hubbard’s Appeal

Former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard wants to stay out of prison. That decision is now in the hands of the Alabama Supreme Court. Tuesday justices, heard oral arguments in Hubbard’s appeal. Hubbard was convicted of ethics violations three years ago. A jury in Lee County found him guilty of using his office as House Speaker for personal gain for…

Gardendale Won’t Appeal Blocked School Split in Desegregation Case

A mostly white Alabama city that a federal appeals court ruled cannot separate from a heavily black county school system has stopped its efforts to form its own educational district. AL.com reports Gardendale Mayor Stan Hogeland and City Schools Board of Education President Michael Hogue said in a letter Wednesday to the Jefferson County Board of Education that it won’t…

Civil Rights Groups Appeal Alabama Voter ID Ruling

Civil rights groups are again challenging a federal judge’s ruling that an Alabama law requiring government-issued photo ID for voting is not discriminatory. The Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, Greater Birmingham Ministries and minority voters filed an appeal in U.S. District Court in northern Alabama on Tuesday. The organizations sued in 2015, arguing that the law disenfranchises 100,000 voters….

Ousted House Speaker Appealing Judge Ruling of Juror Misconduct

Ousted Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard is appealing a judge’s ruling on allegations of juror misconduct during his ethics trial. Lawyers for the one-time Statehouse leader filed a notice of the challenge this week with the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. The defense is fighting the decision of a Lee County judge who dismissed Hubbard’s claims that jury members made…

Pool of Judges Selected For Roy Moore Appeal

Suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore walked out of the state courthouse after the acting chief justice refused to halt the lottery to pick the judges that will hear his appeal. The names of 50 retired judges were drawn in a lottery Thursday as potential members of the special Supreme Court for Moore’s appeal. The first seven willing judges will hear…

Retired Judges to Hear Roy Moore’s Appeal

A panel of retired judges will hear suspended Chief Justice Roy Moore’s bid to return to the bench. Alabama Supreme Court justices said Monday that they will recuse themselves from hearing Moore’s appeal because their impartiality might be questioned. A judicial panel suspended Moore for the remainder of his term after finding he urged state probate judges to defy the…

Inmate Scheduled for Execution Files Appeal

A 74-year-old Alabama inmate scheduled to be executed in November is asking an appellate court to review his claim that Alabama’s lethal injection procedure is inhumane. Lawyers for Thomas Arthur filed the appeal with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Arthur’s attorneys argued a federal judge prematurely dismissed Arthur’s challenge and had misapplied a requirement for inmates to name…

UPDATE: Judge Refuses Investigation of Mike Hubbard’s Ethics Trial

1/4Hubbard Post Trial Hearing 19 Mike Hubbard, former Alabama Speaker of the House, and his wife, Susan, greet people before a post trial hearing at the Lee County Justice Center in Opelika, Ala., on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Hubbard was found guilty 12 counts of felony ethics charges on June 10, 2016. Albert Cesare/Montgomery Advertiser/Pool Show Caption Hide Caption 2/4Hubbard…

Mike Hubbard Plans to Appeal Conviction

The former speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives says he and his family are working to come to terms with the guilty verdicts at his ethics trial. Mike Hubbard said in a statement on Sunday, that he maintains his innocence and will be appealing. A jury on Friday found Hubbard guilty on 12 charges that he wrongly solicited consulting…