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2nd Oath Keeper Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy in Jan. 6 Riot

An Alabama man who stormed the U.S. Capitol with other members of the Oath Keepers extremist group has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and is cooperating with prosecutors in another major boost for the Justice Department in its sweeping Jan. 6 investigation. Mark Grods appeared in federal court in Washington on Wednesday. He is the second member of the far-right Oath…

U.S. Justice Department: Excessive Force in Alabama’s Male Prisons Unconstitutional

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama on Thursday concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that the conditions at Alabama’s prisons for men violate the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. Specifically, the department concluded that there is reasonable cause to believe that prisoners are…

Alabama Prison System Turns Over Documents to Justice Department

Alabama has turned over more documents to the Department of Justice as it continues its investigation of the state prison system. Justice Department lawyers wrote in a Thursday court filing that Alabama turned over requested documents in an ongoing investigation related to allegations of use excessive force and abuse by prison staff. The department had gone to court to enforce…

Montgomery Nurse Gets 10-Year Sentence in “Pill Mill” Case

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that nurse practitioner Lilian Akwuba of Montgomery has received a 10-year sentence for her part in two separate “pill mill” operations in Montgomery over a four-year period. That announcement came from U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin and others involved in the investigation. The DOJ says the sentence follows her convictions for drug distribution…

Government Seeks to Dismiss Alabama Lawsuit Over Census

The federal government is asking a judge to dismiss Alabama’s lawsuit seeking to exclude people living in the country illegally from 2020 U.S. Census counts. A federal judge on Wednesday gave Alabama until Jan. 25 to respond to the request. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers wrote in a court filing last week that Alabama’s claim that it could lose a…

Alabama is Last State Standing

Only state that lets judge overrule jurors in death penalty decisions.

Alabama is now the last state that still allows judges to reject a jury’s recommendation of  life in prison without parole and instead sentence an inmate to be executed. The only other state allowing that was Delaware, and the U.S. Supreme Court rejected that law in August: CBS and AP reported: “The court also said the law is unconstitutional because…

Dept. of Justice Opens Investigation into Conditions of Alabama’s Men Prisons

The Justice Department announced today that it has opened a statewide investigation into the conditions in Alabama’s prisons for men.  The investigation will focus on whether prisoners are adequately protected from physical harm and sexual abuse at the hands of other prisoners; whether prisoners are adequately protected from use of excessive force and staff sexual abuse by correctional officers; and…