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Former Alabama district attorney, Brandon Hughes, seeks to avoid prison

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – A former district attorney has asked a judge to keep him out of prison and allow him to serve his 10-month prison sentence on perjury and ethics charges in a community corrections program. Attorneys for former Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes last week filed a motion seeking a community corrections program placement. They argued that’s…

Jessica Ventiere named District Attorney in Lee County

Lee County District Attorney Jessica Ventiere/Source: Lee County District Attorney’s Office Governor Kay Ivey has appointed Lee County District Attorney Pro Tem Jessica Ventiere as the new district attorney for the county. Prior to her appointment, Ventiere served as Chief Assistant District Attorney for Lee County and the Second Judicial Circuit, which serves Butler, Crenshaw, and Lowndes County. Ventiere was…

District Attorney Pleads Guilty to Perjury, Ethics Charge

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama district attorney on Thursday pleaded guilty to perjury and an ethics charge following trial testimony in which a witness likened his office to a fraternity house. Former Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes pleaded guilty to perjury in the first-degree and the use of his public office for personal gain. Hughes will be sentenced…

Lee County District Attorney Indicted on Ethics, Theft and Perjury Charges

Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes has found himself on the other side of the law. He’s been indicted on multiple charges including conspiracy to commit theft, perjury, and ethics violations. According to The Alabama Attorney General’s Office, Hughes used his office for personal gain by using public funds to pay for a private attorney for he and his wife….

Lowndes Co. Man Charged with Internet Sex Crimes Involving Children

From the West Alabama Newsroom– A Lowndes County man is facing multiple counts of internet sex crimes involving underage children. District Attorney Charlotte Tesmer said 25 year old Brent Jenks of Hope Hull is charged with three counts of Transmitting Obscene Material to a Child by Computer — and eight counts of Electronic Solicitation of a Child. Tesmer says Jenks…

Getting Help For Domestic Abuse

The two recent tragic events in Redland and Tallassee have shined a spotlight on domestic violence. Sheriff’s officials say a mother in the Redland community had filed for divorce from her husband, when he shot and killed her and one of their daughters before setting their house on fire and killing himself. Last month in a case in Tallassee, a…

Dallas Co. DA Asks Churches to “Adopt a Gang Member”

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson is calling on area churches to get involved in the fight against gangs. Its part of a program Jackson has developed to try and reduce gang activity in the area. The program calls on church congregations to “adopt a gang member” and provide them with a positive adult influence….

Repeat, Violent Offender Facing Rape Charges in Two Counties

Willie Fred Jenkins, Courtesy – Butler Co. Jail Willie Fred Jenkins of Greenville was arrested early February and is facing charges of rape, sodomy, and kidnapping in Butler County. He is also facing three counts of rape in Lowndes County, from another arrest that came after the first alleged victim came forward. Authorities say Jenkins has a violent criminal history….

NY Times: Henry County DA & Diversion Programs Generates Big Bucks

Newspaper alleges misuse of program to keep non-violent offenders out of jail.

A story in today’s N.Y. Times says Henry County D.A. Doug Valeska gave preferential treatment to Harvey Drayton Burch III, a passenger in a car being driven by Valeska’s son:   “District Attorney Douglas A. Valeska granted him (Burch) pretrial diversion, an alternative to court that is usually reserved for nonviolent offenses. After Mr. Burch paid $2,396 in fees and stayed…

Montgomery Co. Has Two Year Wait for Trial on Drug Cases

The Montgomery County District Attorney says a large backlog of drug cases is burdening the county justice system. District Attorney Daryl Bailey says that a 1,604-case backlog means that anybody arrested for drug-related charges would currently be waiting more than two years for a trial as evidence is processed. Bailey says the state’s budget crisis and staff cuts have caused…