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Family of Sandra Bland Receives $1.9 Million Wrongful Death Settlement

A lawyer for the family of Sandra Bland, a black Chicago-area woman who died in a Texas jail after a contentious traffic stop last summer, says a $1.9 million settlement has been reached in the family’s wrongful death lawsuit. Attorney Cannon Lambert tells Houston television station KTRK the settlement includes a provision that the Waller County Jail have a 24-hour…

Black Voters Sue Over Alabama’s Method of Electing Judges

A civil rights group is challenging Alabama’s practice of electing appellate judges by statewide vote, saying it has resulted in all-white courts in a state where one of every four people is African-American. The NAACP’s Alabama chapter and four black voters sued the state on Wednesday in Montgomery federal court, arguing that electing judges through at-large elections in Alabama violates…

Montgomery Bank Settles in Bank Fraud Lawsuit

Lawyers for accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers and a defunct mortgage company’s creditors and investors have reached a settlement in a lawsuit involving audits at a failed Alabama bank. Attorneys from both sides confirmed via email Friday that the case involving the $5 billion lawsuit was settled “to the mutual satisfaction of the parties.” The case went to trial in Miami earlier…

MLK’s Traveling Bible & Nobel Peace Prize Medal to Go to His Estate

ATLANTA (AP) – The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s estate has settled an ownership dispute with his daughter over the slain civil rights leader’s traveling Bible and Nobel Peace Prize medal. King’s two sons and daughter are the sole shareholders and directors of the estate. Dexter Scott King is president and CEO, and Martin Luther King III is chairman of…

Judge Dismisses Alabama Lawsuit Over Refugee Placement

A judge has dismissed Alabama’s lawsuit against the federal government over refugee placement. U.S. Magistrate Judge John Ott on Friday rejected Alabama’s claim that the federal officials were not consulting with states on where refugee placement. The dismissal comes a month after a judge threw out a similar Texas lawsuit, ruling that the state had no authority over resettlements that…

State Auditor Refiles Lawsuit Against Gov. Bentley

The state auditor has refiled a lawsuit against Gov. Robert Bentley’s effort to build a hotel and conference center at Gulf State Park. Auditor Jim Zeigler and state Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, both frequent critics of the governor, filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Montgomery court. The filing comes four days after a judge dismissed a similar suit filed by the…

Lawsuit Filed Against ADOC for Severe Beating of an Inmate

A lawsuit was filed today in Montgomery County Circuit Court arising from a severe beating of an inmate by DOC employees at the St. Clair Correctional Facility, a prison well known for abuse, neglect, murders and beatings from the hands of prison guards and top officials at the prison. Birmingham attorney Tommy James represents the victim in this case. In July, 2014, Venture…

Federal Government Looks to End Alabama Refugee Lawsuit

The federal government is seeking to dismiss Alabama’s lawsuit over refugee placement after the failure of a similar lawsuit by Texas. A lawyer for the federal government on June 16 filed a notice of the Texas decision with the court in the ongoing request to dismiss the Alabama case. Both Texas and Alabama sued the federal government over refugee placement….

State to Pay Up to $200,000 in Collier Lawsuit

The state will pay outside legal counsel up to $200,000 to represent Gov. Robert Bentley and his law enforcement chief in a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by the governor’s fired secretary of law enforcement. The legislative Contract Review Committee will review the contracts Thursday. The governor’s office has proposed to pay a private law firm up to $100,000 to represent…

Alabama Justice Files Lawsuit over Speech Restrictions

A bench ally of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has filed a federal lawsuit challenging what he called the state’s unconstitutional restrictions on judges’ speech. Associate Justice Tom Parker filed the lawsuit Wednesday against the state’s Judicial Inquiry Commission. The lawsuit challenges speech restrictions in the canons of judicial ethics. The Southern Poverty Law Center in 2015 filed a…