Why would Sue Bell Cobb, the state’s top elected Democrat, choose not to finish out her term as Chief Justice of the state’s Supreme Court? Yesterday’s surprise announcement that she would resign effective August 1, four and a half years into a six year term, has Alabamians scratching their heads.
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On March 8, Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb gave the State of the Judiciary address to a joint session of the Legislature, which you can find here in pdf or at WSFA in html.
Of most interest to me were her remarks on the effects of mandatory tours of our overcrowded state prisons on judges, sentencing alternatives for non-violent offenders, drug courts and community corrections. She also unveiled proposals from the Alabama Public Safety and Sentencing Coalition that would help reduce the growth in prison population. Which will follow after the fold.
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Best summation of the recent testimony of confessed influence peddler, Jarrod Massey, I can think of. During a recent hearing, Massey admitted to paying then state Rep. Terry Spicer, from about 2002/2003 to 2009 for assistance in obtaining business. Some of the business included contracts from the junior college where Spicer was assistant [...]
Thanks to the hard work of Eric Velasco of the Birmingham News, we are to solve at least one mystery of the recent campaign season and get a glimpse of how much gambling interests contributed.
In Alabama gambling money network dissolves, Velasco reports the Poarch donated $2.7M thru various PACS, Milton McGregor, $1.9M, [...]
Following up on our story from yesterday… Champ Lyons has stepped down from the Supreme Court to allow outgoing Governor Bob Riley to appoint Jim Main as Lyons’ successor on the Court. Main will serve the remaining two years of the term. Lyons would be prohibited from running for [...]
The rumor is that Leura Canary would be Gov. Riley’s choice to replace Jim Main on the Court of Criminal Appeals if Main takes Champ Lyons’ spot on the Supreme Court before Monday. (Is George Beck on his way in to succeed Canary as U.S. Attorney?)
Main was elected [...]
Change at the Supreme Court will allow outgoing Governor Bob Riley the opportunity to put his imprint on a 2012 election at the Court.
Parlor friends who keep a close eye on the Supreme Court tell me that we should look for Justice Champ Lyons to resign before Monday and for outgoing Governor [...]
Folks close to the situation tell the Parlor that the Riley administration hopes to persuade Kelli Wise to step down a few days early from the Court of Criminal Appeals. As my email inbox explains, Riley would “then be able to appoint Judge Wise’s successor on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, rather than [...]
Democratic Supreme Court candidate Mac Parson is on the air in some parts of the state with this ad. FYI, Vision Forum is the group referenced in the ad that awarded Tom Parker a Man of the Year Award for 2005. The ad above references a statement on the group’s website that “God does not allow women the right to vote” and that by ignoring God’s law in this regard American Christians have “destroyed their own credibility.” [...]
In “The Conservative Minute”, a radio campaign spot for Tom Parker’s re-election to the Supreme Court, Parker says that it’s time to put “liberal, activist judges” with al-Qaeda on the list of America’s biggest security threats.
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The Republican Parker is challenged by Democrat Mac Parsons.
Democratic Supreme Court challenger Mac Parsons has been airing this TV spot that incumbent Tom Parker calls “slanderous and defamatory.” (Parsons’ response? “I will meet Tom Parker at the Montgomery County Probate Office, where these liens are filed, and he can explain how these liens, in his name, at his address, aren’t really his.”) [...]
Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin begins airing this ad today. The Republican faces a challenge from Democrat Tom Edwards. [...]
This new ad builds on a story first introduced here at the Political Parlor – that Republicans on the Supreme Court (Champ Lyons and Tom Woodall) donated to Democrats running for the Supreme Court (Rhonda Chambers and Mac Parsons). [...]
Tom Edwards is running to replace incumbent Mike Bolin on the Alabama Supreme Court. In this — Edwards’ first — broadcast ad, he begins with: “The moneychangers are back in the temple: on Wall Street, in Washington, and now our state Supreme Court. I’m Tom Edwards, and I’m running for the Supreme Court because we’ve got to choose whether we serve God, or Mammon.” [...]
Supreme Court candidate Tom Edwards’s campaign sent out a press release yesterday detailing the launch of a website they set up as a “resource for voters in the upcoming Alabama Supreme Court elections.” From the release:
The site is a project of the Edwards Campaign to collect all of the unbiased newspaper accounts of the Court over the last several years. The site is broken down into 5 areas that underpin the perception problem that it now faces: Money, Ethics, Investigations, Special Interests and Recusals. Articles will be added daily to each section so people can come back and keep apprised of the latest news affecting the Court.
“When you look at the amount of information that is available, and the negativity of it all,” said Tom Edwards. “How can you not ask the question, Is Alabama Justice for Sale?”
Yes, Edwards is running for office and, yes, anything his campaign makes should be seen as assisting his efforts to defeat sitting Associate Justice Mike Bolin. Still, the website just doesn’t feel all that sneaky. Right at the top of the front page, it says “Brought to you and paid for by the Tom Edwards for Justice campaign.” And clicking through the tabs, it is a pretty straight-forward collection of news articles — just I’m sure all the articles inform Edwards’s campaign platform. Doesn’t make them less news.
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