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I'm a 1985 graduate of the University of Alabama. I am married and have a son in college. I am the courts reporter for Alabama Media Group and @aldotcom

Tax preparer sentenced, ordered to pay $44,080 to IRS

al.com — U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced Kristie E. Sykes, 44, for her guilty plea to two counts of aiding in the preparation of a false return, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and IRS, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge Veronica Hyman-Pillot.

Appeals court affirms Federal Trade Commission ruling that McWane held unlawful pipe fitting monopoly

al.com — The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday affirmed last year's decision by the FTC that the Birmingham-based pipe company had violated a section of the Federal Trade Commission Act that prohibits ''unfair or deceptive acts or practices" affecting commerce. The FTC ruling was not unanimous.

Man sentenced to 80 years in child porn case

al.com — An Etowah County man on Wednesday was ordered to serve 80 years in prison for his guilty plea to charges in a child pornography case that began after Danish police spotted a University of Alabama blanket in a photo. Victor Gray Dingler, 33, was sentenced by U.S.

Alabama and 12 other states file brief supporting Oklahoma's execution drug combination

al.com — Alabama and twelve other states on Wednesday filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the three-drug combination being used by Oklahoma to execute inmates. Lethal injection executions in Alabama and a number of other states have been put on hold pending the outcome of an Oklahoma case before the Supreme Court.

Jeweler who reported gems stolen, then pawned them, sentenced

al.com — The owner of a former Mountain Brook Village jewelry store was sentenced Wednesday to nearly four years in federal prison for his guilty plea to gun and money laundering charges. Joseph Harold Gandy, 65, of Vestavia Hills, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Karon Bowdre to three years and nine months.

Former CFO of Pelham company sentenced for $490,000 theft

al.com — The former chief financial officer for M.D. Henry Company Inc. has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for her guilty plea to using company credit cards to take $490,992 from the Pelham-based business. Tania Brasher Lawley, 56, of Harpersville, was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Karon O.

Jefferson County District Attorney's Office would be cut by nearly $200k under state budget proposals

al.com — While it wouldn't trigger any layoffs, the cuts could affect things such as prosecutors' ability to hire experts or choose which out of state witnesses they can bring in for testimony at trials, District Attorney Brandon Falls said. "When it comes to law enforcement you really get what you pay for," he said.

Alabama blogger ordered to pay $3.5 million in defamation

al.com — A Shelby County blogger, who spent five months in jail before agreeing to remove stories from his website about the son of a former governor, has now been ordered to pay $3.5 million in a defamation lawsuit filed by a former campaign manager for Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange.

Birmingham Bar Association panel to discuss 800-year-old Magna Carta's impact on modern legal issues

al.com — The Magna Carta, an early ancestor to the U.S. Constitution, turns 800 this year. As part of the celebration of that historic document the Birmingham Bar Association on May 1 will host a luncheon and panel discussion with U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions and others on the influence it has on legal issues today.

U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman seeks update on investigation into federal judge Mark Fuller

al.com — The Chairman of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has asked the U.S. 11 th Circuit Court of Appeals to provide an update on its investigation into the domestic violence allegations against federal judge Mark Fuller.
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Apr 26, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court takes up gay marriage question Tuesday; what does it mean for Alabama? s.al.com/WXqmJZK via @aldotcom

Apr 26, 2015

Constitution trumps Bible when it comes to same-sex marriage s.al.com/8Y1nLeK via @aldotcom

Apr 26, 2015

In 1912, an Alabama man was convicted of killing woman, child who weren't dead s.al.com/WfmBPMd via @aldotcom

Apr 26, 2015

Governor calls gay marriage 'social experiment' in US Supreme Court brief; other Alabama opinions vary s.al.com/yBEnr8b via @aldotcom

Apr 25, 2015

Former Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford moved from prison to hospital s.al.com/UOYI2Di via @aldotcom

Apr 24, 2015

2 sentenced in slaying of Jefferson County sheriff's lieutenant's son s.al.com/y1Q367J via @aldotcom

Apr 24, 2015

Blogger Roger Shuler fighting $3.5 million judgment s.al.com/Y2j5dab via @aldotcom

Apr 24, 2015

2 sentenced in slaying of Jefferson County sheriff's lieutenant's son s.al.com/y1Q367J via @aldotcom

Apr 23, 2015

Birmingham mother who made children stand for hours with hands in air sentenced in beating death s.al.com/UINzeqc via @aldotcom

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