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Alabama court re-affirms sentence for death row inmate who claims intellectual disability

al.com — The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday re-affirmed the death sentence for Anthony Lane, who claims he is intellectually disabled and shouldn't be executed for his conviction in the 2009 robbery and shooting death of an Indiana man who was in Birmingham on business. The U.S.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch visiting Talladega prison and Mobile today

al.com — Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch is in Alabama today to review and discuss programs that help inmates successfully re-enter society once their sentences have ended. Lynch is visiting the Federal Bureau of Prisons correctional facility at Talladega this morning, according to a Department of Justice statement. She will visit Mobile this afternoon.

Man charged in 10 robberies testifies he saw December slaying

al.com — Marquise Williams told a judge Thursday that he saw Tyrese Sanders and brothers Travis and Travion Vanhorn fire guns into a vehicle moments after it pulled into a southwest Birmingham convenience store parking lot the night of Dec. 27. Just before the shots were fired, Williams said he heard a woman scream "there goes the F*** N***** right there."

Birmingham man charged with opening credit cards using someone else's identity

al.com — A Birmingham man was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for stealing someone's identifying personal information and using it to fraudulently obtain credit, according to a statement by federal authorities. Markez J. McConnico, 34, was charged in a six-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Birmimgham, according to the statement from U.S.

DOJ seeks to shut down of 4 Birmingham area tax prep businesses

al.com — U.S. Department of Justice lawyers on Wednesday asked a judge to shut down a number of Birmingham area tax preparation businesses after they say its owner and employees caused the federal government to lose more than $2.6 million in understated taxes and/or fraudulent refunds.

Judge rules second teen charged in Lake Cyrus slaying to also be tried as adult

al.com — Ahmad Johnson will be tried as an adult in January's shooting death of Hoover resident Mike Gilotti, a judge said Wednesday. Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff Judge David Hobdy denied youthful offender status for the 17-year-old Johnson during a Wednesday hearing. The judge also set Johnson's trial date for March 27, 2017.

Drug charges against Chief Justice Roy Moore's son dropped

al.com — Drug charges against Caleb Moore, the son of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, were dropped several months ago after he agreed to enter a pre-trial diversion program with the Pike County District Attorney's Office, court records show.

Appeals court: Alabama man can collect settlement from husband's wrongful death

al.com — A Montgomery man is due the money from a wrongful death lawsuit settlement stemming from the death of his same-sex spouse, the U.S. 11 th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week. Pat Fancher, the mother of David Fancher, had appealed a ruling by a lower court last year that gave money from the lawsuit to her son's spouse, Dr. Paul Hard.

Teen denied youthful offender status in Lake Cyrus slaying

al.com — Charleston Wells will be tried as an adult in January's shooting death of Hoover resident Mike Gilotti, a judge said Tuesday. Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff Judge David Hobdy denied youthful offender status for the 16-year-old Wells. Hobdy set Wells' trial date for Feb. 13, 2017.

Warrior man pleads not guilty in 2014 death of toddler

al.com — A Warrior man on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to a capital murder charge in the 2014 death of a toddler. James Ryan McCord, 22, entered his not-guilty plea during a hearing before Jefferson County Circuit Judge Stephen Wallace. McCord is charged with capital murder - death of a person under age 14 - in the Sept.
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Apr 29, 2016

Alabama court re-affirms sentence for death row inmate who claims intellectual disability s.al.com/YoOdIZF

Apr 29, 2016

Attorney General Loretta Lynch visiting Talladega prison and Mobile today s.al.com/48A8qjF

Apr 28, 2016

Man charged in 10 robberies testifies he saw December slaying s.al.com/aHLB3aX

Apr 28, 2016

In Alabama, gay and transgender rights are a family affair s.al.com/8CgGyWU

Apr 28, 2016

Birmingham man charged with opening credit cards using someone else's identity s.al.com/UqCofAk

Apr 28, 2016

DOJ seeks to shut down of 4 Birmingham area tax prep businesses s.al.com/sk3Q3YN

Apr 27, 2016

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Apr 27, 2016

Drug charges against Chief Justice Roy Moore's son dropped s.al.com/KVoq4pg

Apr 27, 2016

Judge rules second teen charged in Lake Cyrus slaying to also be tried as adult s.al.com/CdclOyb


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