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I'm a 1985 graduate of the University of Alabama. I am married and have a son who is a 2014 graduate of Pelham HS I cover the court beat for Alabama Media Group

Bessemer man faced death sentence in fatal shooting, gets 17 years with manslaughter plea

al.com — A Bessemer man, who faced a potential death sentence if convicted in the shooting death of a man in 2011 , pleaded guilty this week to a lesser charge and was sentenced to 17 years in prison, court records show.

Cumberland School of Law exceeds fundraising goal, largest in school history

al.com — Cumberland School of Law has raised more than $17.2 million in the largest fundraising campaign in the school's 168-year history, the school said. ProAssurance Chairman and CEO Stan Starnes, national co-chair of Samford University's Cumberland School of Law capital campaign "Pride. Promise. People," announced the campaign had exceeded it's $15 million goal in a recent statement.

Alabama Attorney General's Office does not oppose execution delay for Death Row inmate

al.com — An Alabama Death Row inmate, convicted in the 1987 shooting death of a Sylacauga convenience store clerk, may have his March execution delayed after his defense attorneys on Monday filed a motion - unopposed by state prosecutors -with the Alabama Supreme Court. On Dec.

Re-trial underway for Alabama Death Row inmate convicted of shooting woman 4 times

al.com — The re-trial of a Birmingham man, who spent several years on Alabama's death row for the 2008 shooting death of his estranged girlfriend, began Tuesday. A prosecutor in opening statements to jurors described Jeffery Tyrone Riggs as "cold" and "callous" when he killed 40-year-old Norber Payne at her Center Point apartment on Jan.

Revenue clerk convicted of letting drivers skip car tag lines for $20

al.com — A former Jefferson County revenue clerk won't serve time behind bars after her conviction Tuesday on charges she took $20 to process car tags for people who didn't want to wait in long lines. Alisha Cole, 34, was sentenced by Jefferson County Circuit Judge Laura Petro to a suspended three-year sentence, which means Cole won't serve time in prison.

'This is not Larry Langford,' says lawyer of revenue clerk who let drivers skip car tag lines for $20

al.com — Former Jefferson County revenue clerk Alisha Cole, 34, is on trial for two counts of using her public position for personal gain for taking two $20 tips for preferential treatment in the car tag lines. If convicted, she faces a possible sentence of 2 years to 20 years on each charge.

Birmingham man pleads guilty in 2013 slaying; avoids capital murder trial

al.com — A Birmingham man whose capital murder trial for the 2013 shooting death of another man was to begin this week pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. William Golden, 21, pleaded guilty to a murder charge in a hearing before Jefferson County Circuit Judge Laura Petro.

Alabama's first openly gay legislator makes Facebook threat to expose affairs over Republican same-sex comments

al.com — After seeing comments by Republican officials, particularly from Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, and seeing Attorney General Luther Strange's efforts to get a stay of the judge's orders, Rep. Patricia Todd fired off an emotional Facebook post making a threat to expose politicians' dalliances.

2 men politely denied marriage license at Jefferson County probate office

al.com — Also at the courthouse to show support for any same-sex couple was State Rep. Patricia Todd, Alabama's first openly gay legislator. When she saw comments by Republican officials, including Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard and Attorney General Luther Strange, about the ruling and seeking the stay of the judge's orders, Todd fired off an emotional Facebook post threatening to expose other politicians' dalliances.

Jefferson County was ready to marry gay couples Monday morning

al.com — Jefferson County probate offices in Birmingham and Bessemer would have begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday if a federal judge had entered an order delaying enforcement of her ruling that declared Alabama's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, the county's probate judge said. "As of 8 a.m.
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Jan 29, 2015

RT @kelseymstein: Irondale police car stolen from officer's home overnight: ow.ly/I9Oq7

Jan 28, 2015

Bessemer man faced death sentence in fatal shooting, gets 17 years with manslaughter plea al.com/news/birmingha… pic.twitter.com/p7CSP6Q46h

Jan 28, 2015

Order striking down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban applies to all officials, judge says al.com/news/mobile/in… pic.twitter.com/pWGsv3HbYn

Jan 28, 2015

Cumberland School of Law exceeds fundraising goal, largest in school history al.com/news/birmingha… pic.twitter.com/jJoaB51PwN

Jan 28, 2015

Southern Poverty Law Center files judicial ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore s.al.com/M8PVf6f via @aldotcom

Jan 28, 2015

Cumberland School of Law exceeds fundraising goal, largest in school history s.al.com/2b0gzeP via @aldotcom

Jan 28, 2015

Re-trial underway for Alabama Death Row inmate convicted of shooting woman 4 times al.com/news/birmingha… http://t.co/Gy25txuJu2

Jan 28, 2015

Alabama Attorney General's Office does not oppose execution delay for Death Row inmate al.com/news/birmingha… http://t.co/GExQ1hmWuZ

Jan 27, 2015

Revenue clerk convicted of letting drivers skip car tag lines for $20 s.al.com/St6C8lf via @aldotcom

Jan 27, 2015

'This is not Larry Langford,' says lawyer of revenue clerk who let drivers skip car tag lines for $20 s.al.com/ESmbfRQ via @aldotcom

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