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Alabama AG seeks execution date for Tommy Arthur 'as soon as possible'

al.com — The Alabama Attorney General's Office has asked the Alabama Supreme Court to set an execution date "as soon as possible" for death row inmate Tommy Arthur, who was convicted in the 1982 contract killing of a Muscle Shoals man. If the court agrees, it would the seventh time Arthur has faced execution.

Jefferson County judge hopes new public defender in place by Labor Day

al.com — The judge who chairs the Jefferson County advisory committee over the office to provide legal services to poor criminal defendants hopes a new public defender can be named by Labor Day. "That office needs to be under stable management," said Presiding Jefferson County Circuit Judge Joseph Boohaker, who also chairs the county's indigent services advisory committee.

Jefferson County Public Defender departs: Did she resign or was she fired?

al.com — Kira Fonteneau, the first director of the Jefferson County Public Defender's Office in Birmingham, has departed her job, AL.com confirmed Thursday. But did she resign or was she fired? The Office of Indigent Services has refused over the past week to take calls from The Birmingham News and Al.com regarding Fonteneau.

Here are Alabama's oldest, longest-serving state prison inmates

al.com — The state's oldest state prison inmate, nearly 100-years-old, isn't Alabama's longest-serving inmate. That distinction belongs to a child murderer in prison since 1963.

Alabama Court of the Judiciary member recuses self from Roy Moore case

al.com — John V. Denson, II, an Opelika attorney who is one of nine attorneys, judges and private citizens who serve on the Court of the Judiciary, stated he is the only member who also served on a previous case before the Court of the Judiciary when it removed Roy Moore the first time from his job as chief justice on Nov.

Is Jefferson County public defender's job on the line?

Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission: Remove Chief Justice Roy Moore from the bench now

al.com — The charges filed by the JIC surround Moore's administrative order in January to Alabama probate judges stating that last year's Alabama Supreme Court Order telling them not to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples was still in place despite later rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts.

Judge orders shutdown of 4 Birmingham area tax businesses

al.com — A federal judge has granted the U.S. Department of Justice's request to permanently shut down a woman's Birmingham area tax preparation businesses, which had cost the Internal Revenue Service more than $2.5 million, and to give federal prosecutors a list of her customers since 2014.

Murder charge dismissed against Birmingham man in middle of trial for 2014 slaying

al.com — A prosecutor dropped the murder charge against a Birmingham man for a 2014 stabbing death in the middle of the trial this week. Deputy Jefferson County District Attorney Carl Randall told a jury Wednesday morning that he was asking the murder charge be dismissed against Willie James Wynn.

Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bomber up for parole next month

al.com — Thomas E. Blanton Jr., the Klansman convicted in the murders of four little girls in the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Baptist Church in Birmingham, will go before the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles next month for his first parole hearing.
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Jul 22, 2016

@RDunhamDPIC Alabama AG seeks execution date for Tommy Arthur 'as soon as possible'  http://s.al.com/oWJRhJk 

Jul 22, 2016

Alabama AG seeks execution date for Tommy Arthur 'as soon as possible'  http://s.al.com/oWJRhJk 

Jul 22, 2016

Jefferson County judge hopes new public defender in place by Labor Day  http://s.al.com/mDo0frU 

Jul 21, 2016

$725,000 home built in wrong place, says Alabama Supreme Court. What happens now?  http://s.al.com/s4fu9hf 

Jul 21, 2016

Jefferson County Public Defender departs: Did she resign or was she fired?  http://s.al.com/o2n7pAb 

Jul 21, 2016

Attorney W.N. Watson appointed member of the Court of the Judiciary for Roy Moore case after Denson recused self  http://s.al.com/OlPHojf 

Jul 21, 2016

RT @AP: Filmmaker Michael Moore says he's 'sorry' to say it, but thinks Donald Trump is likely to win the presidency.  http://apne.ws/29R5Lto 

Jul 20, 2016

Alabama Court of the Judiciary member recuses self from Roy Moore case  http://s.al.com/OlPHojf 


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