Two Alabama counties are among 16 "outlier" counties across the nation that are plagued by problems of overzealous prosecutors, ineffective defense lawyers, or racial bias when it comes to the prosecution and imposition of the death penalty in capital murder cases, a report issued Tuesday by a Harvard Law School project states.
A man on Tuesday pleaded guilty in the February 2015 shooting death of a Morris man and agrees to testify against his ex-girlfriend, who was the victim's wife. The plea came after a judge refused defense attorney's request to be able to cross-examine an FBI agent about cell phone tracking technology.
Nathaniel Scroggins was 16 years old when he killed 19-year-old Richard Fields while the two sat in a car parked in a Birmingham neighborhood in December 1995. Scroggins, who was convicted of capital murder because the shooting happened inside a car, faced serving the rest of his life in prison without a chance of ever being released on parole.
A Birmingham man, who once served time for his guilty plea to a role in a triple slaying nearly 25 years ago, was found not guilty last week in the 2012 shooting death of another man inside in Ensley apartment. Carlos Omar Smith, 43, was found not guilty in a trial before Jefferson County Circuit Judge Bill Cole.
Gardendale is challenging the authority of a federal judge to decide whether it can form its own school system. In a Friday court filing attorneys for the Gardendale Board of Education (GBOE) also say it is time for the federal court to end oversight of Jefferson County schools under a decades old federal desegregation order.
The Alabama House of Representatives again passed a bill Thursday that would block a 233 percent pay raise for the Birmingham City Council passed by the council last year. The bill will now go to the Alabama Senate for approval.
A judge this morning ordered a stay - or hold - in the litigation of a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier. Montgomery Circuit Judge Eugene Reese ordered the stay in the lawsuit filed against Alabama Gov.
A vote on a new version of State Sen. Jim McClendon's lottery bill is expected early this afternoon, senators said. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said he expects McClendon, R-Springville, to present his bill, with amendments, for a vote right after lunch.
A federal judge on Wednesday gave Hoover schools the okay to sell the old W.A. Berry High School campus to the Vestavia Hills Board of Education. U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Haikala stated in her order approving the sale that the sale does not harm the desegregation goals of a more than 40-year-old desegregation order issued in a Civil Rights era lawsuit.
The U.S. 11 th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday heard arguments in the appeal by Birmingham police of a federal judge's order that includes requiring new training and decontamination procedures for School Resource Officers' use of pepper spray at city high schools.
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