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AG Steve Marshall and Alabama Interim Superintendent of Education Dr. Ed Richardson Announce Cyber Safety Training Program for School Faculty and Parents
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and Alabama Interim Superintendent of Education Dr. Ed Richardson announced today a partnership between the Attorney General’s Office and the State Superintendent’s Office to provide cyber training to assist parents and school faculty in safe online practices for students. The training will also instruct school faculty and parents in reporting to law enforcement any suspicious activity aimed at students and schools. “I would like to t ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall, Joined by Federal and State Law Enforcement Officials, Announces Establishment of Cybercrime Lab and Partnership to Combat Cybercrimes
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall was joined by U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin and officials with the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the Alabama Fusion Center and the Alabama Office of Prosecution Services in announcing the establishment of a Cybercrime Lab in the Attorney General’s Office to assist all levels of law enforcement in the state with cyber- related investigations. “Today, the Alab ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Applauds Introduction of Data Breach Notification Bills in Alabama Legislature
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall praised Senator Arthur Orr and Representative Phil Williams for introducing the Alabama Data Breach Notification Act in the Alabama Legislature Tuesday. The bills are SB318 in the Alabama Senate and HB410 in the Alabama House. The Data Breach Notification Act requires that business and governmental entities notify consumers when their sensitive personal information has been or is believed to have been acquired through a data breach. Alabama i ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Arrest for Possession of Child Pornography Due to Investigation by Cybercrime Unit
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrest on February 8 of a Millbrook man for three counts of possession of child pornography, due to an investigation by the Attorney General’s Cybercrime Unit. Michael Patrick Kaylor, 28, was arrested by Special Agents of the Attorney General’s Cybercrime Unit and officers of the Millbrook Police Department, and taken to the Elmore County Jail. Bond was set at $10,000 for each of the three charges. Specifically, Kaylor is cha ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Mobile County Capital Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the capital murder conviction of Alwin Javon Tillman. Tillman, 37, of Mobile, was convicted in Mobile County Circuit Court in February of 2017 for the murder of Ronnie Minifield. Evidence presented at trial showed that at about 2 a.m. on July 27, 2014, Tillman climbed up to the apartment balcony of his estranged wife, Octavia Tillman, and broke into her apartment by break ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Leads Amicus Brief to Stop Improper Federal Oversight of Groundwaters that Could Cause Rate Increases for TVA Customers
(MONTGOMERY) –Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the filing of an amicus brief late yesterday in the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth District, led by the States of Alabama and Kentucky, to fight a federal court ruling that usurps States’ authority to regulate groundwaters and would result in debt to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), causing rate increases that could leave many customers in Alabama and other states unable to afford electricity. The case is Tennessee C ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Lawsuit Against Major Opioid Manufacturer Purdue Pharma for Violation of Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act
(MONTGOMERY) -Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today that the State of Alabama has filed suit against Purdue Pharma, L.P., Purdue Frederick Company Inc., and Rhodes Pharmaceuticals, L.P. (collectively “Purdue”), the manufacturers and sellers of prescription opioid pain medications, including the brand name drugs OxyContin, MS Contin, Dilaudid/Dilaudid HP, Butrans, Hysingla ER, and Targiniq ER, as well as generic opioids. Alabama’s complaint asserts that Purdue violated Alabama’s ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Blount County Felony Murder Convictions
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the felony murder convictions of Paul Mason Trull. Trull, 20, of Pinson, was convicted in Blount County Circuit Court in March of 2017 for the felony murders of Gary Hazelrig and Breann Sherrer. Evidence was presented at trial about the crimes committed in the early morning hours of September 14, 2015. Trull and two other men, Lane Bosner and Cody Dooley, drove to Hazelrig’s reside ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Deadline Extended to May 31 for Consumers to Make Claims in Western Union Case
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the claims period has been extended for eligible consumers, who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union’s wire transfer service, to apply for compensation as the result of a multi- state settlement with the company in 2017. The deadline to participate in the $586 million nationwide settlement now is May 31, 2018. At the time of the settlement, more than 7,624 complaints from Alabama consumers had been f ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Partners with National Association of Attorneys General for Law Enforcement Training in Overdose Death Investigation and Prosecution in Alabama
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall partnered with the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute (NAGTRI) to provide specialized training for law enforcement and prosecutors in Alabama on how to best handle cases involving deaths caused by overdoses of heroin and fentanyl. Approximately 100 representatives of state prosecutors’ offices and law enforcement agencies attended a seminar today at the Attorney General’s Office in Montgomery. In Alabama and elsewhere, d ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Statement on Vernon Madison Stay of Execution
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s issuance of a stay of execution for Alabama inmate Vernon Madison Thursday night. “After prior rulings that Vernon Madison is competent to face execution for the murder of a Mobile police officer 32 years ago – a cold blooded crime for which there is no doubt he is guilty – it is disappointing that justice is again delayed for the victim’s family. The State opposes Madison ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Joins Supreme Court Brief in Support of Trump Administration's Plan to Phase Out DACA
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall joined a coalition of 13 states Thursday in filing a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to reject a lower court ruling blocking the Trump administration from ending the unlawful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA, which was implemented by an Obama administration memo in 2012, usurped the authority of Congress to determine immigration policy by granting legal presence and work eligibility to hundreds of thousan ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces 11 State Drug-Trafficking Indictments, Launches Initiative on Violent Crime
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrests today of 11 defendants who face multiple state drug-trafficking enterprise charges in a major joint investigation by state, federal and local law enforcement. The Alabama Attorney General’s Office, working with a group of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies conducted an extensive investigation into an alleged drug-trafficking network in Selma. Evidence was gathered through wiretaps and surveillance from Feb ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall, Mental Health Commissioner Lynn Beshear and Acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris Announce Issuance of Opioid Council Report
(MONTGOMERY)—Co-chairs of the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council, Attorney General Steve Marshall, Commissioner Lynn Beshear of the Alabama Department of Mental Health, and Acting State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, today announced the issuance of the Council’s formal report of its findings. The Council was created in August of 2017 by an executive order of Gov. Kay Ivey, and tasked with developing a strategic plan “that establishes recommendations for policy, regulatory an ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Hails Supreme Court Decision to Hear Lawsuit Supported by Alabama Challenging Expansion of Critical Habitat Definition
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall welcomed today a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, Weyerhauser v. US Fish and Wildlife, concerning federal efforts to impose an overly broad definition of critical habitat for endangered species to include areas where the species do not and cannot live. “In 2016, the Obama administration issued rules vastly expanding the definition of a critical habitat for an endangered species,” said Attorney General Marshall. “The ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Joins Multistate 'DEMAND AN END' Initiative Against Sex Trafficking
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall has joined Georgia-based nonprofit organization, Street Grace, and 10 other attorneys general in participating in an effort to raise public awareness of sex trafficking in Alabama. January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Alabama and January 11, 2018, is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. “Human trafficking is the second largest criminal business in the world and it has been allowed to flourish because it remains largely hidden fr ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Statement on Federal Court Dismissal of Lawsuit Challenging Alabama's Voter ID Law
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement in reaction to the judgment against a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Alabama’s voter ID law. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama ordered the lawsuit filed by Greater Birmingham Ministries, Alabama NAACP and individual plaintiffs against the State of Alabama be dismissed. “Today’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit i ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Indictment and Arrest of Colbert County Attorney Billy Underwood
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the indictment* and arrest of Colbert County attorney William J. (“Billy”) Underwood for bribery of a juror. Underwood surrendered at the Colbert County Sheriff’s Office this afternoon and was released on bail pending the resolution of this case. The Attorney General’s Office sought an indictment of Underwood after an investigation by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. The Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division presented evide ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Federal Court Victory to Protect Religious Pro-Life Speech
(MONTGOMERY)—Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall applauded a federal appeals court decision today as a victory to protect religious pro-life speech. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled in favor of an argument made by Attorney General Marshall and nine other Attorneys General that a Baltimore city ordinance unconstitutionally undermined a pregnancy center’s ability to speak about and offer alternatives to abortion. “It is unlawful, and simply wrong, for the governm ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall extends deadline for nominations of AG's Alabama 2017 Safe School Awards, to Feb. 26
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall is extending the deadline for nominations of the 2017 Safe Schools Initiative Awards of Excellence until February 26. The Attorney General’s Office will honor private school winners from north, central and south Alabama, in addition to the winners from each of the state’s eight public school board districts. “These awards offer a valuable opportunity to honor schools that are succeeding with outstanding safety plans, to recognize procedures ... Read Full Release
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