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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
AG Steve Marshall announces $45 million multi-state settlement with PHH Mortgage Corporation
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall today announced that he and 48 other state attorneys general, the District of Columbia and more than 45 state mortgage regulators have reached a $45 million settlement with New Jersey-based mortgage lender and servicer PHH Mortgage Corporation. The settlement resolves allegations that PHH, the nation’s ninth largest non-bank residential mortgage servicer, improperly serviced mortgage loans from January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2012. App ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Joins Legal Effort for Enforcement of Trump Executive Order Against Sanctuary Cities
(MONTGOMERY)—Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined a coalition of 11 state attorneys general in an amicus brief to support President Donald Trump’s executive order regarding sanctuary cities. The attorneys general filed a friend-of-the-court brief on December 22 urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to overturn a lower court ruling and to enforce President Trump’s executive order opposing sanctuary cities. The brief argues the establishment of sanctuary cities ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Joins Lawsuits Protecting Alabama, Other States, from Unconstitutional Farming Regulations Imposed by California and Massachusetts
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that Alabama has joined two lawsuits this month challenging attempts by California and Massachusetts to impose their agricultural restrictions on farmers in other states, including Alabama. “States and their residents have the right to set their own standards for the production of agricultural goods, especially for reasons of health and safety,” said Attorney General Marshall. “However, they don’t have the right to impose restriction ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Reviews Complaints of Violations of Alabama Gun Laws in Birmingham, Auburn, Huntsville, Montgomery, and Southside
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall today released public statements about formal complaints received by his office concerning possible unlawful prohibitions of firearms in Birmingham, Auburn, Huntsville, Montgomery and Southside. After reviewing and investigating each complaint, where appropriate, the Attorney General’s Office worked with the public entity to achieve compliance with state law. The results of the Attorney General’s investigations are summarized below, along w ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Appoints New Director of Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today the appointment of Angelo Della Manna, of Hoover, to become director of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences (ADFS) effective January 1, 2018. He most recently served as the department’s deputy director. “It is a pleasure to announce the appointment of Angelo Della Manna as director of the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Angelo brings to the position considerable experience an ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Comments on State Position on Preserving Digital Images of Ballots
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General issued the following statement today responding to confusion concerning the State’s position on preserving digital images of election ballots. “Media and social media stories that the State of Alabama is seeking to prevent the preservation of records in the event of a recount or challenge of the December 12 election are false,” said Attorney General Steve Marshall. “Recent confusion over Alabama election record keeping procedures has led to a misund ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Conviction of Three Former Cherokee County Nursing Home Employees in Neglect Case
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today the conviction of three former employees of a Centre nursing home for failing to properly provide care for a resident of the facility. Sandra Michele Curry, and Kacey Minerva Allen, both residents of Centre, and Shawna Rogers, a resident of Rome, Georgia, each pleaded guilty in Cherokee County Circuit Court to one count of attempted elder abuse, a class C felony. “Alabama law recognizes that the care of those who are vulnerabl ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Arrest of Former Pleasant Grove Police Officer for Forgery and Perjury
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrest of a former Pleasant Grove police officer for multiple counts of forgery as well as perjury. Lawrence Harrell Jr., 47, of Birmingham, surrendered to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department last week and was released on a total of $60,000 bond. Attorney General Marshall’s Criminal Trials Division presented evidence to a Jefferson County grand jury resulting in Harrell's indictment* on October 20. Specifically, the indict ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall and FBI Announce Arrests of Birmingham Water Works Board Chair, Former Arcadis Vice President, and an Arcadis Subcontractor
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall and the Birmingham Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation today announced the arrests of Sherry Lewis, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Water Works, Jerry Jones, a former Vice President at Arcadis, and Terry Williams, the owner of Global Solutions International, Inc., on felony state ethics charges. Ms. Lewis, 55, Mr. Jones, 54, and Mr. Williams, 62, all surrendered today at the Jefferson County Jail. Attorney ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Indictment of Contractor on Charges for Forgeries Filed with Alabama Licensure Board for General Contractors
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the indictment of a contractor for forgery of paperwork related to the renewal of his license with the Alabama Licensure Board for General Contractors. Morris Mitchell, 51, of Grayson, Georgia, surrendered at the Montgomery County Jail on December 1 and was released on bond. Attorney General Marshall’s Office presented evidence to a Montgomery County grand jury, resulting in Mitchell’s indictment* on November 17. Specifically, the ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Offers Holiday Season Consumer Tips for Alabamians
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall offers information and tips to help Alabama consumers have safe and happy holidays by taking precautions against scams and other potential dangers. “This is a time for celebrating precious traditions with family and friends, sharing goodwill with our neighbors and honoring a spirit of kindness and love,” said Attorney General Marshall. “That is my heartfelt wish for the people of Alabama. But we must be vigilant and guard against those wh ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces Shelby County Woman Sentenced by State Court After Pleading Guilty to Fraudulently Soliciting Donations
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that Jennifer Flynn Cataldo, of Sterrett, pleaded guilty in Shelby County Circuit Court Thursday to two counts of first-degree theft of property by deception for fraudulently soliciting $38,080 from two GoFundMe accounts while falsely claiming to have cancer. She was sentenced to serve two years in prison. Under the sentencing, Cataldo will serve two years for each count, running concurrently. Her state prison sentence will also run ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces Conviction of Former Treasurer for Theft of More Than $5000 from Alabama Jail Association
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today the conviction of Marianne Adams, former treasurer of the Alabama Jail Association, for first-degree theft of an undetermined amount in excess of $5,000. Adams, a resident of Dadeville and a former secretary for the Tallapoosa County Sheriff’s Office, pleaded guilty yesterday in Tallapoosa County Circuit Court. She was sentenced to three years, which was suspended for a term of three years of probation. She made an initial r ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Joins Letter in Support of President Trump's Authority to Appoint Acting Director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
(MONTGOMERY)—Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined four other attorneys general in a letter today to President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declaring their confidence in the President’s authority to appoint an acting director for the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The controversial CFPB was created after the 2008 financial crisis to “provide a single point of accountability for enforcing consumer financial laws and protecting consumers in ... Read Full Release
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