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Attorney General Steve Marshall Presents The Lakeside School with 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented The Lakeside School with its third Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence for a private school in the Southern region of Alabama. The school previously received this honor for the years 2015 and 2017, and now again for 2018. Schools were selected as winners for 2018 from each of the eight state school board districts as well as private schools for each* state region. “In these times, we are all intensely aw ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Presents Decatur High School with 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Decatur High School with an Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence for State Board of Education District 6. Schools were selected as winners for 2018 from each of the eight state school board districts as well as private schools for each* state region. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the safekeeping of our children,” said Attorney General Mars ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Presents Hewitt-Trussville Middle School with 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Hewitt-Trussville Middle School with an Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence for State Board of Education District 7. Schools were selected as winners for 2018 from each of the eight state school board districts as well as private schools for each* state region. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the safekeeping of our children,” said Attorney ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Presents Saint James School with 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Saint James School with an Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence for a private school in the central region of Alabama. Schools were selected as winners for 2018 from each of the eight state school board districts as well as private schools for each* state region. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the safekeeping of our children,” said Attorney ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Presents Prattville Junior High School with 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Prattville Junior High School with an Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence for State Board of Education District 5. Schools were selected as winners for 2018 from each of the eight state school board districts as well as private schools for each* state region. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the safekeeping of our children,” said Attorney Ge ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Presents Eastwood Middle School with 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Eastwood Middle School with an Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence for State Board of Education District 4. Schools were selected as winners for 2018 from each of the eight state school board districts as well as private schools for each* state region. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the safekeeping of our children,” said Attorney General M ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Statement on Stay of Execution for Death Row Inmate Christopher Lee Price
(MONTGOMERY)—Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement following the granting of a stay of execution for death row inmate Christopher Lee Price. “Tonight, in the middle of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the family of Pastor Bill Lynn was deprived of justice. They were, in effect, re-victimized by a killer trying to evade his just punishment. This 11th-hour stay for death row inmate Christopher Price will do nothing to serve the ends of justice. Indeed, i ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Supports Legislation to Reform the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced his support of legislation to reform the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. The legislation was proposed by the Attorney General’s Office and is sponsored by Senator Cam Ward and Representative Connie Rowe. “In January 2018, Jimmy O’Neal Spencer, a violent offender sentenced to life imprisonment, was released from prison after being recklessly and wrongfully paroled by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles,” Attorney General M ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Search Warrants Served at Four Gambling Facilities in Jefferson County
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that search warrants were executed today on four gambling facilities in Jefferson County by state agents from the Attorney General’s Office, with support from agents with the Alabama State Bureau of Investigation. The involvement of state law enforcement was necessary due to the opening of multiple facilities offering illegal electronic games and the failure of local law enforcement to enforce the law. In conjunction with the exec ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Files Brief Responding to Former Speaker Mike Hubbard’s Appeal of His 11 Felony Ethics Convictions
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a brief with the Alabama Supreme Court Monday, responding to former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s appeal of his 11 felony ethics convictions. Attorney General Marshall argued the legal questions in this case are straightforward, and the evidence is plainly sufficient to support each of Mike Hubbard’s 11 convictions. “Alabama’s Ethics Law helps prohibit conflicts of interest and promote Alabamians’ confidence in the integrity of their gov ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Arrest of Elliott Lipinsky, Candidate for State Auditor Republican Nomination in 2018, for Illegal Computer Tampering, Attempting Tampering of Law Enforcement Records
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrest of Elliott Owen Lipinsky, a candidate for 2018 Republican nomination for state auditor, on three felony charges related to illegally accessing and attempting to access confidential law enforcement records, two of which are related to his opponents in the primary. He surrendered to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on April 3 and was released on bond. Lipinsky, 32, of Pike Road, was formerly a deputy district attorney f ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Capital Murder Convictions in Blount County
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the capital murder convictions of Justin MacNeill. MacNeill, 28, of Cleveland, Alabama, was convicted in Blount County Circuit Court in May 2018 for the murder of Myron Brian Beavers. The evidence at trial showed that on or about July 7, 2015, MacNeill and another man, Clifton Ridgeway, made a plan to murder and rob Beavers. On July 8, MacNeill and Ridgeway entered Beavers’ ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Capital Murder Convictions in Mobile County
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the capital murder convictions of Derrick Shawn Penn. Penn, 52, of Mobile, was convicted in Mobile County Circuit Court in October 2017 for the murder of his estranged wife, Janet Penn, and her boyfriend, Demetrius Powe. The evidence at trial showed that in 2007, Derrick and Janet Penn separated, and she moved out of their home. After Janet Penn began dating Powe in 2009, D ... Read Full Release
Alabama Attorney General’s Office, Banking Department, Securities Commission Sue Future Income Payments LLC for Activities Related to the Purported Pu
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall, Superintendent of the Alabama State Banking Department Michael E. Hill, and Director of the Alabama Securities Commission Joseph P. Borg, have sued Future Income Payments LLC (FIP), and its chief executive officer, Scott Alan Kohn, for alleged illegal activities related to its purported purchase of pensions. The lawsuit was filed March 20 in Montgomery County Circuit Court. The Attorney General’s Office, Securities Commission and Banking Depar ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Arrest of Former Jefferson County Deputy for Possession of Child Pornography
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrest today of a former patrol deputy with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for possession of child pornography. Phillip Wayne Humphries, 56, of Trussville, was arrested today by agents of the Attorney General’s Office with assistance from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The case was investigated by Special Agents of the Attorney General’s Office. No further information about the investigation or about Humphries’ all ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Favorable Initial Ruling in Federal Voting Rights Lawsuit Means Alabama Will Not Have to Draw New Congressional District Map for 2020 Election
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Wednesday that a federal judge’s favorable initial ruling in a voting rights lawsuit against the State of Alabama’s congressional districting plan means there will be no change in Alabama’s congressional district map for the upcoming 2020 U.S. House elections. “I am pleased that U.S. District Judge Bowdre agreed with the Attorney General’s argument that the plaintiffs in the voting rights lawsuit against the State of Alabama’s congr ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Commends Walker County Sheriff and District Attorney for Enforcing Alabama’s Gambling Law
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall commended Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith and Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair for taking swift action to close newly-established illegal electronic bingo halls in Walker County. “Alabama law is crystal clear,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Electronic bingo and coin slot machines are illegal. No matter what the operators of these unlawful enterprises claim, the Alabama Supreme Court has definitively and repeatedly ruled that ele ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall, State Comptroller Kathleen Baxter Issue Consumer Alert About Fraudulent Checks That Appear to Be from State of Alabama
(MONTGOMERY) –Attorney General Steve Marshall and State Comptroller Kathleen Baxter issued a consumer alert today warning that scammers are sending out fraudulent checks that purport to be from the State of Alabama Department of Finance. Even though no funds have been withdrawn from the State of Alabama accounts due to the fraudulent checks, it is important that the State of Alabama warn consumers of the scam that is taking place. The checks have been sent, usually by priority mail, through ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Winners of 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Awards of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today announced the winners of the 2018 Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Awards of Excellence. Last week, a panel of independent judges met at the Attorney General’s Office to review submissions from 94 schools throughout Alabama, a record number since the program began in 2002 and twice the number received last year. Winners were selected from each of the eight state school board districts as well as private schools for each* state region. ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Statement on Arrest of Suspect in Murders of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley in 20-Year-Old Wiregrass Cold Case
(MONTGOMERY)—Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement today concerning the arrest of a suspect for the 1999 murders of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley of Dothan. “For two decades the families of Tracie Hawlett and J.B. Beasley have sought answers and a suspect in the unsolved brutal murders of their 17-year-old girls. On the night of July 31, 1999, Hawlett and Beasley went together to a party in nearby Headland and lost their way. Sadly, they never made it bac ... Read Full Release
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