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AG Steve Marshall Files Lawsuit Against Federal Government over Inclusion of Illegal Aliens in 2020 Census Apportionment Count
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and U.S. Representative Mo Brooks, R-Alabama, have jointly filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the Census Bureau’s unlawful decision to include illegal aliens in census data used to determine the apportionment of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Electoral College. “If the U.S. Census Bureau follows through with its plan to include illegal aliens in the 2020 census for purposes of apportionment, Alabama will los ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Jefferson County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of Josalyn Nicole Evans. Evans, 37, of Birmingham, was convicted in Jefferson County Circuit Court in June 2017, for the murder of Ieshia Mayhand. Evidence was presented at trial about the following events on February 12, 2016. Patrick Lewis had a previous relationship with the victim, Mayhand, and was the father of her baby. At the time of the murde ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Arrests of Student, Teacher for Felony Computer Tampering by Altering Grades at School in Escambia County
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrests this week of a student and a teacher in Escambia County, each on a felony charge of computer tampering by altering grades at W.S. Neal High School in East Brewton. Matthew Hutchins, 18, of Brewton was arrested on May 14, and Lisa Odom, 58, of Castleberry was arrested on May 15. The defendants were arrested by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office pursuant to warrants brought by Special Agents of the Attorney General’s Off ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Presents Bob Jones High School with 2017 Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Bob Jones High School in Madison with the Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for State Board of Education District 8, for the second year in a row. Schools were selected as winners for 2017 from seven* Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as private schools for three regions of the state. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Presents The Lakeside School with 2017 Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented The Lakeside School with the Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for a private school in the southern region of Alabama. The Eufaula school also received the Attorney General’s award for safe schools for 2015. Schools were selected as winners for 2017 from seven* Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as private schools for three regions of the state. “In these times, we are all in ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Joins State Home Builders Association and Home Builders Licensure Board to Promote Safe Consumer Practices for National Remodeling Month
(MONTGOMERY)-- Attorney General Steve Marshall is joining with the Home Builders Association of Alabama (HBAA) and the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board to promote safe consumer practices in observance of May as National Remodeling Month. Whether remodeling projects are undertaken for desired home improvements or to repair damage caused by storms or other crises, it is important to make careful decisions and choose reputable and qualified contractors. “We want consumers to have info ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces 19-Year Sentence for Inmate Who Tried to Evade Earlier Sentence By Soliciting Assault of DeKalb County Prosecutor
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today announced the conviction of an inmate who was already in the DeKalb County jail and tried to arrange for the assault of a local prosecutor to stop him from attending the defendant’s sentencing hearing. Joshua Kilgro, 45, now has 19 years added to sentences he already is serving for multiple other crimes. Kilgro pleaded guilty in DeKalb County Circuit Court yesterday to criminal solicitation to commit first-degree assault, a class C felony ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Responds to President Donald Trump's Nomination of Alabama Special Deputy Attorney General Corey Maze for Federal Judgeship
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement in response to the White House’s announcement Thursday morning that President Donald Trump has nominated Alabama Special Deputy Attorney General Corey Maze to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. “Corey Maze is a very talented and experienced lawyer who would be an outstanding addition to the Northern District Court bench. He possesses a broad base ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Reminds Consumers of May 31 Deadline to Make Claims in Western Union Case
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall is reminding consumers of a May 31 deadline to make claims in a $586 million settlement with Western Union. Eligible consumers who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union’s wire transfer service may apply for compensation as the result of a multi-state settlement with the company in 2017. At the time of the settlement, more than 7,624 complaints from Alabama consumers had been filed. A total amount of $7,865,024 or m ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Presents Sumiton Christian School with 2017 Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Sumiton Christian School with the Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for a private school in the northern region of Alabama. Schools were selected as winners for 2017 from seven* Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as private schools for three regions of the state. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the safekeeping of ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Presents Simmons Middle School with 2017 Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Simmons Middle School with the Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for State Board of Education District 7. Schools were selected as winners for 2017 from seven* Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as private schools for three regions of the state. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the safekeeping of our children,” sa ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall One of Seven Attorneys General Filing Lawsuit Against DACA Program
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney Steve Marshall is one of a coalition of seven attorneys general who filed a lawsuit Tuesday calling for the halt of the unconstitutional Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which was implemented by an Obama administration memo without the legal consent of Congress. On Wednesday, Attorney General Marshall joined the same multi-state coalition in filing a preliminary injunction against DACA. Since the Obama administration’s unilateral creatio ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Presents Austin High School with 2017 Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Austin High School with the Attorney General’s Safe School Initiative Award of Excellence for Alabama State Board of Education District 6. This is the fifth time Austin High School has received the distinction. Schools were selected as winners for 2017 from seven* Alabama State School Board of Education districts, as well as private schools for three regions of the state. “In these times, we are all intensely aware of the seri ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Capital Murder Conviction for Murder of Montgomery Police Officer
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the capital murder conviction and death sentence of Mario Dion Woodward for the murder of Montgomery Police Officer Keith Houts in 2006. Woodward was convicted in Montgomery County Circuit Court in 2008. “This case is a tragic reminder of the debt we owe to law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Officer Houts was carryin ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Arrest of Former Department of Public Health Employee for Ethics Violations
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrest yesterday of Freddie V. Vengrouskie for soliciting or receiving employment from a business after directly regulating it and soliciting or accepting a thing of value as an employee of a regulatory body. Vengrouskie, 59, of Decatur, surrendered to agents of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office today and was released on bond. He was formerly an Onsite Environmental Supervisor with the Alabama Department of Public Health. T ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall Announces Alabama Joins 20-State Coalition Seeking Preliminary Injunction Against Obamacare
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that Alabama is one of 20 states that filed a motion in federal court this week seeking a preliminary injunction against the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). “The so-called Affordable Care Act has been anything but affordable for both consumers and for states,” said Attorney General Marshall. “In 2012, Obamacare barely survived a legal challenge when the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the law’s individual mandate was constitutio ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces 20-Year Prison Sentences for Birmingham Lawyer Convicted of Kidnapping, Robbery, and Attempted Murder
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that Birmingham lawyer James Woolley was sentenced today to 20 years for each of three convictions, for first- degree robbery, first-degree kidnapping, and attempted murder. Woolley was found guilty by a jury in Jefferson County Circuit Court on March 2. The three sentences of 20 years run concurrently. The Attorney General’s Criminal Trials Division presented evidence during the trial about crimes committed against the victim, J ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Jefferson County Capital Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the capital murder conviction of Jeffery Tyrone Riggs. Riggs, 48, of Birmingham, was convicted in Jefferson County Circuit Court in February of 2015 for the murder of Norber Payne, a woman with whom he had previously lived. Evidence presented at trial showed that Riggs and Payne had previously lived together at Payne’s apartment in a dating relationship, which Payne ende ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Urges Alabamians to Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, April 28
(MONTGOMERY)--- Attorney General Steve Marshall urges Alabamians to participate in the DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Saturday, April 28, at various locations throughout the state. th This year’s event—the 15 DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back--has approximately 80 collection sites scheduled to be available in Alabama this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to combat the abuse or misuse of potentiall ... Read Full Release
AG Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Talladega County Capital Murder Convictions
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the capital murder convictions of Charles Andrew Joseph Hendrix. Hendrix, 27, of Birmingham, was convicted in Talladega County Circuit Court in May of 2017 for three counts of capital murder relating to the contract for hire murder of Sylacauga attorney Blake Lazenby. Evidence was presented at trial that Hendrix participated in killing Lazenby in a murder-for-hire agreement. The man ... Read Full Release
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