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Attorney General Steve Marshall Leads 13-State Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Support of Pensacola’s Right to Maintain Historic Cross in Public Park
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall led a group of 13 states in filing an amicus brief Thursday to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the City of Pensacola’s right to maintain a historic cross in a downtown public park. “At issue is the right of the City of Pensacola to keep a public landmark in a city park,” said Attorney General Steve Marshall. “The landmark in this case is a simple Latin cross erected in a corner of Bayview Park by the citizens of Pensacola as the na ... Read Full Release
Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Capital Murder Conviction Prosecuted by Then-District Attorney Steve Marshall and Later Defended by Attorney General Marshall on Appeal
(MONTGOMERY) –Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Supreme Court has upheld the capital murder conviction of Jessie Livell Phillips, 38, of Albertville, a case first prosecuted by Marshall while he served as Marshall County District Attorney. This case was the first prosecution in Alabama under the Brody Act, which provides that a defendant may be prosecuted for murder of an unborn baby who is killed. Then District Attorney Marshall was instrumental in the passage of t ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Arrests for Double Homicide in Butler County
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrests* today of three men and a woman for the murder of two Evergreen men in Butler County in June 2018. The following defendants are charged with crimes related to the burglary, robbery, kidnapping and murders of Cortez Dees and Luman Williams, who were shot to death on June 2, 2018, on Dilly Hill Road in the Garland community of Butler County: ? Courtney Andrews, 31, of Birmingham, was arrested on September 21 for making a ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Holds 19th Annual Statewide Law Enforcement Summit
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall hosted approximately 900 law enforcement officials from all over the state of Alabama today during the 19th annual Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Summit. The 2018 summit offered a day of instruction in ongoing and new challenges facing police officers, sheriff’s offices and State law enforcement officials. Attorney General Marshall began the summit by welcoming law enforcement officers and thanking them for their service and sacrifice to en ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall, Home Builders Licensure Board Warn Against Home Repair Fraud in the Wake of Hurricane Michael
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall and the Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board are warning consumers to be wary of home repair fraud that may occur in the wake of Hurricane Michael. The Home Builders Licensure Board maintains an official list of licensed residential homebuilders for the state and urges hurricane victims to check this before doing business with a homebuilder or remodeler. The Board's website (www.hblb.alabama.gov) contains a wealth of information to help ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Randolph County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the murder conviction of Tyrik Lataz Treadwell. Treadwell, 20, of Roanoke, was convicted in Randolph County Circuit Court in November 2017 for the murder of Rodriguez Staples. Evidence was presented at trial that on January 12, 2013, Treadwell and Charles Brown went to the Traveler’s Inn in Randolph County to rob Staples, and that Treadwell killed Staples. Two women, Samantha Golden and ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Warns Against Price Gouging as Alabama Placed Under State of Emergency in Advance of Hurricane Michael
(MONTGOMERY) Attorney General Steve Marshall warned those who would seek to illegally profit from bad weather that Alabama’s price gouging law has been activated in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Michael this week. Alabama’s price gouging law comes into effect when the Governor declares a State of Emergency and it prohibits the ‘unconscionable pricing’ of items for sale or rent. Effective at 3:00 p.m., October 8, Governor Ivey declared a State of Emergency “in anticipation of wide-spr ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Houston County Felony Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the felony murder conviction of Kharon Torchec Davis. Davis, 34, of Dothan was convicted in Houston County Circuit Court in September 2017 for the murder of Pete Reaves. Evidence at trial established that on June 9, 2007, Davis, Lorenzo Stacey and Kevin McCloud drove to Reaves’s apartment to purchase marijuana. While Stacey waited outside, Davis and McCloud entered Reaves’s apa ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Settlement with Uber to Enforce and Strengthen Data Breach Protections
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Alabama has participated in a nationwide settlement with Uber that compels the company to comply with data breach notification laws and to make substantial improvements to its data security measures. In addition, Uber will pay a total of $148 million to the states, with the State of Alabama receiving $2 million. All 50 states and the District of Columbia joined the settlement with the California- based ride-sharing company, Uber Techno ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Wins Preliminary Injunction Against Dangerous and Deceptive Plumbing Operation in Northeast Alabama
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that a Calhoun County Circuit Court on Friday granted a preliminary injunction against a plumbing operation that had conducted dangerous and deceptive practices in several northeast Alabama counties. In the order, Judge Brian P. Howell found good cause to believe that defendants American Plumbing, Richard Joshua Pesnell, Jessica Pesnell, and Richard G. Pesnell had engaged in acts or practices that violate the Deceptive Trade Practices ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Shelby County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the murder conviction of Latasha Nichole Smith. Smith, 35, of Columbiana was convicted in Shelby County Circuit Court in April 2018 for the murder of Keith Fulgham. Evidence at trial established that on the evening of June 6, 2016, Smith was at a party with a number of acquaintances, including the victim, Fulgham. She became agitated with Fulgham because he had allegedly remarked to ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Cessation of Illegal Gambling in Houston County
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today that the Houston Economic Development Association (“HEDA”)—a non-profit organization in Houston County—has agreed to cease its illegal gambling operations at Center Stage. The agreement stems from a lawsuit filed by Marshall against the casino and the Houston County Commission in October of last year. Today’s resolution of the Houston County case by Attorney General Marshall is the second of these cases to successfully curb i ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Sentencing of Former Health Department Employee to Suspended Ten Year Sentence for Felony Ethics Violation
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the sentencing of a former employee of the Alabama Department of Public Health for using her official position for personal gain. Judge John Rochester sentenced Yoskio Denise Givner, 32, of Montgomery, to a suspended sentence of 10 years of imprisonment and placed her on four years of supervised probation. Givner pleaded guilty to the felony ethics violation on June 13, 2018. The Court also ordered Givner to pay court costs as determ ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Sumter County Capital Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld the capital murder conviction and life without parole sentence of Damon Lake. Lake, 25, was convicted in Sumter County Circuit Court in May 2017 for the murder of Terrell Brown on April 6, 2013. During an attempted robbery, Lake beat Brown to death with a metal pipe. Lake, who was 19 when he murdered Brown, claimed that he had diminished capacity as though he were under the a ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Capital Murder and Murder Convictions in Two Jefferson County Cases
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the capital murder convictions of Stevin Ra Dunning and the murder conviction of Tarus Hawkins. Both cases, which are unrelated, occurred in Jefferson County. Dunning, 25, of Birmingham, was convicted in December 2016 for the murder of Vincent Chancellor. The evidence at trial showed that in the early morning hours of November 9, 2014, Chancellor and his girlfriend left a ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Indictment of Chambers County Woman for Six Counts of Attempted Extortion of Former District Judge
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the indictment* of a Chambers County woman for six counts of attempted extortion in the first degree of a former local district judge. Dorothy Sledge, 62, of Valley, was served notice at the Chambers County Jail where she has been incarcerated since her bond for a previous case was revoked for obtaining these new charges. Attorney General Marshall’s Criminal Trials Division presented evidence to a Chambers County grand jury, resultin ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Supreme Court Reverses Decisions that Dismissed Indictment of Former State Trooper;
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the indictment of former state trooper George Martin will be reinstated and that he will be retried for the 1995 capital murder of his wife in Mobile County. The Alabama Supreme Court today reversed lower court rulings that had dismissed the indictment. Martin was convicted in 2000 and served 15 years on death row for killing Hammoleketh Martin. In 2015 the conviction was overturned and a new trial was ordered. Rather than pr ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Shelby County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) - Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction of Eric Matthew Blackerby. Blackerby, 19, was convicted in Shelby County Circuit Court in August 2017 for the murder of William Neff. Evidence presented at trial showed that Eric Blackerby killed Neff in the aftermath of a fight between Eric’s brother and Neff over a young woman they had both dated. The fight occurred around midnight on July 29, 201 ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Tuscaloosa County Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY) Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals upheld the murder conviction of Henry Patrick McGhee, Jr. McGhee, 27, of Tuscaloosa was convicted in Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court in December 2017 for the murder of Kevin Lynn Patrick. McGhee also was convicted of first-degree theft. Evidence at trial established that on April 19, 2015, during a fight, McGhee choked Patrick until he no longer moved. Witnesses testified that Mc ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Indictments of Two Monroeville Men on Multiple Drug Charges
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the indictments of two Monroeville men on drug charges that arose out of an investigation that also brought criminal charges against Conecuh County Commissioner John William Andrews Jr. Jack Lamar Jordan, 57, and Jimmy Coy Salter, 64, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance in the first degree, one count of unlawful possession of marijuana in the second degree and one count of unlawful posse ... Read Full Release
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