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Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Alabama Attorney General’s Office to Prosecute Hoover Mall Shootings Cases
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced during a press conference Thursday morning that his office will assume the prosecution of the November 22, 2018, shootings of E.J. Bradford, Brian Wilson and Molly Davis at Hoover’s Riverchase Galleria Mall. In a letter to Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr, Attorney General Marshall said he based his decision to assume prosecution of the cases after the admission by District Attorney Carr in a letter to Attorney General Ma ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Office of Prosecution Services and Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences Issue UPDATED Public Guidance on Alabama Law Concerning Possession of Cannabidiol (CBD)
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall joined with the leadership of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the Office of Prosecution Services and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to draft and distribute public guidance on the current state of Alabama law on the possession, use, sale or distribution of Cannabidiol, or CBD. The guidance comes in response to a growing number of inquiries about increasing sales of CBD around the state. This memorandum will be accessible by the ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Joins 42 Attorneys General in Calling on Social Security Administration to Curb Synthetic Identity Theft
(MONTGOMERY) - Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joined 42 other attorneys general in urging the Social Security Administration to implement stronger procedures to combat the growing problem of identity fraud including synthetic identity theft. “Consumers in our respective jurisdictions continue to contact us about the growing problem of identity fraud,” Attorney General Marshall and the other attorneys general wrote in their joint letter to Acting Social Security Commissioner Nancy ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Hails New EPA Water Rule Which Clearly and Fairly Defines Waters of the United States
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall welcomed the Trump administration’s release today of a new “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) environmental rule that defines the scope of the Clean Water Act. “I applaud the Environmental Protection Agency for the release of a commonsense approach to the protection of America’s waterways,” said Attorney General Marshall. “The new EPA Waters of the United States definition clearly delineates whether a waterway is covered by the federal gov ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Joins Multistate Fight Against Robocalls
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that Alabama is participating in a bipartisan group of 39 attorneys general to stop or reduce annoying and harmful robocalls. This coalition is focused on the technology that major telecom companies are pursuing to combat illegal robocalls. “Robocalls are not simply annoying but have become a persistent harassment that is disrupting the lives of our citizens and can be a means for scammers to steal their hard-earned money and savings ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces $6 Million National Settlement with Encore Capital, Midland Credit Management, Midland Funding to Reform Debt Buying and Collection Practices
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today that Alabama has joined 36 states and the District of Columbia in reaching a $6 million settlement with Encore Capital Group Inc. and its subsidiaries Midland Credit Management Inc. and Midland Funding LLC, one of the nation’s largest debt buyers. In Alabama, a total of $784,920 in debt will be fully or partially forgiven for 464 Alabama accounts for judgments that were entered against consumers in cases where Midland used an a ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Chief Tommie J. Reese Sr. to Serve as Law Enforcement Coordinator for Alabama Attorney General’s Office
(MONTGOMERY) -- Attorney General Steve Marshall announced City of Demopolis Public Safety Director Chief Tommie Reese Sr. has been appointed to serve as new Law Enforcement Coordinator for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. Reese will begin work in the Attorney General’s Office in January. “I am pleased that Chief Tommie Reese will serve as my new liaison with Alabama’s law enforcement community,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Chief Reese brings over 30 years of varied law enforce ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Applauds Supreme Court Decision in Favor of Critical Habitat Lawsuit Supported by Alabama and 17 Other States
(MONTGOMERY) - Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous decision Tuesday in favor of a critical habitat lawsuit supported by Alabama and 17 other states*. The high court decided 8-0 that the federal government cannot designate land as critical habitat for an endangered species that does not and cannot live on the land. “Today’s decision is a victory for fairness and common sense and a loss for overreaching federal bureaucrats,” said Attorney Gen ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Congratulates Assistant Attorney General Monet Gaines on Appointment as Montgomery County District Court Judge
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall congratulated Assistant Attorney General Monet Gaines on her appointment as a Montgomery County District Court Judge. Judge Gaines was notified of her appointment Monday by Governor Kay Ivey. “I join the entire staff of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office in expressing great pride in Monet Gaines’ appointment to a Montgomery County District Court judgeship,” said Attorney General Marshall. “We know that Governor Ivey could not have ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Appointment of First Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Clark Morris to Lead AG’s Special Prosecutions Division
(MONTGOMERY) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today the appointment of longtime federal prosecutor A. Clark Morris to lead the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Division (SPD) which investigates public corruption and white-collar crime. Morris, who currently serves as First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, will officially take over the AG’s Special Prosecutions Division on January 7. “I am delighted that Clark Morris has agreed to lead my ... Read Full Release
AG Marshall, ALEA, OPS and DFS Issue Guidance on Alabama Law Concerning Possession of Cannabidiol (CBD)
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall joined with the leadership of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the Office of Prosecution Services, and the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to draft and distribute public guidance on the current state of Alabama law on the possession, use, sale, or distribution of Cannabidiol, or CBD. This guidance comes in response to a growing number of inquiries about increasing sales of CBD around the state. This memorandum will be accessible ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces 2018 Safe Schools Initiative; Invites Nominations for Awards of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall is inviting public and private schools throughout the state to submit applications for the 2018 Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Awards of Excellence. 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 ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Two Separate Houston County Murder Convictions
(MONTGOMERY) Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder convictions of Clifford Warren Perry and Va’Kevis Raiel Collins. Perry, 50, of Columbia, was convicted in Houston County Circuit Court in April 2018 for the murder of Trevon Lingo. In a separate unrelated case, Collins, 19, of Dothan, was convicted in Houston County Circuit Court in March 2018 for the murder of William Hawkins. During Perry’s trial, the evidence indica ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces that Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Geneva County Reckless Murder Conviction
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld the reckless murder conviction of Justin Tyler Walding. Walding, 31, of Webb, was convicted in the Geneva County Circuit Court in December 2017 for the murder of Cindy Craig Knight. Evidence presented at trial indicated that on the evening of June 11, 2016, Walding had ingested a combination of alprazolam, hydrocodone, and methamphetamine and was travelling at a high rate of ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Statement on Resignation of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement upon learning of the resignation of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday afternoon. “During his time as U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions has been the standard-bearer for upholding the rule of law and fighting every day to make America safer. He has been a vital partner to state attorneys general, and to me personally, in dealing with violent crime and in strengthening our efforts to combat ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Arrest of Reserve Deputy for Providing False Information to Register to Vote
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall today announced the arrest of a Henry County reserve deputy for providing false information to register to vote. Wylie Aaron Mathis, 48, a resident of Houston County, is a reserve deputy in Henry County. Mathis is charged by a warrant resulting from a complaint brought by the Attorney General’s Office with providing a false address to register to vote in Henry County, in violation of Code of Alabama § 17-17-46. The crime is a class A misdemeano ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Arrests of Three Selma Police Officers for Providing False Information in AG Investigation
(MONTGOMERY)-- Three Selma police officers are charged with making false statements related to a matter under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office. The following men were indicted yesterday by a Dallas County grand jury and surrendered this morning at the Dallas County Jail: ? Toriano Neely, also known as Tory Neely, 48, a lieutenant who supervised the department’s detectives; ? Jeffrey Hardy, also known as Jeff Hardy, 45, a sergeant under Neely’s supervision; and ? Kendal ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Urges Alabamians to Participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, October 27
(MONTGOMERY)--- Attorney General Steve Marshall urges Alabamians to participate in the DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, on Saturday, October 27, at various locations throughout the state. th This year’s event—the 16 DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back--has approximately 50 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 potential ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Sentencing of Former ALEA Narcotics Officer for Computer Tampering and Ethics Charges
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Steve Marshall today announced the sentencing of a former Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) officer to serve 60 days in jail for 13 charges, including 12 counts of computer tampering and an ethics charge of using his public position for personal gain. Steven Wrea Ziaja, 40, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges on October 22 and was sentenced by Montgomery County Circuit Judge James Anderson. Judge Anderson sentenced Ziaja to 12 months, split to serve ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Joins in First International Charity Fraud Awareness Week, October 22-26
(MONTGOMERY)—Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall joins with state charities regulators nationwide, the Federal Trade Commission and the National Association of State Charities Officials to announce the first annual International Charity Fraud Awareness Week from October 22 to 26, 2018. This is a coordinated international campaign to help charities and consumers avoid charity fraud and promote wise giving. Consumers may follow events and information at #CharityFraudOut. Attorney Genera ... Read Full Release
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