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Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces $2.3 Million in Debt Relief for Eligible Former ITT Students in Alabama from National Settlement with Loan Company
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced today that approximately 289 former Alabama students of ITT Technical Institute will receive $2.3 million in debt relief as part of a national multi-state settlement with the loan company Student CU Connect CUSO LLC, known as CUSO. The defunct for-profit college had schools in Madison, Bessemer and Mobile as well as those in other states. Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of more than $168 million for more than 18, ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Praises U.S. Senate Confirmation of Corey Maze for Federal Court Judgeship, Northern District of Alabama
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall praised the confirmation of Corey Maze to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Maze, a former Solicitor General of the State of Alabama, was nominated for the federal judgeship by President Trump and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate today. “Through its confirmation vote today, the U.S. Senate acknowledged what those of us in the Alabama Attorney General’s Office already know,” said Attorney ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Conviction and Life Sentence of Former State Trooper George Martin for 1995 Capital Murder of Wife in Mobile County
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that former Alabama state trooper George Martin was found guilty by a Mobile jury today of the 1995 capital murder of his wife, Hammoleketh Martin, in Mobile County, and sentenced to life without parole. “Today, a jury of his peers found George Martin guilty of taking the life of his wife by setting her on fire and leaving her to die in order to collect insurance money,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Mr. Martin, a former state tro ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Denial of Federal Government Motion to Dismiss Alabama’s Census Lawsuit
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall welcomed a federal district court ruling late Wednesday allowing the State of Alabama to proceed with its lawsuit against the U.S. Census Bureau, Department of Commerce, and related officials. “I am grateful that the U.S. District Court has agreed with us and denied the federal government’s motion to dismiss our census lawsuit,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Alabama will continue to make its case that the Constitution and federal law requir ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Hails Alabama Senate Passage of Legislation to Reform State's Badly Broken Pardons and Paroles Board
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall hailed the passage of legislation today by the Alabama Senate to reform the badly broken Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. House Bill 380, sponsored by Representative Connie Rowe, R-Jasper, passed the Senate by a vote of 25 to 5. The legislation was carried in the upper house by Senator Cam Ward, R- Alabaster. The Alabama House of Representatives passed the bill on May 9, by a vote of 73 to 27. It now goes to the Governor for her signature. ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Statement on Execution of Death Row Inmate Christopher Lee Price
(MONTGOMERY) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement concerning the execution of death row inmate Christopher Lee Price on Thursday: “Tonight, the family of Pastor Bill Lynn, who was brutally murdered nearly 30 years ago, has finally seen Lynn’s killer face justice. Christopher Price was put to death at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, fighting until the very end to avoid facing the consequences of his heinous crime. “On December 22, 1991, Bill Lynn ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Settlement with Victims’ Families in Jimmy O’Neal Spencer Case
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the State of Alabama will pay the maximum damages that may be awarded under state law—$1 million*—to the families of Jimmy O’Neal Spencer’s three alleged murder victims. The families allege that the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles wrongfully paroled and failed to supervise Spencer, resulting in the deaths of Marie Martin, Colton Lee and Martha Reliford. Attorney General Marshall recused himself and was not a part of the settl ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Murder Conviction in Madison County
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the murder conviction of Clarence Fearn. Fearn, 47, of Huntsville, was convicted in Madison County Circuit Court in January 2018 for the murder of his stepfather, George Woodward. The evidence at trial showed that on September 30, 2009, Fearn had a friend drive him to his stepfather’s house. Fearn got out of the car, and the friend drove around for a few minutes until he he ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Murder Conviction in Jefferson County
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that on Friday the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed the murder conviction of Demetrius Luther Wilbert. Wilbert, 40, of Birmingham, was convicted in Jefferson County Circuit Court in July 2018 for the murder of Nichole Wallace, his ex-wife. The evidence at trial showed that on or about October 10, 2016, Wilbert violently beat, stabbed, and strangled Wallace to death, put her body in the back seat of her car, and burned the ca ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Court of Criminal Appeals Upholds Murder Convictions in Two Mobile County Cases
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday upheld convictions for capital murder and felony murder in two separate Mobile shootings. The Court upheld the capital murder conviction of Carltas Tez McCann. In another, unrelated case, the Court upheld the felony murder conviction of Jamarcus Marquis Mahone. McCann, 22, of Mobile, was convicted in March 2018 for the capital murder of Andrew Herlong. The evidence at trial showed t ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Statement on Execution of Death Row Inmate Michael Brandon Samra
(MONTGOMERY) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement tonight following the execution of death row inmate Michael Brandon Samra at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. “On March 23, 1997, Michael Samra and his friend Mark Duke coldly executed their plan to murder Duke’s father, Randy Duke, along with his father’s girlfriend, Dedra Hunt, and her six- and seven- year-old daughters, Chelisa and Chelsea. One cannot possibly imagine a more terri ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Presents Orange Beach Elementary with 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Orange Beach Elementary School with an Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence for State Board of Education District 1. The school previously received this honor for the years 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and now 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 aware of t ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Announces Indictment of Former Washington County Revenue Commissioner and Treasurer of Public Park and Recreation Board on 26 Felony Charges
(MONTGOMERY) —Attorney General Steve Marshall announced the arrest of Laura Lee (Lewis) Taylor, a former Washington County revenue commissioner and former treasurer of the Public Park and Recreation Board of Washington County. Taylor, 68, of Washington County, is charged with 26 felonies, including first-degree theft of property, identity theft, second-degree criminal possession of forged instruments, and attempt to evade or defeat tax. Taylor turned herself into the Washington County Sher ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Presents Nichols-Lawson Middle School with 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Nichols-Lawson Middle School with an Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence for State Board of Education District 3, for the second year in a row. 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 ou ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Hails Alabama House Passage of Legislation to Reform State’s Badly Broken Pardons and Paroles Board
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall hailed the passage of legislation today by the Alabama House of Representatives to reform the badly broken Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles. House Bill 380, sponsored by Representative Connie Rowe, R- Jasper, was passed by a vote of 73 to 27. “For nearly a year, the people have been stunned by news stories of inmates, who were convicted of violent crimes, being released from prison after only serving a fraction of their just punishment be ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Presents Richland Elementary with 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Richland Elementary School with an Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence for State Board of Education District 2. 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 Gener ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Presents Morris P-8 School with 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY)—Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented the Morris P-8 School with an Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence for State Board of Education District 8. 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 Ma ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Applauds Confirmation of Andrew Brasher for Federal Court, Middle District of Alabama
(MONTGOMERY) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall applauded the confirmation of Andrew Brasher to serve as District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Brasher, who is Solicitor General of the State of Alabama, was nominated for the federal judgeship by President Trump and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate today. “It is hard to imagine anyone who is more qualified to take on the responsibility of a federal judgeship than Andrew Brasher,” said Attorney G ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Files Brief Arguing Alabama’s Minimum-Wage Law Is Ordinary Economic Legislation, Not Purposeful Racial Discrimination
(MONTGOMERY) — Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a brief last week with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, responding to plaintiffs who alleged that legislators enacted a statewide minimum-wage law because they wanted to harm African Americans. In 2016, the Alabama Legislature passed a law that sets a uniform minimum wage for the state, which means that any local law setting a higher wage is preempted. At least 22 other states have enacted similar laws. But Alabama’s l ... Read Full Release
Attorney General Steve Marshall Urges Alabamians to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27
(MONTGOMERY)--- Attorney General Steve Marshall urges Alabamians to participate in the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, on Saturday, April 27, at various locations throughout the state. th This year’s event—the 17 DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back--has approximately 68 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 po ... Read Full Release
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