David Roberson, the Drummond Company executive who was indicted along with Balch & Bingham partners Steven McKinney and Joel Gilbert, has a realistic chance of being acquitted while his two former legal counselors could end up convicted for the Oliver Robinson Bribery Scheme. Although Roberson’s legal team lost their motion to bifurcate the case, the … Continue reading Roberson Acquittal?
Judge Carole Smitherman, the patron saint of the secretive and unconstitutional Star Chamber, may have more problems after she and her husband, State Senator Rodger Smitherman, accepted $30,000 in questionable contributions from entities funded by, associated with, or run by former associates of Balch & Bingham. The U.S. Department of Justice is cracking down on judicial corruption. … Continue reading DOJ Cracks Down on Judicial Corruption
As the Business Council of Alabama collapses on the eve of the Oliver Robinson Criminal Bribery Trial, our readers ask why did Alabama Power and others seek leadership change? Bill Britt of the Alabama Political Reporter writes this morning: For over a year, [Alabama Power CEO Mark] Crosswhite and other prominent business executives worked quietly … Continue reading Lies and Impunity Kill Canary
We were extremely pleased when Balch & Bingham announced six months ago the appointment of their first-ever Chief Compliance Officer, Stephen Feaga. We respect him and believe he is a pillar of integrity. But six months in, we ask, was it all window dressing? Our involvement began with the Burt Newsome Conspiracy Case. The case … Continue reading Six Months Later, Feaga is MIA
Powerful. Connected. Trusted. Bill Canary at one point had it all. The former Chief of Staff to Alabama Governor Bob Riley is married to the former U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, Leura Canary. At their height, they were the most powerful political couple in Montgomery. But in the last 72 hours, we have … Continue reading Will Balch & Bingham End Up Like Bill Canary?
In less than a week, indicted Balch & Bingham partner Joel I. Gilbert‘s criminal trial begins. In February, we took Gilbert to task for drafting what appears to be a letter of intimidation to a public charity in 2014 that demanded a list of their financial supporters. The hardball tactic reminded us of the unsavory … Continue reading States’ Rights, Overreach, and Balch & Bingham
Alabama Political Reporter broke the news today: This morning, a letter was delivered to the Business Council of Alabama stating that Alabama Power is withdrawing its membership from the business organization, “effective immediately.” Alabama Political Reporter obtained a copy of the letter in which Alabama Power CEO Mark Crosswhite makes clear to BCA Chairman Perry … Continue reading Alabama Power Withdraws from Business Council of Alabama
Maybe some thought the Three Musketeers would walk through the courtroom doors on June 25th screaming, “All for one, one for all!” But this criminal trial is not a movie; the reality is there are two trials wrapped in one: one against the Balch & Bingham partners Joel Gilbert and Steven McKinney, and another against … Continue reading No Three Musketeers
Just imagine if the Drummond executive’s honesty, hard work and integrity are contrasted before a jury against the alleged abhorrent and unprofessional conduct by Balch in the Newsome Conspiracy Case. [ This post originally was published on December 14, 2017. Because the defendants recently lost their motion to bifurcate the case into two separate criminal … Continue reading Will the Drummond Separation End in Divorce?
Will the indicted partners at Balch & Bingham risk their lives for the sake of the firm? Do they honestly, truly believe they can beat the criminal charges? Before Steven McKinney and Joel Gilbert were indicted, Washington insiders were allegedly used to try to prevent or block the indictments, even allegedly whispering indirectly into U.S. … Continue reading Losing Streak
60 years ago, the horror flick “The Blob” was Steve McQueen’s film debut. The Blob was devouring and dissolving everything in its path in rural Pennsylvania. Now Balch & Bingham’s Blob is devouring the legal system in Alabama. In less than two weeks, a criminal trial against two Balch partners begins. At around the same … Continue reading Balch’s Blob
We know about some of the great and honorable partners at Balch & Bingham who truly have been hurt by the alleged unsavory, racist, and criminal conduct by a few bad apples at the firm. In Atlanta, a controversy has exploded over the high legal fees paid to a law firm to investigate a first-class … Continue reading Balch vs. Balch
As the criminal trial against Balch & Bingham partners Joel I. Gilbert and Steven McKinney set to start on Monday, June 25th with jury selection, the question observers have is will either of them flip and take a plea deal? We had reported after the indictments for the $360,000 bribery scheme were handed down that … Continue reading Who Will Flip Before June 25th?
As we wrote recently, our efforts reporting about Black Hall Aerospace a/k/a AAL USA, Inc. appears to have spurred three different federal probes. Balch & Bingham had represented Black Hall as the Huntsville-based aerospace company lobbied on Capitol Hill to have Russian sanctions changed. The sanctions were successfully modified in November of 2015. We have called on … Continue reading Ex-Balch Client Loses Piece of $25 Billion Pie
On June 25, jury selection begins in the criminal trial of two Balch & Bingham partners and a Drummond Company executive in the Oliver Robinson Bribery Scandal. If one or both of the partners are convicted, RICO attorneys would undoubtedly file actions against Balch & Bingham. With allegations of racism, unsavory third party vendors, hired … Continue reading Part 4: Southern Company, Ronnlund and The Coming Crisis