The complete blackout of the procedures, hearings, filings or actions is extreme. Even our anonymous sources at the courthouse have been unable to provide us with information about the case.
- Is the case under mediation at an impartial setting?
- Has Balch finally come to their senses and are involved in settlement negotiations?
- Or are they picking a jury as we write?
- Has Judge Carole Smitherman tossed out parts of the case or kept the case intact?
Outside the Star Chamber, no one knows.
But we do know this judicial blackout has caused black eyes, not only to Balch & Bingham’s reputation, but to the judicial branch of Alabama.
As Section 13 of the Alabama State Constitution of 1901 states, “That all courts shall be open; and that every person, for any injury done him, in his lands, goods, person, or reputation, shall have a remedy by due process of law; and right and justice shall be administered without sale, denial, or delay.”
Contrary to the state constitution, the Star Chamber is not open; it is a closed and concealed institution whose proceedings are held in secret with no public access or information.
Newsome’s rights were allegedly trampled on, and injustice appears to have been administered in this mockery.
Who will stand up for goodness? Who will end this injustice? Who will hold Balch’s lackeys accountable?