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The Next, Next

Last Thursday, when the CDLU walked by Steven McKinney at the federal courthouse during a break, he was beaming, happy. And we are sure today he is elated. Joel I. Gilbert is probably at home with stomach butterflies, stress, and anxiety as judgment day approaches. If indicted Balch & Bingham partner Gilbert is found guilty … Continue reading The Next, Next

Day 14: Jury Smirks at Not-Believable Gilbert Testimony; Defense Rests

[Post Updated Below] Could it get any worse for indicted Balch & Bingham partner Joel I. Gilbert? Kyle Whitmire of AL.com opines this morning about the not-believable testimony from Gilbert: Like I said yesterday, Gilbert has staked his freedom to the argument that, when they paid the Oliver Robinson Foundation, they had no idea that … Continue reading Day 14: Jury Smirks at Not-Believable Gilbert Testimony; Defense Rests

Balch’s Great Rift: Today’s Courtroom Drama

Good morning! Joel Gilbert, the indicted Balch & Bingham partner will be questioned this morning by the attorney for his former boss, Steven McKinney, the other indicted Balch partner whose legal team has claimed he was not involved in the bribery conspiracy. Although McKinney’s attorney has repeatedly demonstrated in court that his client had no … Continue reading Balch’s Great Rift: Today’s Courtroom Drama

Day 13: Medium-Well or Well Done? Gilbert Grilled on Witness Stand

The 13th day of the trial was bad luck for defendant Joel I. Gilbert, a Balch & Bingham-made millionaire, according to court testimony. Having had weeks of horrible testimony against him, Gilbert had to testify on the stand. After Gilbert laid out his autobiography, his defense lawyer threw him softballs questions in which Gilbert denied … Continue reading Day 13: Medium-Well or Well Done? Gilbert Grilled on Witness Stand

Star Chamber: Judge Smitherman Yowls while Andy2K Wails

During the Motion to Recuse her honor in the Newsome Conspiracy Case, Judge Carole Smitherman verbally attacked Burt Newsome, displayed flagrant bias, and then implicated her family. “You have attacked my family unfairly,” she yowled, according to court transcripts. Why would she say “family?” In his Motion to Recuse, Newsome pointed out that her husband, … Continue reading Star Chamber: Judge Smitherman Yowls while Andy2K Wails

UPDATE: Balch & Bingham Explodes; Lies to Alabama Supreme Court about CDLU

[Update: This post was originally published on July 9, 2018. We have since learned  that Burt Newsome has filed a response to Balch’s unsolicited response to Newsome’s Writ of Mandamus. His 8-page filing to the Alabama Supreme Court can be found by clicking here. Newsome discusses and reaffirms the troubling issues that Balch’s attorney failed to … Continue reading UPDATE: Balch & Bingham Explodes; Lies to Alabama Supreme Court about CDLU

Day 11: Balch Ethics Lawyer Warned Gilbert; Defense Teams Collapse

Although there was lots of excitement and drama today over a possible mistrial, the real bomb that dropped today was that of Chad Pilcher,  a Balch & Bingham government affairs attorney who testified that he warned Joel Gilbert about using State Representative Oliver Robinson’s position or letterhead. Pilcher regularly consults with the Alabama Ethics Commission, … Continue reading Day 11: Balch Ethics Lawyer Warned Gilbert; Defense Teams Collapse

Day 10: Balch Junior Attorneys Testify; Phillips Shredded; Matrix’s Mail Drop

Today, the testimonies from a former and current attorney at Balch & Bingham were insightful and could mean trouble for the defendants. Ex-Balch & Bingham attorney Talmadge Simpson (pictured left) who was, to some observers,  a superb example of junior attorneys that appear to have no idea when they are being used (or abused) in … Continue reading Day 10: Balch Junior Attorneys Testify; Phillips Shredded; Matrix’s Mail Drop

Day 9: Bentley, Strange Ghost-Written Letters; Brown Crumbles; Public Records Rigged

Today, besides the removal of two jurors with alternates, the criminal trial focused on the mundane but detailed review of how the letters of ghost-writer extraordinaire and Balch defendant Joel Gilbert made it to the top echelon of power: then-Governor Robert Bentley, who later resigned in disgrace, and then-Attorney General Luther Strange, one of Balch’s … Continue reading Day 9: Bentley, Strange Ghost-Written Letters; Brown Crumbles; Public Records Rigged