As we reviewed the Robinson Bribery Case, which involves a bribery scheme surrounding the North Birmingham CERCLA/Superfund site, we found an interesting fact that we believe may cause another Balch client, Alabama Power, to scream foul. Former Balch lobbyist Jeffrey H. Wood, the current acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources … Continue reading Did Balch Use or Abuse Alabama Power?
Demonstrating how toxic Balch & Bingham ‘s reputation has become, the Board of Directors of Alabama Power promoted two former Balch & Bingham partners but intentionally avoided mentioning their prior association with the embattled law firm in a press release. Promoting former Balch attorney Alexia Borden to Senior Vice President and General Counsel, the release … Continue reading Is Alabama Power Ready to Cut the Ropes with Balch?
What will it take for Balch & Bingham to come to their senses? A management change? More indictments? More partners fleeing? We, the CDLU, have engaged in fights for goodness and justice for almost 17 years. In addition, we have provided or secured over $10 million in medical services for the sick and the dying. … Continue reading Another Chapter…
Balch & Bingham lost half of their paying D.C. lobbying clients in recent months. On top of that, a 20-year veteran at Balch & Bingham, William F. Stiers, left the firm last week. Besides the federal indictments and two ongoing federal probes what else is sinking Balch’s reputation? The Star Chamber. Foolishly, Balch partner Schuyler … Continue reading Star Chamber Now Sinking Balch’s Reputation
The Washington Post made a strong observation as they wrote about Russian ties to the President’s orbit of advisors. “While Trump has sought to dismiss these Russia ties as insignificant, or characterized the people involved in them as peripheral figures, it has now become clear that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III views at least … Continue reading Now a Liability? Balch’s Success in Changing Russian Sanctions
[UPDATE: Politico.com quotes Stiers as saying, “The Balch platform is great for energy and environmental issues but my portfolio doesn’t sync with that.” Come on! Stiers worked for Balch for 20 years, and he just figured out he was out of sync? We actually think bribery allegations, federal indictments, criminal conspiracies, and website scrubs didn’t … Continue reading Stiers Jumps Ship; Firms Terminating Balch & Bingham as Lobbyists
Concealment, perpetuation, and personal gain. Those words ought to sound familiar to prosecutors at the Office of Special Counsel of the U.S. Justice Department. On May 23, 2017, Balch & Bingham attempted to deceive the public and Politico.com of their lobbying efforts on behalf of Russian-linked Black Hall Aerospace, saying they “previous represented” the firm … Continue reading Forensic Audit of Russian-Linked Black Hall Aerospace
Schuyler Allen Baker, Jr., a Balch & Bingham partner who filed the amended motion for summary judgment in the Newsome Conspiracy Case, declared that Balch was justified in interfering in Newsome’s business and livelihood because the Alabama Supreme Court allowed “ruining a rival” in a 1961 decision. But that is untrue. The Alabama Supreme Court … Continue reading Is Ruining a Rival Ruining Balch?
Now is the time for Mueller and his G-Men to go deep into the intricate ownership, corporate structure, financial records, and wire transfers of Black Hall Aerospace. With the federal indictment today of Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates, K Street is shaking as two lobbying firms, The Podesta Group and Mercury, were hired … Continue reading Mueller, the Russians, and Balch
In February of 2015, when the Newsome Conspiracy Case was at its infancy, Balch and alleged other co-conspirators vehemently fought the sealing of the case. Balch attorneys wrote at the time: “While Plaintiffs couch their motion as a prophylactic measure to ‘protect’ the reputations of the attorneys involved in this lawsuit, neither Cooper or B&B … Continue reading Balch & Bingham’s Prophylactic Hypocrisy
Why exactly did Balch & Bingham retain, as reported by The American Lawyer, “W. Warren Hamel, chair of Venable’s investigations and white-collar defense group in Baltimore, to represent it in the government’s corruption probe?” As we wrote at the end of August when the corrupt Star Chamber was formed, sources told us legal representatives of … Continue reading Influence Peddling in DC
We have some good news today. With the alleged suppression of poor African-Americans in North Birmingham and the creation of a secretive and corrupt Star Chamber to allegedly hide perjury and possible criminal acts in the Newsome Conspiracy Case, Balch & Bingham partners need to be investigated and brought to justice for the alleged trampling … Continue reading Equal Protection Under the Law
“Excitement comes from knowing what to expect,” screams the Balch & Bingham web site. Not exactly, especially when it involves federal investigators. Yesterday, two Balch & Bingham partners pled not guilty in federal court and each posted a $5,000 bond in relationship to the Robinson Bribery Scheme. Indicted Balch partner Steven McKinney, who served as … Continue reading Who on Balch’s Executive Committee knew about the Bribery Scheme?
The Newsome Conspiracy Case highlights what appears to be unethical, maybe even criminal behavior. The letter sent to AT&T in early 2016 appears to have been sent to prevent phone records from being released to Newsome’s legal team. The claims in the letter justifying the withholding of information are knowingly 100% false: there was no … Continue reading AT&T Letter: Perjury or Intentional Obstruction of Justice?
Two important questions: Why did Judge Carole Smitherman seal the entire Newsome Conspiracy Case five weeks ago without a hearing? Why are all proceedings now done in secret in a Star Chamber in Birmingham with no public access or public schedule available? We strongly believe Smitherman may be covering up alleged criminal acts and perjury. She … Continue reading Damn Lies, Crimes, and Perjury