In July, we wrote how Hezekiah Jackson, the president of the local NAACP Birmingham chapter, sold out the African-American community for cash. Balch & Bingham and Drummond Company’s criminal bribery scheme included a slew of “consultants” and other stooges that discouraged African-Americans in North Birmingham from testing their toxic property. While Balch & Bingham refuses … Continue reading Balch Stooge Suspended by NAACP
This post originally posted on February 6, 2018. Now with the aftermath of the conviction of Balch & Bingham partner Joel I. Gilbert, we have updated the post in purple. We, the CDLU, continue to visit regularly with the North Birmingham community. The institutional racism in North Birmingham is real. With a population that is … Continue reading Balch versus Blacks and Blue-Collar Competitors
According to the Center of Responsive Politics, Balch & Bingham appears to be down to only two well-paying lobbying clients in Washington, D.C. Looks like the dozens upon dozens of lobbying clients Balch used to have have dumped the embattled law firm into the outhouse. With the conviction of Balch-made millionaire and former esteemed partner … Continue reading Public Backlash: Balch & Bingham Tumbles in Lobbying Circles
We outlined last week how Balch & Bingham’s once-upon-a-time all powerful touch has disintegrated into manure and that the embattled law firm has become a political liability. Now government agencies are agreeing and beginning to give the boot to Balch-affiliated cronies, consultants, and goons. The Birmingham-Jefferson County Port Authority fired STRADA Professional Services last Friday, … Continue reading Giving the Boot to Balch-Affiliated Goons
Banking giant BBVA in Madrid, Spain is investigating their wholly-owned U.S.-based subsidiary BBVA Compass‘ relationship with embattled law firm Balch & Bingham and making sure they are not violating BBVA’s Code of Conduct. We have asked BBVA to suspend or terminate their relationship with Balch immediately. We wrote and spoke directly to the leadership in … Continue reading Will BBVA’s Code of Conduct Doom Balch & Bingham?
Balch’s Managing Partner Stan Blanton should be replaced immediately, and Chief Operating Officer David Miceli, who testified in the corruption trial, should promptly step down. As convicted ex-Balch & Bingham partner Joel I. Gilbert prepares to possibly share the dark secrets at Balch & Bingham before being sentenced to federal prison, questions about the law … Continue reading Balch, Bingham, & Bribery: Why Did They Cross the Line?
Our Facebook posts about how convicted Balch & Bingham partner Joel I. Gilbert spearheaded an effort that targeted poor black children in North Birmingham so that families would not have their toxic or contaminated property tested by the EPA have taken off across the United States and in Spain. The CDLU has been in touch … Continue reading Flushed! Balch & Bingham Reputation Takes International Beating
We still cannot believe (or stomach) that convicted Balch & Bingham partner Joel I. Gilbert and his co-conspirators (both convicted and alleged) would target the African-American children of North Birmingham to peddle their suppression and discouragement of testing of toxic and contaminated properties in an area that is 92.5 percent black, according to U.S. Census … Continue reading Targeting Children
When you at some moment believe there will be an epiphany, redemption, and acts of contrition by the leaders at Balch & Bingham, it is then when you hear the unbelievable, the most appalling conduct ever and equate Balch & Bingham with the worst dregs of humanity. Your shock causes you to utilize vernacular of … Continue reading Balch’s Free Coats and Toxic School Grounds for Children
Convicted Balch & Bingham partner Joel I. Gilbert has made national headlines this afternoon. As we continue to reach out to Wall Street institutional investors and businesses that have utilized Balch in the past with our call for them to immediately suspend Balch & Bingham, the national coverage is beneficial to and compliments our efforts. … Continue reading Conviction of Balch & Bingham Partner Makes National Headlines
Convicted Balch & Bingham partner and ghost-writer extraordinaire Joel I. Gilbert faces at least 20 years in federal prison. The data about federal sentencing guidelines on bribery are not favorable. The vast majority (94%) are first time offenders, yet a super-majority (75%) were sentenced to prison. With 6 guilty counts against him and a $360,000 bribe that … Continue reading Will Gilbert Share Balch’s Dark Secrets?
After this evening’s verdict, Balch & Bingham immediately fired convicted Balch partner Joel I. Gilbert. Stan Blanton, managing partner, had the audacity to try to pivot the bribery scheme away from the firm, saying “our firm was not a party to the case.” But one of Balch’s most loyal, dedicated equity partners was. Gilbert was … Continue reading Balch, Bingham & Bribery
Balch & Bingham partner Joel I. Gilbert was found GUILTY ON ALL 6 counts and so was Drummond’s executive David Roberson. Justice, Justice! As Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Archibald tweeted: Now that the bribers and the bribee has been brought to justice, it is time to look at so many others involved in this case … Continue reading GUILTY ON ALL 6 COUNTS: Balch & Bingham Partner and Drummond Executive
The CDLU was in the courtroom this afternoon. It was empty except for a handful of reporters and other observers. Soon the defendants, family members, legal teams, and representatives of the U.S. Attorney’s Office arrived. Even U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town was there. The jury entered. Members of the jury were happy and it appears … Continue reading Tick-Tock
Assistant U.S. Attorney George Martin gave the final rebuttal this morning and it was powerful. Even U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town was in the courtroom for the final discourse. Kyle Whitimire of AL.com tweeted: AUSA George Martin now up to give the second half of the government’s closing. He says he has 47 minutes and … Continue reading More Day 16: Defendants Own Words and Actions Prove their Guilt