Category Archives: Secret Star Chamber

Part 5: Alabama Power Sweetens Smitherman

The CDLU has investigated, written about, and exposed, not one, two, or three other questionable “contributions” but four in total so far to State Senator Rodger Smitherman, the husband of Judge Carole Smitherman, the Queen of the Star Chamber. Alabama Power’s donation, the fifth questionable contribution, was held under wraps as a courtesy to Tom … Continue reading Part 5: Alabama Power Sweetens Smitherman

U.S. Attorneys Cracking Down on Public Corruption in Alabama

“All those engaged in public corruption must be brought to justice, and it matters not their benefactor or station.” — U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town Public corruption in Alabama makes headlines again, a little over six months after two Balch and Bingham partners were indicted in an alleged bribery scheme. The Birmingham Business Journal wrote: … Continue reading U.S. Attorneys Cracking Down on Public Corruption in Alabama

Part 4: Money Trail Leads to Balch’s Indicted Partners

[Readers:  Please take a look at yesterday’s post. We have added an update.] Now comes the stocking stuffer. On December 26, 2017, Judge Carole Smitherman’s husband Senator Rodger Smitherman reported receiving $2,000 from BIZPAC. A few days before that, he received $500 from VPAC. (Read the campaign finance report here.) BIZPAC  is the same political … Continue reading Part 4: Money Trail Leads to Balch’s Indicted Partners

Part 3: Drummond’s Milk for Smitherman?

[Update down below.] As we pointed out last month, Senator Rodger Smitherman, the husband of  Judge Carole Smitherman received three contributions from two donors that raises the investigative question: Were donors attempting to influence the judge through her husband, or not? The contributions appear to come at critical times in the Newsome Conspiracy Case that … Continue reading Part 3: Drummond’s Milk for Smitherman?

Part 1: Greasing the Wheels for a Star Chamber?

Another headache for Balch & Bingham. We have been reviewing closely the contributions given to Smitherman.  And something smells. No, we are not talking about contributions to Judge Carole Smitherman who created an unconstitutional and secretive Star Chamber in the Newsome Conspiracy Case. We are talking about her husband, State Senator Rodger Smitherman. We looked … Continue reading Part 1: Greasing the Wheels for a Star Chamber?

AT&T Letter: Perjury or Intentional Obstruction of Justice?

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?