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
“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
As we pointed out in different posts starting in December, Judge Carole Smitherman’s husband Alabama State Senator Rodger Smitherman received first-time contributions and other political cash tied to Balch & Bingham or the co-conspirators of the Newsome Conspiracy case, a case that Judge Smitherman is presiding over. Influence peddling? Corruption? Or just coincidence? Now comes … Continue reading The Smitherman Shuffle
The blackout and secretive proceedings of the unconstitutional Star Chamber remain sealed and unknown almost six months later. No one close to Balch or working at Jefferson County can tell us what is happening in the Newsome Conspiracy Case—not even Judge Carole Smitherman’s most trusted acquaintances. Silence. Darkness. Secrecy. Although the parties could be in … Continue reading Star Chamber Cash?
Why is Balch & Bingham still following the path of Oliver Robinson, Joel Gilbert, Steven McKinney and others instead of stopping this alleged cycle of corruption and unsavory conduct? The cartoon below is satirical but has elements of truth. The questionable first-time contributions to Judge Carole Smitherman’s husband State Senator Rodger Smitherman has been the … Continue reading Balch’s Waterloo?
[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
[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?
The cash keeps on coming. On Friday we called on state criminal and ethics investigators to look at a donation made by Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton to Alabama State Senator Rodger Smitherman. He is the husband of Judge Carole Smitherman who created an unconstitutional and secretive Star Chamber in the Newsome Conspiracy Case. The … Continue reading Part 2: Contributions and the 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?
As we approach the 100-day mark since its inception, the corrupt Star Chamber created to allegedly conceal unethical and possible criminal actions in the Newsome Conspiracy Case has been effective. 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 … Continue reading Blackout and Black Eyes
We told you so. The statement that the pre-paid wireless phone number connecting all the alleged co-conspirators in the Newsome Conspiracy Case is a “routing switch” is pure hogwash. Going to a major wireless carrier (T-Mobile), we found that the number central to the Newsome Conspiracy Case is eligible for porting and available for transfer … Continue reading Pure Hogwash and Phone Perjury
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 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
Vowing to make sure all partners and staff “are adhering to the highest standards of legal and ethical compliance,” Balch & Bingham leaders now need to engage in critical and concrete steps to show that their words are not fluff, public relations hot air. First and foremost, Balch leaders need to dismantle the unethical, corrupt, … Continue reading Balch Must Dismantle Corrupt Star Chamber