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
Are federal investigators finally scrutinizing Balch’s client Black Hall Aerospace, Inc. a/k/a AAL USA, Inc., the Russian-linked aerospace company tied to Soviet immigrant Oleg Sirbu? In February, when the CDLU met with Sirbu’s attorneys Benjamin Coulter and Victor Hayslip, we were baffled why Sirbu had not gone to criminal investigators at the FBI. Allegedly U.S. … Continue reading Another Russian-linked Website Scrub
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
Why was Balch & Bingham so confident in comments not made under oath or in a deposition that was yet to take place in which Verizon had not even been subpoenaed about? [Since no information is available on the Newsome Conspiracy Case since August 31st because Judge Smitherman created a corrupt Star Chamber, we are … Continue reading Will Carole Smitherman be the next Oliver Robinson?
The parallel similarities between the Robinson Bribery Case and Newsome Conspiracy Case are striking: the use (or abuse) of an African-American elected official, money funneled through a third party entity, contributions made, etc. Although we are pleased that in a statement the leadership at Balch & Bingham vows to make sure partners are “adhering to … Continue reading More Indictments? Balch leaders and FBI need to Investigate
Individuals tied to environmental racism should have no sanctuary in the U.S. Department of Justice or the Executive Branch. With the federal indictment yesterday of two partners of Balch & Bingham over the Robinson Bribery Scheme, we called on the Trump Administration today to fire Jeffrey H. Wood, Acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General of the … Continue reading CDLU calls on Trump to Fire Former Balch Lobbyist
After the federal indictments were handed down, Balch & Bingham partners Joel Gilbert and Steven McKinney were put on an indefinite leave of absence and their Balch.com web pages were taken down. Balch released this statement to al.com: “Today we learned of the federal grand jury action regarding Joel Gilbert and Steve McKinney. While we … Continue reading Will Balch & Bingham Partner Turn Federal Witness?
To defend the indefensible by calling the overt suppression of African-Americans “routine legal services” is economic racism. More indictments are expected today from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Birmingham in the Robinson Bribery Case and a partner (or more according to our sources) at Balch & Bingham will be indicted. [Update: As our sources correctly … Continue reading Do Balch’s “Routine Legal Services” include Bribes and Economic Racism?
Is Balch & Bingham singing the blues? Are the Smithermans, too? Did they all make an enormous mistake? Since the end of August, bowing to Balch’s wishes, Judge Carole Smitherman created a Star Chamber without a hearing, without notice to hold secret proceedings in the Burt Newsome Conspiracy Case. She sealed the public court documents … Continue reading Star Chamber Blues
The Alabama Political Reporter wrote about our site yesterday morning, driving traffic to our site up at least 250%. Besides law firms, we received identifiable traffic from the U.S. Department of Justice, the Alabama State Legislature, and several law enforcement agencies. Alabama Political Reporter wrote: [BanBalch.com] seems “to know much about Balch & Bingham’s internal … Continue reading Will Prosecutors Now Take a Closer Look at Balch & Bingham?
Mike Thompson, the fundraising chairman of Strange’s U.S. Senate campaign was listed as a director of the Alliance for Jobs and the Economy, a tax-exempt entity created in 2015 whose purpose was to funnel $360,000 in bribes to a corrupt politician, former Alabama State Representative Oliver Robinson, according to court filings of the U.S. Department … Continue reading Strange Fundraising Chair Served as Director of $360,000 Corrupt Bribery Entity