We always suspected they were in cahoots.
Former State Attorney General and ex-U.S. Senator Luther Strange appears to be—unequivocally—the biggest stooge for Balch & Bingham, the once prestigious, silk-stocking law firm.
Besides ghostwriting for their alleged bought-and-paid-for-politicians, Balch appears to have directly coordinated with state agencies.
What hasn’t been evident before was how closely Strange’s office and the Balch lawyers Gilbert and McKinney were working together.
When Strange’s administrative assistant emailed the letter to the EPA, she blind carbon copied three lawyers in the Alabama Attorney General’s office — and Gilbert at Balch.
Essentially, Strange’s office was letting Gilbert read their correspondence with the EPA without the EPA knowing Gilbert could see it.
And the Attorney General’s office’s coordination with Gilbert didn’t stop there. Additional emails show that Robert Tambling, the chief of the environmental section, followed up on Nov. 4, 2014, after the EPA apparently failed to respond to Strange’s first letter.
Tambling immediately forwarded a copy of his email to the EPA to Gilbert at Balch, writing to him, “Joel, Hope this helps. RT”
A few minutes later, Gilbert wrote back, “Can’t hurt … Thanks.”
Now a can of worms has opened up, especially in relationship to Balch’s and Luther Strange’s involvement in the Newsome Conspiracy Case.
Did Balch in any way coordinate with the State Attorney General in 2016 to file a “cut and paste” brief in support of the resurrection of the bogus criminal case against Burt Newsome that had been expunged?
A public records request should be headed soon to the Office of the Attorney General.