While the nation focused on the testimony of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, bought-and-paid-for politician Oliver Robinson was sentence to 33 months in federal prison by Judge Abdul Kallon today at the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Downtown Birmingham.
Lauren Walsh of ABC 3340 reports that Robinson, in a moment of contrition, stated:
My life has been about helping everyone, but in this case I failed. It is my prayer the residents of North Birmingham continue in their efforts to be placed on the national priority list. Again, my people in North Birmingham, my deepest apologies….I confessed my charges and I ask forgiveness from the people of Alabama and from God. I look forward to continuing to the path of redemption with every step I take for the rest of my life.
Oliver Robinson, who faced up to 100 years in prison, was part of the North Birmingham Bribery Scheme spearheaded by the former Balch & Bingham partner Joel I. Gilbert who was convicted in July on all six charges including bribery and money laundering.
Gilbert, a Balch-made millionaire, will be sentenced next month.
Rebuking defenders of Balch & Bingham, Gilbert, and Drummond Company, Assistant U.S. Attorney George Martin stated today, “[Robinson’s] co-conspirators led him down this path and still deny involvement, ” according to AL.com reporter John Archibald.
Is that why Balch & Bingham still will not apologize to the African-American residents of North Birmingham for the conduct of their former esteemed colleague who was on the payroll until the moment he was convicted?