“Lord have mercy!” declared one of the residents in North Birmingham when we told her the news.
On Monday, our sources at Balch & Bingham gave us a heads up that Balch & Bingham had re-hired Irving Jones, Jr. the attorney who helped ghost-write letters for convicted felon and Balch-made millionaire Joel I. Gilbert.
Jones also infiltrated GASP meetings and monitored the environmental group’s social media feeds.
We wrote about his court testimony as reported by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Archibald:
Gilbert also asked Jones to draft a confidentiality agreement relating to Oliver Robinson. Four days before Oliver Robinson was to speak to the Alabama Environmental Management Commission, Gilbert got Robinson to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Jones was working for Christian & Small during the trial.
Did Jones believe the residents of North Birmingham would forget his “I was just following orders” conduct?
Jones’ page at Christian & Small is no longer active, and his LinkedIn profile shows his jump back to Balch (see screenshot below) confirming his re-hiring.
Balch’s re-hiring of Jones affirms what so many have suggested in private: Balch doesn’t give a damn.
Balch appears not to give a damn about Gilbert’s criminal misconduct, the horrific targeting of poor black children in North Birmingham, or the consequences of suppressing an area that is 92.5 percent African-American from having their toxic and contaminated property tested by the EPA.
Lord have mercy!