The details of the invoices were mostly redacted to a degree that the description of the fees and work done were indeterminable. Some fees billed on the invoices and submitted were not even related to this case.
Although the Queen of the Star Chamber Judge Carole Smitherman has ruled against Burt Newsome by approving Balch & Bingham’s summary judgment, she refuses to unseal the court records, even though the case is over in the lower court, according to an appeal filed with the Alabama Supreme Court.
When Smitherman originally ruled to create the Star Chamber, the argument was that we, the CDLU and our website, would taint the jury pool.
There will be no jury now.
The case is over at the local level.
Smitherman’s actions proves she’s nothing more than a stooge for Balch & Bingham and confirms what civil RICO experts have said: the manipulation of the pay-to-play judiciary branch in Alabama is real and tangible.
We ask again, what in the hell could Smitherman be hiding? Perjury? Possible criminal conduct? Corruption? Obstruction of justice?
But now an even bigger disgrace has been exposed.
Smitherman approved over $192,000 in redacted attorney fees against Burt Newsome. In other words, Newsome and his legal team were given bills that were blacked-out, they couldn’t read, and then told to pay up.
In his appeal notice to the Alabama Supreme Court, Newsome wrote:
In August of 2018, the Defendants/Appellees submitted invoices with their Motions for Attorney Fees. The details of the invoices were mostly redacted to a degree that the description of the fees and work done were indeterminable. Some fees billed on the invoices and submitted were not even related to this case. On November of 2018 the Trial Judge entered an order granting all Defendants/Apellees’ motions.
Redacted and indeterminable!
This is more than a miscarriage of justice against Newsome.
This is a horn, a loud horn exposing to the world to what unconscionable and unsavory depths to which Balch & Bingham and its stooges will allegedly go to destroy the rule of law and to carry on an arrogant march of defiance with impunity.
Anyone reading this post is shaking their heads in disbelief, including those close to Balch & Bingham.
And so are our friends in Washington, D.C. who believe in inherent goodness, justice, and the rule of law.