In October of 2017, the Alabama Supreme Court issued an order demanding that the State of Alabama and alleged Balch & Bingham stooges file briefs in regards to the bogus criminal case against Burt Newsome that had been resurrected from the dead almost a year after being properly expunged.
The order on the Writ of Certiorari was supported by eight of the nine justices.
And who dissented?
Associate Justice William B. Sellers, a former partner at Balch & Bingham who was appointed to the Supreme Court only months before this order was issued.
Instead of dissenting, Sellers should have recused himself since he was a partner at Balch when the conspiracy was allegedly hatched and executed.
This was more than a conflict of interest.
Alabama Code on recusals reads, “A reasonable person would perceive that the justice or judge’s ability to carry out his or her judicial responsibilities with impartiality is impaired.”
Working years for Balch & Bingham, a reasonable person can conclude Sellers impartiality was impaired.
With a civil RICO lawsuit on the horizon and investigators looking at the corruption of the Alabama Judicial System, Sellers appears to have acted foolishly.
While some may say this was “an amateur move by the rookie justice,” was Sellers in communication with Balch & Bingham at anytime? How many calls and emails were exchanged? What will internet histories show? Did Balch and Sellers surf the internet together while chatting on the phone?
We are stunned by Sellers’ alleged conduct.
A product of the fiercely independent Hillsdale College, Sellers should have known better. His loyalty to Balch & Bingham appears to have blinded him to his new role and obligation to the highest court of the State of Alabama and the rule of law.