Facing 30 months in federal prison, bankruptcy, the loss of the family home, and the insurmountable emotional toll he and his family have suffered, ex-Drummond Commpany executive Dave Roberson is prepared to talk with federal prosecutors about the intricate details of the North Birmingham Bribery Scheme.
Roberson never testified in his criminal trial and has never told anyone outside legal counsel about the meticulous and unsettling details.
Just a few months back, Balch & Bingham and Drummond Company were not concerned because Roberson’s criminal lawyers were paid by Drummond and Balch’s grip on Jefferson County including federal probes was solid.
But all that changed when Roberson hired Burt Newsome as his civil lawyer. Newsome, who allegedly was wrongly targeted, falsely arrested and defamed by Balch & Bingham, is running circles around the Balch posse.
U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town has been intentionally avoided and overlooked due to his ties to former U.S. Senator Luther Strange, Balch’s biggest stooge.
Instead, Roberson’s civil lawyer is working with federal investigators in Washington, D.C. and Capitol Hill senior staff circumventing the political cronyism and corruption of Birmingham.
And who should be worried?
Our sources say management members at Alabama Power, Drummond Company, Thompson Tractor, and Balch & Bingham—corporate supporters of the AstroTurf and money laundering entity Alliance for Jobs and the Economy that funneled over $360,000 in bribes to disgraced State Representative Oliver Robinson—appear to have possibly given incomplete testimony or even perjured themselves.
More interesting now are the five-figure campaign contributions (to investigators: alleged bribes) paid to Balch’s biggest stooge Luther Strange and ex-Governor Robert “Luv Guv” Bentley after signing the multiple ghost-written letters to the EPA against the North Birmingham expedited clean-up efforts.
The ghost-written letters were allegedly drafted by convicted felon and Balch-made millionaire Joel I. Gilbert.
You would think that after years of being raked over the hot, simmering coals by Newsome, Balch & Bingham would come to their senses.
Maybe Drummond will, and exit from Balch & Bingham’s kamikaze plung.