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Balch Stooge Set to Sing Like a Canary; Will Grand Jury Hear About Balch’s Shenanigans?

Kyle Whitmire of AL.com reported yesterday that Balch stooge Trey Glenn (pictured above, left) has struck a plea deal in his criminal ethics case writing:

Last week, the former regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency — and a Trump appointee — pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor violations of the Alabama Ethics Act.

As part of the deal, prosecutors dropped felony charges against him and he won’t spend any time in jail. Instead, he must pay $10,000 in fines and keep his nose clean during two years of unsupervised probation.

“Part of the understanding is that Mr. Glenn will testify truthfully in any matter in which we call him and subpoena him as a witness,” Alabama Ethics Commission General Counsel Cynthia Raulston told the court.

And with Glenn’s plea, there’s one defendant left — Scott Phillips, Glenn’s former business partner and a former member of the Alabama Environmental Management Commission.

As readers may recall, Glenn and Phillips were indicted in November of 2018.

Balch & Bingham contracted with Trey Glenn who then directed payments to Scott Phillips to lobby the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to oppose the EPA in listing the North Birmingham site on the National Priorities List. 

At the time that Scott Phillips (pictured above, right) and Trey Glenn were receiving money from Balch to lobby ADEM on a policy matter involving the listing of North Birmingham as a Superfund site, Scott Phillips was on the Alabama Environmental Management Commission, the entity that oversees ADEM.

Drummond Company reimbursed Balch for Glenn and Phillips’ consulting “work,” but convicted Drummond executive David Roberson was mislead and never, ever told of the lobbying scheme.

The lobbying scheme and testimony from Phillips and Glenn were used to convict Roberson in his criminal trial. Roberson was allegedly told by Drummond executives and lawyers at Balch that the consulting work paid to the duo was in regards to the ABC Coke plant, a lie.

Now the question is who will Glenn sing to? A grand jury? About whom or what entities? Balch & Bingham? Alabama Power? Drummond Company?

Roberson told The Washington Post that beyond convicted felon and ex-Balch partner Joel I. Gilbert, allegedly another 20 Balch & Bingham attorneys were involved in the North Birmingham Bribery Scandal.

Wil Balch’s shenanigans and willing participants come to light? Will Alabama Power’s dominating influence be mentioned? Who will be investigated?

Sing, Trey, sing!


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