What in God’s name was Balch & Bingham thinking by not warning Alabama Governor Kay Ivey about alleged child predator and former Balch associate Chase T. Espy?
After eight long years at the embattled law firm, Espy, according to Balch’s own mouthpiece, was terminated in September of 2020. In April, just days after the alleged online solicitation of a child, Espy was hired as Deputy General Counsel to the Governor.
Balch should have warned the governor. But then again, maybe Balch believes that the law firm “owed no duty” to tell the Governor or her staff the truth.
Balch’s former partner Will Sellers was Ivey’s top political advisor until she appointed him to the Alabama Supreme Court.
His wife, Lee Sellers, is currently the Director of Special Projects and Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor.
Balch is wrapped around the Governor like a warm blanket by Montgomery’s power couple.
For whatever reason Espy was terminated, Balch should have warned the Governor or her Deputy Chief of Staff.
Instead, Espy’s arrest created international headlines because the alleged sexual deviant worked for the Governor.
Now the Governor needs to ask, who recommended Espy for the job? Who provided references and glowing letters of recommendation?
From September through March, Espy was “self-employed,” according to LinkedIn. Was he given a generous severance package by Balch?
Balch, like always, has wiped Espy clean from their website and blogs, but Espy was no little minion above a paralegal.
Espy was a valued attorney for eight years at Balch who even appeared on pleadings before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Can you imagine that an alleged pedophile, an alleged sexual pervert who sought sex with a child was presenting before the Roberts court?
Balch appears to not have had the decency, the integrity to warn their closest political allies.
And the fallout has begun.
The Sellers need to distance themselves from the once-prestigious law firm, and no one in Montgomery should trust Balch whose core value appears to be lying while burning their friends.
And the Espy fiasco proves so.
Burn, baby, burn!