Category Archives: North Birmingham Bribery Case

Garry Drummond Would Have Backed The Robersons Over Balch & Bingham

Is it of no coincidence that Drummond Company yanked support for Spring Valley School, a school for the developmentally disabled, 12 days after firing David Roberson? Guess who works at Spring Valley School? David and Anna Roberson’s daughter (pictured above right). Was Drummond President Mike Tracy trying to get her laid off? Why the sudden … Continue reading Garry Drummond Would Have Backed The Robersons Over Balch & Bingham

Why Did Mike Tracy Become Disloyal to a Friend and a Colleague?

Drummond Company President Mike Tracy vowed unequivocally to back his friend, his co-worker David Roberson a year ago, releasing the following statement: We are disappointed by the jury’s decision to convict our employee, David Roberson. While we respect the judicial process, we consider David to be a man of integrity who would not knowingly engage … Continue reading Why Did Mike Tracy Become Disloyal to a Friend and a Colleague?

One Year Later, Criminal Convictions Still Sting Balch & Bingham

Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of when both Balch & Bingham partner Joel I. Gilbert and Drummond Executive David Roberson were found guilty on all six federal criminal counts. And the stigma still stings Balch & Bingham. The firm has refused to apologize to the North Birmingham African-American community for Gilbert’s misconduct. Worse, Balch appears … Continue reading One Year Later, Criminal Convictions Still Sting Balch & Bingham

Have Balch and Drummond Agreed to a Murder-Suicide Pact?

Let’s first talk about Drummond Company. We have no bones to pick with Drummond; we believe the company was given bad legal advice by Balch & Bingham; and before the criminal trial we even thought that David Roberson could be acquitted. Then six-months after his criminal conviction and Drummond’s vow to support a “man of integrity,” … Continue reading Have Balch and Drummond Agreed to a Murder-Suicide Pact?

Merry Canary! More Alleged Corruption and Drummond Dollars

We called ex-Drummond executive David Roberson the Missing Link last week, and now there may be more acts of alleged corruption that Roberson can possibly confirm for federal authorities. As Josh Moon of the Alabama Reporter wrote in 2017: [In 2014, the] EPA wants to list the [North Birmingham] site on the NPL [National Priorities … Continue reading Merry Canary! More Alleged Corruption and Drummond Dollars

Drummond’s Shameful Conduct: Dumping Support for Autistic Kids

Garry Drummond is flip-flopping and twirling in his grave. After firing their loyal Vice President of Government Affairs, David Roberson, on February 7, 2019,  sheer vindictiveness and pettiness appear to have driven Drummond Company to allegedly dump their support of Dave Roberson’s charity of choice: Spring Valley School, a school that caters to developmentally disabled, … Continue reading Drummond’s Shameful Conduct: Dumping Support for Autistic Kids

Is Alabama Power’s Crosswhite in the DOJ Cross-hairs?

In Alabama, the plantation mentality wants everyone to stay in their place and to accept the injustice or unsavory conduct—quietly. Even if you are a success story and not from the gentry class, the people with the plantation mentality won’t accept you, especially if you are African-American. If ex-Drummond Vice President of Government Affairs David … Continue reading Is Alabama Power’s Crosswhite in the DOJ Cross-hairs?

Scary Canary! Panic as Roberson–the Missing Link– Considers Singing to Feds

Our sources in Washington, D.C. tell us there has been panic since our post a week ago about ex-Drummond executive Dave Roberson who is now considering singing like a canary to federal investigators. Venable, the prestigious law firm out of Baltimore, that tried unsuccessfully to prevent the indictments of Balch & Bingham partners Steven McKinney … Continue reading Scary Canary! Panic as Roberson–the Missing Link– Considers Singing to Feds

Roberson Preparing to Sing like a Canary

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 … Continue reading Roberson Preparing to Sing like a Canary

Balch’s Wilted Flower Ripped to Shreds

During the criminal trial of Balch & Bingham partner Joel I. Gilbert last summer, Lance LeFleur, the Director of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), became le fleur fanée on the witness stand. As we wrote last year: The words from the [witness] stand shows a web of politicians and paid goons who appear to … Continue reading Balch’s Wilted Flower Ripped to Shreds

Balch’s Deception Allegedly Destroys Mountain Brook Family

Selling the family home. Contemplating bankruptcy. Attempting suicide twice. Destabilizing an autistic child. And the alleged cause of these troubles? Balch & Bingham’s deception. Dave Roberson, the ex-Drummond executive who was abruptly fired in February only months after Drummond Company publicly vowed to defend and support him, has mounted a $50 million civil lawsuit that … Continue reading Balch’s Deception Allegedly Destroys Mountain Brook Family

Roberson’s Wife Attempted Suicide Twice

In a shocking revelation in open court today, ex-Drummond executive Dave Roberson’s wife Anna, who grew up in Jasper, Alabama attempted suicide twice because of her husband’s troubles allegedly caused by Balch and Bingham’s bad legal advice and Drummond Company’s alleged greed. The bad legal advice was central to the criminal case known as the … Continue reading Roberson’s Wife Attempted Suicide Twice

Watch Out! $2,000 Bribe Lands Businessman 6 Months in Federal Prison

Breaking news tonight from AL.com: A California business executive was sentenced to six months in federal prison Tuesday for conspiring to bribe the former majority leader of the Alabama House of Representatives. G. Ford Gilbert, 71, paid former Alabama House Majority Leader Micky Hammon $2,000 to drum up support for a bill that would force … Continue reading Watch Out! $2,000 Bribe Lands Businessman 6 Months in Federal Prison

Balch & Bingham’s “Owed No Duty” Goes Contrary to Southern Company’s Values

Southern Company has released its annual corporate responsibility report and they list their values including: Unquestionable Trust Honesty, respect, fairness and integrity drive our behavior. We keep our promises, and ethical behavior is our standard. As we approach more publicly-traded companies about the controversies surrounding Balch & Bingham, Balch’s alleged dishonesty, disrespect, unfairness, and lack … Continue reading Balch & Bingham’s “Owed No Duty” Goes Contrary to Southern Company’s Values

Southern Company and Balch’s Third-Party Risk

[This post was originally published last year on April 30, 2018. Today is the annual shareholders meeting of Southern Company. With a federal probe emanating from Mississippi, cost overruns at a nuclear power plant in Georgia, and Balch & Bingham’s alleged shenanigans in Alabama, Southern Company has many issues to confront; however, CEO Tom Fanning … Continue reading Southern Company and Balch’s Third-Party Risk