Corruption breeds stupidity. So what can campaign contributions buy you? Bias? Favoritism? Court orders that are way out of order? In the massive Writ of Mandamus calling on Judge Carole Smitherman to be recused and her 44 retaliatory orders be stricken, Burt Newsome provides indisputable evidence of courtroom bias, flagrant injustice, and judicial sloppiness that … Continue reading Star Chamber: Judge Smitherman Violates Her Own Order
In the Newsome Conspiracy Case, Judge Carole Smitherman was angry, seething in the secret Star Chamber hearing where she refused to recuse herself. She lashed out at Newsome. She continually interrupted Newsome and his lawyer. And she repeatedly talked down to them in anger. She unequivocally affirmed the appearance of reckless bias and alleged judicial … Continue reading Star Chamber: Judge Smitherman Implodes; Implicates Family
In the ongoing criminal bribery trial, according to news reports, Alabama State Senator Rodger Smitherman is listed as a defense witness for indicted Balch & Bingham partners Steven McKinney and Joel Gilbert, and Drummond Company executive David Roberson. Senator Smitherman received what looks like two pay through contributions from Drummond: one through BIPAC in November … Continue reading Bombshell: Sen. Rodger Smitherman Sat In On Star Chamber Hearings
Is Balch & Bingham really this stupid? We knew the secretive Star Chamber would be used to hide alleged perjury, criminal conduct and other allegations of unsavory misconduct. Now the secret veil has been ripped wide open at the same time as a criminal trial against two partners in the firm has started. There are … Continue reading Balch’s Star Chamber Disembowels Judicial System
Judge Carole Smitherman, the patron saint of the secretive and unconstitutional Star Chamber, may have more problems after she and her husband, State Senator Rodger Smitherman, accepted $30,000 in questionable contributions from entities funded by, associated with, or run by former associates of Balch & Bingham. The U.S. Department of Justice is cracking down on judicial corruption. … Continue reading DOJ Cracks Down on Judicial Corruption
On August 14, 2017, we foreshadowed what could happen in the future with the post “Will Carole Smitherman be the next Oliver Robinson?” Judge Carole Smitherman is the presiding judge of the secretive and criminal Star Chamber that was formed two weeks after our post was written. Oliver Robinson is the former Alabama State Representative … Continue reading With $30,000 Funneled to Smithermans, We Were Right
State Senator Rodger Smitherman’s filing is so sloppy, it mentions Judge Carole Smitherman’s campaign on the cover page. Was that a Freudian slip of the keyboard? [Update October 8, 2019: According to investigators, this was not a third donation. The $5,000 donation was from November of 2017 but Senator Smitherman appears to have concealed the … Continue reading Part 6: More Money to Smitherman’s Husband
Today marks 250 days since Judge Carole Smitherman created the unconstitutional and secretive Star Chamber to allegedly shield Balch & Bingham from public exposure in the horrific Newsome Conspiracy Case. We actually feel sorry for Schuyler Allen Baker, Jr., the lead Balch & Bingham attorney on the case, who fought for the foolish Star Chamber … Continue reading 250 Days of Darkness and the Mouse that Roared in Silence
The CDLU has investigated, written about, and exposed, not one, two, or three other questionable “contributions” but four in total so far to State Senator Rodger Smitherman, the husband of Judge Carole Smitherman, the Queen of the Star Chamber. Alabama Power’s donation, the fifth questionable contribution, was held under wraps as a courtesy to Tom … Continue reading Part 5: Alabama Power Sweetens Smitherman
“All those engaged in public corruption must be brought to justice, and it matters not their benefactor or station.” — U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town Public corruption in Alabama makes headlines again, a little over six months after two Balch and Bingham partners were indicted in an alleged bribery scheme. The Birmingham Business Journal wrote: … Continue reading U.S. Attorneys Cracking Down on Public Corruption in Alabama
As we pointed out in different posts starting in December, Judge Carole Smitherman’s husband Alabama State Senator Rodger Smitherman received first-time contributions and other political cash tied to Balch & Bingham or the co-conspirators of the Newsome Conspiracy case, a case that Judge Smitherman is presiding over. Influence peddling? Corruption? Or just coincidence? Now comes … Continue reading The Smitherman Shuffle
The blackout and secretive proceedings of the unconstitutional Star Chamber remain sealed and unknown almost six months later. No one close to Balch or working at Jefferson County can tell us what is happening in the Newsome Conspiracy Case—not even Judge Carole Smitherman’s most trusted acquaintances. Silence. Darkness. Secrecy. Although the parties could be in … Continue reading Star Chamber Cash?
Why is Balch & Bingham still following the path of Oliver Robinson, Joel Gilbert, Steven McKinney and others instead of stopping this alleged cycle of corruption and unsavory conduct? The cartoon below is satirical but has elements of truth. The questionable first-time contributions to Judge Carole Smitherman’s husband State Senator Rodger Smitherman has been the … Continue reading Balch’s Waterloo?
[Readers: Please take a look at yesterday’s post. We have added an update.] Now comes the stocking stuffer. On December 26, 2017, Judge Carole Smitherman’s husband Senator Rodger Smitherman reported receiving $2,000 from BIZPAC. A few days before that, he received $500 from VPAC. (Read the campaign finance report here.) BIZPAC is the same political … Continue reading Part 4: Money Trail Leads to Balch’s Indicted Partners
[Update down below.] As we pointed out last month, Senator Rodger Smitherman, the husband of Judge Carole Smitherman received three contributions from two donors that raises the investigative question: Were donors attempting to influence the judge through her husband, or not? The contributions appear to come at critical times in the Newsome Conspiracy Case that … Continue reading Part 3: Drummond’s Milk for Smitherman?