Category Archives: Secret Star Chamber

Star Chamber: Judge Smitherman Violates Her Own Order

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

Star Chamber: Judge Smitherman Implodes; Implicates Family

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

Bombshell: Sen. Rodger Smitherman Sat In On Star Chamber Hearings

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

DOJ Cracks Down on Judicial Corruption

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

With $30,000 Funneled to Smithermans, We Were Right

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

Part 6: More Money to Smitherman’s Husband

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

250 Days of Darkness and the Mouse that Roared in Silence

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

Part 5: Alabama Power Sweetens Smitherman

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

U.S. Attorneys Cracking Down on Public Corruption in Alabama

“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

Part 4: Money Trail Leads to Balch’s Indicted Partners

[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

Part 3: Drummond’s Milk for Smitherman?

[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?