Alabama

285 ABA Journal articles on Alabama.

What the Doug Jones election means for criminal justice reform

Last year, prospects were looking good for a bipartisan effort in Congress to overhaul federal sentencing. But after long and careful negotiations, one senator almost single-handedly torpedoed the measure: the…

Meet the lawyer who won Alabama’s Senate election
The Democrat who beat former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore in the state's Senate race is a lawyer best known for winning the convictions of two Klansmen for the 1963 church bombing that killed four girls.
Twice-suspended former Alabama Chief Justice Moore wins GOP Senate primary

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was suspended from the bench twice, won a primary runoff for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday night.

Moore defeated…

When a mental health emergency lands you in jail

Early last year, two suicidal patients showed up at a hospital emergency room in Pierre, South Dakota, seeking help. Although the incidents happened weeks apart, both patients ended up in…

Ousted Alabama justice runs for Senate with calls for judicial impeachment for gay-rights rulings

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was twice ousted from the state supreme court, but that hasn’t stopped his determination to serve in public office.

Moore is currently the front-runner…

Florida Bar raises income cap for Free Legal Answers website to help Hurricane Irma victims
The Florida Bar has raised the income cap for users of the Florida Free Legal Answers online legal clinic to help more victims of Hurricane Irma get answers to their legal questions.
Alabama high court to decide whether judge’s Facebook post requires recusal in cop case

The Alabama Supreme Court will decide whether a black judge’s Facebook post nearly 18 months ago requires his recusal from the murder trial of a white police officer accused of…

Lawyer is slain in his home by man who wrongly connected him to 1997 case

An Alabama lawyer was shot and killed on Monday evening by a man who wrongly believed for the last decade the lawyer was involved in a 20-year-old criminal case against…

Lawyer is reprimanded over penis amputation suit

A lawyer in Irondale, Alabama, has been reprimanded in connection with his 2014 lawsuit contending that his client’s penis was partly amputated when he went to the hospital for a…

Federal judge orders Alabama to fix ‘horrendously inadequate’ prison mental health care

A Montgomery, Alabama, federal court ruled Tuesday that mental health care from that state’s Department of Corrections is so inadequate that it violates the Eighth Amendment.

According to AL.com,…

Supreme Court lifts stay, allowing execution of Alabama inmate on Thursday

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday evening lifted a stay of execution granted to an Alabama inmate who joined with other inmates to challenge the use of the sedative midazolam…

Man in jail for 10 years awaiting murder trial wants court to toss the charge

An Alabama man who has been held without bail for 10 years on a murder charge is asking a judge to toss the case against him for violation of his…

Bill intended to speed up capital appeals, opposed by the ABA, is signed by Alabama’s governor

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday signed into law a bill requiring capital defendants to pursue direct and post-conviction appeals at the same time.

Ivey said in a press release…

Alabama inmate is executed; Sotomayor dissent criticizes midazolam and lawyer phone ban

Alabama inmate Thomas “Tommy” Arthur was executed early Friday, the eighth time an execution had been scheduled for him.

Arthur, 75, was put to death for the 1982 murder of…

Alabama bill intended to shorten capital appeals is sent to governor; ABA had opposed it
The Alabama Legislature has passed and sent to the governor a bill intended to shorten death penalty appeals in the state.

The Legislature gave final approval to the bill last week despite opposition by the ABA, report AL.com and WHNT-TV. The bill requires requires defendants to seek post-conviction relief at the same time they are pursuing a direct appeal.

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