297 ABA Journal Alabama articles.

Alabama governor redirects some inmate food cash; will it stop sheriffs from keeping the leftovers?
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is calling on lawmakers to change a state law that some sheriffs have cited to keep food funds that aren’t spent on inmate meals.
ABA will honor Bryan Stevenson, founder of Equal Justice Initiative, with ABA Medal
Bryan Stevenson has made a career out of representing “the broken people,” as he put it in his autobiography, Just Mercy. His Equal Justice Initiative, founded in 1994, focuses on representing people who may have been denied a fair trial because of their youth, race or other circumstances.
States may scrap marriage licenses as counties resist same-sex ruling
Probate judges in at least seven Alabama counties refuse to issue marriage licenses to any couples, same-sex or heterosexual, so lawmakers may abolish licenses altogether. Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Montana have similar proposals.
Judge’s order says Alabama court ‘literally had to beg for money’ to pay staff
Corrected: When granting a continuance last Friday, Circuit Judge James Patterson of Alabama’s 13th Judicial Circuit in Mobile County advised the litigants they likely wouldn’t get another court date this year due to funding shortfalls.
Alabama sheriff who pocketed $750K in inmate food money thanks to state law loses in primary

An Alabama sheriff has lost a Republican primary race for the position after news reports revealed he pocketed more than $750,000 in excess money designated for inmate food.

Etowah County…

Federal judge knocks ‘faux drama in briefing’ with link to Tom Hanks GIF
A federal judge in Birmingham, Alabama, used a GIF to express his displeasure with “faux drama in briefing” in a dispute over a motion to exceed page limits.

In a May 1 order, U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor linked to an animated GIF of a skeptical-looking Tom Hanks with the caption, “Really?” Above the Law and Law360 have coverage.
Roy Moore files defamation suit against 4 of his accusers

Failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore has sued three accusers who claimed he pursued inappropriate relationships with them when they were teenage girls and another woman who accused him of…

Lawyer gets 20 years over bizarre incident involving bolt cutters, a machete and hazmat suits

An Alabama lawyer has been sentenced to 20 years in prison based on allegations that he wore a hazmat suit while he threatened a man with bolt cutters and struck…

LeBron James issues infringement letter to the University of Alabama over web series
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and his multimedia platform, Uninterrupted, sent a notice of copyright infringement to the University of Alabama earlier this month.
Alabama sheriff pocketed $750K in inmate food money as a result of unusual law

An Alabama sheriff who is paid $93,000 a year was able to pocket more than $750,000 from excess money in an inmate food fund over a three-year period, thanks to…

Federal judge considers $1M in fines for prison medical provider’s ‘intractable failures’

In late December, federal Magistrate Judge David Duncan waved an iPad in front of his Phoenix courtroom, enraged. He had just read a local news article suggesting that the Arizona…

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…

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