Alabama Supreme Court http://apr.org en Alabama AG Turns To Supreme Court In Barron Case http://apr.org/post/alabama-ag-turns-supreme-court-barron-case <p></p><p>The state attorney general's office says its prosecution of former state Senate leader Lowell Barron will be over if an appellate court upholds all three rulings issued by the judge in Barron's case.</p><p>The attorney general's office makes the argument in papers filed with the Alabama Supreme Court. It is asking the court to review rulings by a DeKalb County judge.</p><p>Barron and former aide Jill Johnson were indicted last year on charges of misusing campaign funds.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:57:38 +0000 The Associated Press 54589 at http://apr.org Alabama AG Turns To Supreme Court In Barron Case Court Rules Against HealthSouth In Auditor Dispute http://apr.org/post/court-rules-against-healthsouth-auditor-dispute <p></p><p>The Alabama Supreme Court is ruling against Birmingham-based HealthSouth Corp. in a legal dispute linked to the accounting fraud that rocked the rehabilitation company.</p><p>The justices on Friday rejected an appeal filed by HealthSouth in a legal fight involving its one-time auditing company Ernst &amp; Young.</p><p>HealthSouth filed a complaint blaming Ernst &amp; Young for failing to detect the $2.6 billion accounting scam that occurred under former CEO Richard Scrushy.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:08:14 +0000 The Associated Press 53871 at http://apr.org Court Rules Against HealthSouth In Auditor Dispute Ala. Supreme Court Rules For State In Bingo Cases http://apr.org/post/ala-supreme-court-rules-state-bingo-cases <p></p><p>The Alabama Supreme Court has again sided with the state's attorney general in attempts to shut down electronic bingo casinos.</p><p>Justices, in the opinion that was unsealed Tuesday, overturned 2011 orders from a judge that directed the state to return electronic gambling machines seized from Greene County casinos in 2011.</p><p>The attorney general's office has maintained the electronic gambling machines are not allowed by constitutional amendments allowing charities to offer bingo in some locations. Casino operators argue the games are legal bingo.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:28:25 +0000 The Associated Press 49510 at http://apr.org Ala. Supreme Court Rules For State In Bingo Cases Ala. Supreme Court Approves Work Release Costs http://apr.org/post/ala-supreme-court-approves-work-release-costs <p></p><p>The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled the state prison system can charge work release inmates for providing transportation to their jobs and other associated costs.</p><p>A group of inmates had challenged the Department of Corrections over charging $5 for a round trip to work and other items, including laundry of their work clothes. The inmates said state law limited the department to withholding 40 percent of their earnings, and the department was already doing that before adding the extra charges.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:02:41 +0000 The Associated Press 42848 at http://apr.org Ala. Supreme Court Approves Work Release Costs Alabama Court Modifies Ruling Tossing AEA Suit http://apr.org/post/alabama-court-modifies-ruling-tossing-aea-suit <p></p><p>The Alabama Supreme Court has changed some of the wording its recent ruling tossing out a lawsuit against the Alabama Accountability Act, but it didn't change the result.</p><p>On Sept. 20, the state's highest court blocked a lawsuit that members of the Alabama Education Association filed against four legislators to challenge the new law. Even though the legislators won, they asked the court to reconsider part of the ruling that said the Accountability Act appropriated public funds.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:14:54 +0000 The Associated Press 42096 at http://apr.org Alabama Court Modifies Ruling Tossing AEA Suit Ala. Supreme Court Issues Major Divorce Ruling http://apr.org/post/ala-supreme-court-issues-major-divorce-ruling <p></p><p>The Alabama Supreme Court has reversed a 24-year-old precedent and ruled that a judge may not require a non-custodial parent in a divorce case to pay college costs for children over the age of 19.</p><p>The court&#39;s 6-2 ruling reversed a decision issued in 1989 that said a judge could order a non-custodial parent to pay college costs passed age 19.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:40:22 +0000 The Associated Press 39183 at http://apr.org Ala. Supreme Court Issues Major Divorce Ruling Supreme Court Rules Against Fired Public TV Execs http://apr.org/post/supreme-court-rules-against-fired-public-tv-execs <p>The state Supreme Court is ordering a judge to dismiss an open meetings lawsuit filed by two Alabama</p><p></p><p>Public Television executives who were fired last year.</p><p>The justices ruled against Allan Pizzato and Pauline Howland on Friday.</p><p>The court says the two don&#39;t have a legal right to file suit claiming members of the television commission violated Alabama&#39;s open meetings lawsuit with a closed-door meeting before their dismissals.</p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 20:54:51 +0000 The Associated Press 38728 at http://apr.org Supreme Court Rules Against Fired Public TV Execs One Suit Against Alabama Accountability Act Blocked http://apr.org/post/one-suit-against-alabama-accountability-act-blocked <p></p><p>The Alabama Supreme Court has blocked a lawsuit challenging a new law that provides tax credits for attending private schools.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:58:43 +0000 The Associated Press 38295 at http://apr.org One Suit Against Alabama Accountability Act Blocked Ala. Supreme Court Won't Hear Professor's Appeal http://apr.org/post/ala-supreme-court-wont-hear-professors-appeal <p></p><p>The Alabama Supreme Court has refused to review an appeals court's decision upholding the conviction of a former university professor who pleaded guilty to killing three colleagues and wounding three more during a faculty meeting.</p><p>Former biology professor Amy Bishop Anderson has been appealing her conviction on one count of capital murder involving two or more people and three counts of attempted murder for the shooting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2010.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 22:11:39 +0000 The Associated Press 36192 at http://apr.org Ala. Supreme Court Won't Hear Professor's Appeal Court Won't Reconsider Ruling On Ala. Meeting Law http://apr.org/post/court-wont-reconsider-ruling-ala-meeting-law <P>The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to reconsider a ruling that some say could make it easier for government organizations to meet behind closed doors.</P> <P>The justices issued a ruling Friday saying they won't revisit the case of Clay Slagle, who sued after he wasn't given the job of Montgomery County's school superintendent in 2009.</P> <P>Slagle claimed school board members held illegal, private meetings before refusing to hire him.</P> <P>But the Supreme Court last year sided with the board, which claimed it was legal for members to meet privately in back-to-back sessions that Fri, 29 Mar 2013 22:02:35 +0000 The Associated Press 27632 at http://apr.org Court Won't Reconsider Ruling On Ala. Meeting Law Governor Bentley Signs Private School Tax Credit Bill http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-signs-private-school-tax-credit-bill <P>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley wasted no time in signing legislation providing tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools instead of failing public schools.</P> <P>The Alabama Supreme Court decided late Wednesday afternoon to throw out a lower court order that kept the Legislature from sending the bill to the governor for signing. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:36:11 +0000 The Associated Press 26727 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Signs Private School Tax Credit Bill AEA Has Monday Deadline In Tax Credits Lawsuit http://apr.org/post/aea-has-monday-deadline-tax-credits-lawsuit <P>The Alabama Supreme Court has given the Alabama Education Association until Monday to respond to an effort by Republican legislators to get a private school tax credit legislation signed.</P> <P>AEA got a Montgomery judge to issue a temporary restraining order barring the governor from signing the bill into law. Attorneys for Republican legislative leaders appealed to the Supreme Court and asked the court to lift the judge's order. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 23:03:25 +0000 The Associated Press 26410 at http://apr.org AEA Has Monday Deadline In Tax Credits Lawsuit Private School Tax Credits at Ala. Supreme Court http://apr.org/post/private-school-tax-credits-ala-supreme-court <P>The Alabama Supreme Court can decide whether the governor gets to sign private school tax credits into law.</P> <DIV> <P>Republican legislative leaders want the all-Republican court to lift a temporary restraining order issued by a Democratic judge. The order by Circuit Judge Charles Price of Montgomery keeps the governor from signing the bill into law while the judge considers a lawsuit filed by the Alabama Education Association. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 12:38:27 +0000 The Associated Press 26269 at http://apr.org Private School Tax Credits at Ala. Supreme Court Court Says Seized Casino Games Don't Resemble Bingo http://apr.org/post/court-says-seized-casino-games-dont-resemble-bingo <P>The Alabama Supreme Court says the gambling machines seized from VictoryLand casino don't resemble the game of bingo.</P> <P>The court issued an opinion Friday explaining why it ordered a search warrant for a raid by the attorney general after a Macon County judge refused.</P> <P>The justices said they viewed an undercover surveillance video of what the casino called "electronic bingo" games and they "do not reasonably resemble the game of bingo." The justices also said a reasonable man could reach no conclusion other than there is a fair possibility the games are illegal slot machines. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 22:37:33 +0000 The Associated Press 25944 at http://apr.org Court Says Seized Casino Games Don't Resemble Bingo Ala. To Appeal Ruling For New Trial In Bridge Deaths http://apr.org/post/ala-appeal-ruling-new-trial-bridge-deaths <P>Prosecutors say they'll ask the Alabama Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision throwing out the 2009 conviction and death sentence of a man accused of throwing four small children off a coastal bridge.</P> <P>The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday ordered a new trial for Lam Luong. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 22:59:30 +0000 The Associated Press 25194 at http://apr.org Ala. To Appeal Ruling For New Trial In Bridge Deaths