Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange

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3:38 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Strange Opening Re-Election Campaign For Ala. AG

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is kicking off his re-election campaign.
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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is kicking off his re-election campaign.

Strange will begin his re-election bid by filing his qualifying materials Monday morning at state Republican Party headquarters in Hoover.

It's not a surprise: Strange announced a year ago that he would seek a second term in 2014.

The attorney and former lobbyist defeated incumbent Troy King in the GOP primary in 2010, and then he went on to win the general election.

Strange has no announced opposition this year among either Republicans or Democrats.

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School Funding Suit
3:58 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Alabama Property Tax System Survives Challenge

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta as rejected a suit challenging Alabama's property tax structure.
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A federal appeals court has rejected a suit challenging Alabama's property tax structure.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled against black and white plaintiffs from Sumter and Lawrence counties who contended that Alabama's property tax system is rooted in racial discrimination and cripples the ability of rural, predominantly black school systems to raise revenue.

A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit rejected their challenges to Alabama's cap on property tax rates and the state's system of classifying property.

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Attorney General
4:09 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Alabama AG Seeks Shorter Appeals In Capital Cases

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says one of his goals for the legislative session starting Tuesday is to shorten the appeal time in death penalty cases.
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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says one of his goals for the legislative session starting Tuesday is to shorten the appeal time in death penalty cases.

At news conferences across the state, the Republican attorney general said going through a capital murder trial and all the appeals can take nearly two decades.

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Farmer Scam
4:10 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Ala. AG Warns About Possible Black Farmers Scam

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is warning about a possible scam in a case by black farmers who sued over discrimination claims.
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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is warning about a possible scam in a case by black farmers who sued over discrimination claims.

Strange says people should be wary of anyone offering to help file claims in the farmers' lawsuit involving the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Strange says he's concerned about reports that black farmers are being told that for a fee someone can help them participate in the discrimination lawsuit.

The lawsuit resulted in more than $1 billion being offered to settle claims by black farmers that the USDA discriminated against them.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:37 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Alabama AG Says Blocking Law Won't Help Students

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is telling a federal judge that blocking the new Alabama Accountability Act won't help students in failing public schools.
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Alabama's attorney general is telling a federal judge that blocking the new Alabama Accountability Act won't help students in failing public schools.

Attorney General Luther Strange is trying to get U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of eight students in failing schools.

The suit challenges the law on equal protection grounds, saying the law's transfer provisions aren't open to the students because there aren't any non-failing public schools or private schools nearby that will accept transfers.

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Politics & Government
8:22 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Order Halts Company From Doing Business in Ala.

SWATS faces more than 260 counts of deceptive trade practices act violations
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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has been given a temporary restraining order to stop a company accused of making unsubstantiated health claims about its products from selling them.

   Officials said Thursday that Strange charged SWATS with more than 260 counts of deceptive trade practices act violations.

   Authorities say the company claims their products can reduce cancer risks, alleviate anemia, control blood pressure, stimulate muscle growth, increase testosterone, grow new brain cells and more.

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Firearms Law Challenge
4:27 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Ala. Attorney General Supports Gun Law Challenge

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is supporting the National Rifle Association as it opposes a federal law restricting handgun sales to people ages 18 to 20.
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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is supporting the National Rifle Association as it opposes a federal law restricting handgun sales to people ages 18 to 20.

Strange's office has filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the NRA's challenge.

The brief was joined Friday by attorneys general in 21 other states.

Strange's brief challenges a 1968 federal law that prohibits licensed firearms dealers from selling to people under 21 even though those same people aren't forbidden from possessing or using handguns.

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Casino Raid
4:38 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Ala. Judge Must Step Aside In Casino Raid Case

The Alabama Supreme Court has ordered a Macon County judge to step aside from a case involving the state attorney general's seizure of electronic gambling machines from VictoryLand casino in Shorter.
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The Alabama Supreme Court has ordered a Macon County judge to step aside from a case involving the state attorney general's seizure of electronic gambling machines from VictoryLand casino in Shorter.

The court ruled Friday on a request by Attorney General Luther Strange to have Macon County Circuit Judge Tom Young step aside. Young has initially refused to give the attorney general a search warrant for the raid in February, but did so reluctantly after being ordered by the Supreme Court.

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Special Grand Jury
5:06 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Special Grand Jury Convened In Lee County

A special grand jury has been convened in Lee County, but prosecutors aren't saying what it is about.
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A special grand jury has been convened in Lee County, but prosecutors aren't saying what it is about.

Court records show Circuit Judge Jacob Walker III signed an order July 29 empaneling the grand jury at the request of the state government. Members of the grand jury were selected from potential jurors who reported for jury duty Monday, according to the records.

A spokeswoman for state Attorney General Luther Strange declined comment. Lee County District Attorney Robert Treese did the same.

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AG-Suspicious Powder
4:43 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Suspicious Powder Found At Alabama AG's Office

A suspicious powder was found at the Attorney General Office Wednesday morning forcing the building to be evacuated.
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A section of the downtown Montgomery office building that houses the Alabama Attorney General's office was evacuated and the adjacent street closed after an employee opening an envelope found a suspicious white powder.

Capt. Mark Williams of the Montgomery Fire and Rescue Department said there were no injuries reported Wednesday morning. Williams said U.S. Postal Service inspectors conducted a preliminary inspection of the powder and determined it was non-toxic.

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Oil Spill Indictment
5:33 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

10 Accused Of Ala. Oil Spill Fund Fraud Indicted

The Attorney General's office says 10 people accused of filing fraudulent BP oil spill compensation claims have been indicted.
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State officials say 10 people accused of filing fraudulent BP oil spill compensation claims have been indicted.

Attorney General Luther Strange said Thursday that the defendants are accused of creating and submitting fraudulent documents claiming that they lost income because of the oil spill.

Officials say the suspects are charged with theft of property, criminal conspiracy to commit theft of property and possession of a forged instrument.

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Politics & Government
7:36 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Alabama AG Joins Brief in Support of Prayer

Ala. AG Luther Strange is joining attorneys general from 22 other states filing a brief in support of prayer at the start of government meetings.
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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has joined attorneys general from 22 other states in filing a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in support of prayer at the start of government meetings.

   The brief asks the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling from New York that said prayer at the beginning of government assembly meetings violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.

   The brief from the attorneys general asks the justices to reaffirm a Supreme Court ruling 30 years ago that upheld prayer at the start of legislative sessions.

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Voting Rights Act
4:44 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Southern States Gird For New Fight On Voter Laws

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder efforts to put Texas back under voting rights laws knocked down by the Supreme Court has other states waiting to see if they're next.
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New efforts by the Obama administration to put Texas back under voting rights laws knocked down by the Supreme Court has other states waiting to see if they're next.

The Justice Department wants Texas to continue seeking federal preapproval to change voting laws. That's despite justices stripping that requirement from the Voting Rights Act last month.

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Casino Raid
4:38 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Judge Won't Step Aside From Alabama Casino Case

Attorney General Luther strange asked Judge Tom Young Jr. to step aside from deciding what to do about gambling machines and cash seized from VictoryLand casino.
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A Macon County judge has refused to step aside from deciding what to do about gambling machines and cash seized from VictoryLand casino in Shorter.

State Attorney General Luther Strange had asked Circuit Judge Tom Young Jr. to recuse himself on grounds that he is prejudiced against the state's evidence. Young ruled at a hearing Tuesday that he is not prejudiced and will remain on the case rather than sending it to another judge. A spokesman for the attorney general says he is evaluating the next move.

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Strange-Gun Control Legislation
4:29 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Ala. AG Strange Promises To Challenge Gun Control Bills

Ala. Attorney General Luther Strange has promised to challenge in court two gun control bills that were approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee if they become law.
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Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has promised to challenge in court two gun control bills that were approved by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee if they become law.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to approve a ban on semi-automatic weapons and ammunition magazines that carry more than ten rounds. The bill names more than 150 weapons that would be banned.

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