Alabama Supreme Court

Alabama Accountability Act
3:38 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Alabama Supreme Court looks at Alabama Accountability Act

Alabama Supreme Court
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The Alabama Supreme Court has heard arguments on the constitutionality of a law that gives low-income families tax credits to pay for private school.

   A lawyer representing individuals challenging the Alabama Accountability Act said Wednesday that it does an end run on Alabama's prohibition of using education funds to support private religious schools.

   However, a lawyer representing families using the credits said it supports parents seeking education opportunities for their children, not private schools.

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Public Employees-Dues
3:48 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Ala. Public Employees' Groups Lose At High Court

The Alabama Education Association along with the Alabama State Employees Association have lost a lawsuit over a state law that cut off a major source of their funding.
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The Alabama State Employees Association and Alabama Education Association have lost a lawsuit over a state law that cut off a major source of their funding.

The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday reversed a preliminary injunction that the two groups got a Montgomery judge to issue against the state comptroller. It had blocked the comptroller from enforcing rules to implement a 2010 law. That law prohibited Alabama's public employees from having membership dues deducted from their paychecks if the dues were going to a group involved in political activity.

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Execution Drugs-Alabama
4:27 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Alabama Changes Execution Drug Combination

After adopting the new three drug protocol, the attorney general's office is asking the Alabama Supreme Court to set execution dates for nine death row inmates.
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Alabama has adopted a new combination of drugs for executions and is once again seeking to put inmates to death.

The attorney general's office is asking the Alabama Supreme Court to set execution dates for nine death row inmates. Lawyers said the Department of Corrections this week adopted a new three-drug protocol for executions.

Executions in Alabama had come to a halt after Alabama and other states ran out of a key drug used in executions.

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Former Senator Trial
3:57 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Alabama AG Turns To Supreme Court In Barron Case

The 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.
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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.

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.

Barron and former aide Jill Johnson were indicted last year on charges of misusing campaign funds.

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Supreme Court-HealthSouth
4:08 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Court Rules Against HealthSouth In Auditor Dispute

HealthSouth filed a complaint blaming Ernst & Young for failing to detect the $2.6 billion accounting scam that occurred under former CEO Richard Scrushy.
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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.

The justices on Friday rejected an appeal filed by HealthSouth in a legal fight involving its one-time auditing company Ernst & Young.

HealthSouth filed a complaint blaming Ernst & Young for failing to detect the $2.6 billion accounting scam that occurred under former CEO Richard Scrushy.

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Supreme Court-Bingo
4:28 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Ala. Supreme Court Rules For State In Bingo Cases

The Alabama Supreme Court has again sided with the state's attorney general in attempts to shut down electronic bingo casinos.
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The Alabama Supreme Court has again sided with the state's attorney general in attempts to shut down electronic bingo casinos.

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.

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.

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Court-Work Release
4:02 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Ala. Supreme Court Approves Work Release Costs

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.
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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.

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.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:14 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Alabama Court Modifies Ruling Tossing AEA Suit

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.
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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.

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.

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Court-College Support
4:40 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Ala. Supreme Court Issues Major Divorce Ruling

The Alabama Supreme Court's ruling reversed a decision issued in 1989 that said a judge could order a non-custodial parent to pay college costs passed age 19.

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.

The court'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.

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upreme Court-Alabama Public TV
3:54 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Against Fired Public TV Execs

The state Supreme Court is ordering a judge to dismiss an open meetings lawsuit filed by two Alabama Public Television executives who were fired last year.
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The state Supreme Court is ordering a judge to dismiss an open meetings lawsuit filed by two Alabama

Public Television executives who were fired last year.

The justices ruled against Allan Pizzato and Pauline Howland on Friday.

The court says the two don't have a legal right to file suit claiming members of the television commission violated Alabama's open meetings lawsuit with a closed-door meeting before their dismissals.

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Private School Tax Credits
3:58 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

One Suit Against Alabama Accountability Act Blocked

The Alabama Supreme Court has blocked a lawsuit challenging a new law that provides tax credits for attending private schools.
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The Alabama Supreme Court has blocked a lawsuit challenging a new law that provides tax credits for attending private schools.

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Alabama University Shooting
5:11 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Ala. Supreme Court Won't Hear Professor's Appeal

The Alabama Supreme Court has refused to to hear the appeal of a former university professor who pleaded guilty to killing three colleagues and wounding three more during a faculty meeting.
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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.

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.

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Open Meeting
5:02 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Court Won't Reconsider Ruling On Ala. Meeting Law

The Alabama Supreme Court won't reconsider a ruling that some say could make it easier for government organizations to meet behind closed doors.

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.


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.


Slagle claimed school board members held illegal, private meetings before refusing to hire him.

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Private School Tax Credits
4:36 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Governor Bentley Signs Private School Tax Credit Bill

Governor Robert Bentley has signed a bill providing tax credits to parents who send their children to private schools instead of failing public schools.
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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.


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. The Legislature delivered the bill Thursday morning and Bentley signed it just before 11 a.m.

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Private School Tax Credits
5:03 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

AEA Has Monday Deadline In Tax Credits Lawsuit

The AEA has until Monday to respond to an effort by Republican legislators to get a private school tax credit bill signed.
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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.


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. The Supreme Court on Friday gave AEA's lawyers until Monday to respond.

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