Alabama Supreme Court

Newscast
8:28 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Strange wants same-sex marriage on hold, march across Brooklyn Bridge and Baldwin Co. tax vote

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is asking U.S. District Judge Callie Granade to keep gay marriage in the state on hold.

Strange filed a motion yesterday asking Granade to delay any more gay marriage decisions until the U.S. Supreme Court rules later this year.

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Newscast
8:56 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Turnaround Tuesday anniversary, Obama in Selma and same-sex marriage update

Selma City Councilman Benny Lee Tucker

The City of Selma remembered the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” over the weekend. But today marks another milestone in the civil rights movement.

Saturday was the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in 1965. Today marks 50 years since the second march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge called Turnaround Tuesday. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., led that protest himself, but turned back before state troopers could attack like they did just two days prior.

Selma city councilman Benny Lee Tucker was a teenager in 1965. He says he had a specific job during King’s march…

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Newscast
8:27 am
Thu March 5, 2015

SPLC response to Supreme Court decision, Alabama charter schools and food insecurity fundraiser

Richard Cohen, President of the Southern Poverty Law Center

The latest twist in Alabama's same sex marriage controversy drew a quick response from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that probate judges have to stop issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples. The state’s probate judges will be required to adhere to Alabama law defining marriage as strictly between a man and a woman, even though a federal district court declared that law unconstitutional in late January.

Richard Cohen is the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. He says he’s disappointed in the court’s ruling.

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Newscast
8:29 am
Wed March 4, 2015

AL Supreme Court halting same-sex marriages, State of the State address and charter schools

Angela Channel and Dawn Hicks at their wedding in Tuscaloosa.
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There’s been a new twist in Alabama’s same sex marriage controversy. No new marriage licenses for same-sex couples will be issued, at least for now.

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Newscast
8:29 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Jimmie Lee Jackson remembered, state senate agenda and Tuscaloosa tax vote

Jimmie Lee Jackson

The city of Selma is preparing to remember the fiftieth anniversary of the attack known as "Bloody Sunday".

Today also marks fifty years since the funeral of civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson. His death at the hands of an Alabama State Police Trooper is considered one of the reasons Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Selma to help organize the voting rights marches.

Vera Jenkins Booker was the nurse that tended to Jackson when he was brought in to the Good Samaritan Hospital in Selma.

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Arts & Life
8:28 am
Mon February 16, 2015

State supreme court to hear gay marriage petition, Mardi Gras delivery delays and chili cook-off

Associate Justice Greg Shaw, Alabama Supreme Court

The Alabama Supreme Court will hear a petition from two conservative groups looking to halt same-sex marriage in the state.

The court voted 6 to 2 to hear arguments from the Alabama Policy Institute and Alabama Citizens Action Program. They claim that U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's ruling which declared Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional doesn't apply to Alabama's probate judges.

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

Alabama Supreme Court looks at Alabama Accountability Act

Alabama Supreme Court
Credit The Birmingham News File

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.
Credit Alabama Education Association

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.
Credit The Birmingham News file

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.
Credit HealthSouth Corporation

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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