Alabama Supreme Court

Private School Tax Credits
6:38 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Private School Tax Credits at Ala. Supreme Court

The Alabama Supreme Court can decide whether Gov. Robert Bentley can sign private school tax credits into law.
The Birmingham News file

The Alabama Supreme Court can decide whether the governor gets to sign private school tax credits into law.

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Casino Raid
4:37 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Court Says Seized Casino Games Don't Resemble Bingo

Alabama's Supreme Court says games seized from Victoryland Casino last month don't resemble bingo.
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The Alabama Supreme Court says the gambling machines seized from VictoryLand casino don't resemble the game of bingo.


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.

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Children Deaths-Bridge
4:59 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Ala. To Appeal Ruling For New Trial In Bridge Deaths

The state plans to appeal ruling for a new trial for a man accused of throwing four small children off a coastal bridge in 2009.

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.


The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals on Friday ordered a new trial for Lam Luong. The court ruled publicity surrounding the case made it impossible for the suspect to have a fair trial in Mobile where the crime occurred.


Attorney General's office spokeswoman Joy Patterson said Monday the state plans to appeal.

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Politics & Government
6:22 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Roy Moore to be Sworn-In as Alabama Chief Justice

Roy Moore will be sworn-in as Chief Justice this afternoon.
blog.al.com

Roy Moore is to take the oath of office as Alabama's Supreme Court Chief Justice.


Investiture ceremony for Moore and for Supreme Court Justice-elect Tommy Bryan will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Supreme Court courtroom in the Alabama Judicial Building.


Moore served as chief justice from 2001 to 2003, but was removed from office for refusing to obey a federal judge's order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the judicial building.

Prepaid Tuition
5:01 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Parents Frustrated With Alabama's Tuition Plan

Parents with children in Alabama's prepaid college tuition program impatiently await an Alabama Supreme Court decision.
Credit BOC / Alabama State Treasury

Parents with children in Alabama's prepaid college tuition program are frustrated that they can't plan for the future while the Alabama Supreme Court decides how much tuition the program will pay.

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Death Penalty Appeal
4:57 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Ala. Supreme Court Asks Lower Court To Reconsider

The Alabama Supreme Court has asked the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to take another look at the case of death row inmate Anthony Ray Hinton.

Alabama Supreme Court has asked the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to take another look at the case of death row inmate Anthony Ray Hinton, convicted of killing two people during 1985 robberies at Birmingham fast food restaurants.


The 56-year-old Hinton had questioned the qualifications of a firearms expert who testified during the trial. The Supreme Court asked the appeals court to use a different standard when reviewing the trial judge's decision that the firearms expert was qualified.

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Prepaid Tuition
4:31 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Supreme Court To Hear Ala. Prepaid Tuition Case

The legal battle over Alabama's financially troubled prepaid college tuition program heads back to the Alabama Supreme Court.
BOC Alabama State Treasury

The legal battle over Alabama's financially troubled prepaid college tuition program is headed back to the Alabama Supreme Court.

A Montgomery judge ruled Monday that a law passed by the Legislature in the spring to permit reduced tuition payments is constitutional. The state Supreme Court had asked Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick to review the law before the high court considers it.

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Prepaid Tuition Plan
5:18 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Judge To Rule Later On Ala. Prepaid Tuition Plan

A judge is waiting to rule on whether a new law can be applied retroactively to Ala.'s prepaid college tuition plan.
Tax Credits Flickr

A judge says he will rule later on whether a new law can be applied retroactively to Alabama's prepaid college tuition plan.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick heard arguments from both sides Monday and took the case under advisement.

Ala. Tuition Plan
5:21 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Alabama Tuition Plan Paying Full Rates For Fall

State Treasurer Young Boozer says Alabama's tuition plan will pay full rates for fall.
Alabama State Treasurer Young Boozer Facebook

State Treasurer Young Boozer says Alabama's prepaid college tuition plan will pay full tuition for the fall semester while it waits for a court to rule on the legality of making reduced payments.


Alabama's plan currently has more than 36,000 participants, and more than 19,000 of them eligible to attend college this fall. Boozer said Wednesday there is no way to know when the court will rule.

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Reconsidering PACT
5:32 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Alabama court reconsiders prepaid tuition ruling

PACT is closed to new enrollment but current plan holders fight over ways to save the system.
BOC Alabama State Treasury

The Alabama Supreme Court has reopened a lawsuit over whether Alabama's prepaid college tuition program can pay less than full tuition for students.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday told a lower court to look at whether state officials can retroactively apply a new law passed by the Legislature to allow reduced tuition payments. A plan to provide reduced payments was struck down by the Supreme Court in March and then the Legislature passed a law in April to try to save it.

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