Alabama Supreme Court

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.
Credit governor.alabama.gov

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.
Credit Alabama Education Association

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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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.

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. AEA contends the Legislature improperly passed the bill to provide tax credits to parents who move their children from failing public schools to private schools.

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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.

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.

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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.
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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.
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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.

Parents told the program's board chairman Wednesday that they are looking at coming up with $600 to $700 per semester if the Supreme Court allows the program to pay tuition at 2010 levels rather than current levels. They also said they are worried that the program will close down if the court requires current tuition. The board is paying the current tuition while it awaits a ruling.

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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. If the Supreme Court agrees with Hardwick, then the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition Plan will be able to pay reduced rates rather than full tuition.

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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.
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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. At issue is a settlement the board of the Prepaid Affordable College Tuition plan reached with many participants to pay less than full tuition because of the plan's financial problems. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled in March that the settlement violated state law. The Legislature revised the law in April.

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