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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Does the Trail of My Termination Lead to Alabama GOP Law Firm?

Our research has opened up several paths for inquiry into my unlawful termination at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

One of the most interesting paths, in my mind, involves Birmingham attorney Doug Jones and his firm, Haskell Slaughter. In fact, I came right out in a recent post and asked the question: Did Haskell Slaughter, well known in Alabama legal circles as a Republican firm, use its influence at UAB to get me fired?

Why would I ask that question? It has to do with a curious chain of events over the past 16-17 months. It also has to do with a very cozy relationship between Wyatt Haskell, a founding member at Haskell Slaughter, and UAB.

Let's examine those two subjects. First, the chain of events:

* I write a post on March 13, 2008, about the curious role of attorney Rob Riley (Governor Bob Riley's son) in a massive federal lawsuit against a number of individuals and entities connected to HealthSouth Corp.

* For all intents and purposes, I was fired at UAB about one month later. My actual termination didn't come until May 19, 2008. But on April 15, 2008, I received a bogus written warning from my supervisor, Pam Powell. And on about the same date, I received an anonymous comment on my blog, threatening my job at UAB. About eight days later, I complained to Dale Turnbough, Powell's superior, about the discriminatory treatment (based on my age) that I had been experiencing for about five months and filed a formal grievance in UAB Human Resources. An employee is supposed to be able to complain of unlawful treatment, and file a grievance, without fear of retaliation. But I was placed on administrative leave about two weeks later, and then fired. My guess is that my termination was set in stone on April 15, and probably earlier than that. Was it connected to the post about the HealthSouth lawsuit? The timing certainly is curious.

* The timing became even more curious in May 2009, when Jones took a written pot shot at me on a progressive Alabama listserv for daring to question again the role of Rob Riley in the HealthSouth lawsuit. Jones' missive made it clear that he didn't like my original post about Riley and the HealthSouth case. And it also was clear that Jones was sensitive about the fact that he and Riley both had ties to the Don Siegelman/Richard Scrushy criminal case, but they served as co-liaison counsel in the HealthSouth civil case, which also involved Scrushy. Jones and Riley had pretty clear conflicts of interest, and Jones didn't much care for me helping to shine light on them.

* Let's back up a moment: Jones became involved in the HealthSouth securities-fraud lawsuit from its inception in August 2002, long before he became part of Siegelman's defense team in the criminal case. Jones initially was with the Birmingham firm of Whatley Drake & Kallas and still was with that firm at the time of my termination. But a source in the legal community says Jones was negotiating with Haskell Slaughter for quite some time before officially making the jump in November 2008--and taking the multimillion-dollar HealthSouth case with him.

You undoubtedly have heard the phrase "follow the money." Well, there is an awful lot of money to follow in the HealthSouth lawsuit. As of March 2009, the case had generated more than $500 million in settlements--and it was a long way from over.

A motion for attorney fees indicates that plaintiff lawyers are seeking 18.49 percent of the settlement fund--plus expenses. Quite a few plaintiff lawyers are involved, but with Jones and Riley serving as co-liaison counsel, their firms figure to make some serious bucks on the case.

Is it possible that my posts were somehow considered a threat to the gold rush that a number of local law firms are counting on? Well, it's clear Jones didn't like my reporting.

And it's clear that the founding partner of his firm, Wyatt Haskell, is very close to UAB, my former employer. Let's consider this nugget from Haskell's bio:

He is a lifetime member of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Presidents Society and a member of the Friends of the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Legislative Network. In 2005, he and his wife Susan received the "Outstanding Philanthropist" Award from the Alabama Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

That last honor came mostly because of his fundraising on behalf of UAB. I know because I wrote an article about Haskell for a UAB publication--before someone got me fired, that is.

Haskell and his wife, Susan, have made gifts for the Alys Stephens Center for the Performing Arts at UAB. And an endowed professorship in the School of Medicine has been created in their names.

Does Wyatt Haskell have the ears of UAB President Carol Garrison and members of the University of Alabama Board of Trustees? The answer unquestionably is yes.

And could a conversation like this have taken place? "You know, my law firm stands to make an awful lot of money from the HealthSouth lawsuit, some of which I might donate to UAB, but one of your employees is writing things on his gosh-darned blog that we don't much care for. Sure would be nice if this guy would suddenly find himself unemployed."

Are there holes to fill in with this scenario? Oh, yes. But you can bet our Schnauzer nose will be close to the ground along the Haskell Slaughter trail.

1 comment:

hazel said...

LS, you said: "... Are there holes to fill in with this scenario? Oh, yes. But you can bet our Schnauzer nose will be close to the ground along the Haskell Slaughter trail."

Well, when you begin your lawsuit against the Digital Bandits, remember this: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS ONE PENNY IN AMERICAN TAXES THAT PAYS FOR ANYTHING, other than, a great PONZI-SCHEME, just like all our so-called "systems."

For example, the property taxes pay for the courts and other services.

No.

DIGITAL KEYSTROKES PAY FOR EVERYTHING IN AMERICA.

Thus, in the US, we are being culled now to hide this most unbelievable fact.

Digits. There are INSURANCE COMPANIES (DAS "Risk Management" in Oregon state), that pay for the INSURANCE CLAIMS, by the "Officers of the Peace" and these thugs are told to expect law suits and but of course, immunity is the prevailing factor covering these digital bandits and their agents of 'traders of flesh.'

Here is FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL:

Insurance companies are structured as the "Private-Public" partnership, to cover the "Global War on Terror," AND, these companies just so happen to spring up nationally. Dick Cheney, et al. are definitely running from state-to-state, to solidify this "system."

It pays-out, and the COPS who use weapons, or the services of 911, Ambulances, etc., are covered in the digital keystrokes of any taxpayer (criminal or civil suit against the evildoers), legal claim.

Taxpayers pay in every regard and we DO NOT HAVE ONE STROKE OF POWER IN THE COURTS. Why not? Because the courts are digitally run and have been for years and years by the KEYSTROKE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY "GODS," called THE GOVERNMENT and not The government of We the People.

Thus, it is the insurance companies (tell SCOTT HORTON) that must be exposed for having the global investors to care for, at the expense of every American.

How can it be otherwise? The stocks of weapons, wars and but of course TERRORISM, pays high insurance premiums as well as international wealth.

In closing, there is no such thing as We the People paying taxes to own the courts and our government.

Digits rule and our taxes are simply another form of Ponzi pay out and pay off.

Time is running out on this being discovered and this is what has these idiots truly running scared.