Are bones buried on the campus of Alabama State University in Montgomery? What about whole skeletons?
The answer to those questions might be yes, according to a new report in The Montgomery Independent. And the report states that those bones might be traced to Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange and U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).
Editor and Publisher Bob Martin, in an article dated December 6, notes that Alabama State trustees last week placed new president Joseph Silver on paid leave. That came after Silver told the board he had discovered contracts in which "the deliverables are not readily seen and accountability has not been demanded." When Silver sought more information, he reportedly was told not to push his inquiry any further, and then was placed on leave.
Who might have benefited from such bogus contracts. Martin addresses that issue, on several fronts:
A few weeks ago I reported about a $100,000 campaign contribution Atty. Gen. Luther Strange accepted from the Poarch Creek Indian Casinos in 2010. Now it appears he also accepted near that same amount under a contract with Alabama State University (ASU) during that same campaign for the office of attorney general.
I have been told by more than one source that Strange did little or no work for the school, which is now embroiled in a controversy over the attempted firing of its newly hired president who has threatened to reveal bones buried on the ASU campus dealing with contracts and other matters.
What implications could this have? Martin spells it out:
A question must then follow as to whether or not some of those bones are associated with the attorney general, and if so, will they be brought before his very own grand jury panel, a panel which was put together initially several months back to investigate possible illegal actions of state office holders. One Montgomery wag has said that prosecution threat was probably referencing office holders who happened to be Democrats. The grand jury is still hanging around, but I am not aware of any indictments it has returned.
If this leads to Luther Strange, where else might it lead? Martin has some fascinating thoughts on that subject:
It has been revealed to me that U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions has also been the recipient of substantial contributions or payments from ASU. If so, could these also be among the bones that are suggested to have been buried on the campus in Montgomery? No other political names have been mentioned at this point, but I would wager there are plenty of others who should be curious about what may be protruding from the burial site of those bones.