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Friday, March 4, 2016

As Robert Bentley administration teeters in Alabama, our reporting on the governor's extramarital affair with aide Rebekah Caldwell Mason looms extra large


Gov. Robert Bentley and
Rebekah Caldwell Mason
(From HBTV.us)
The administration of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley appears to be inching toward an implosion, amid reports that Bentley might have unlawfully interfered in the investigation of House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn).

That's serious, by itself. But consider these broader questions: How important was the Web press in educating the public about a governor who increasingly seems to be out of control? Specifically, how important was Legal Schnauzer in uncovering a story that shows signs of growing into a monumental scandal? The answer to both questions is "very."

The recent revelations probably never would have been known if we had not broken the story last August of Bentley's affair with aide Rebekah Caldwell Mason. Would Alabama's right-leaning mainstream media (MSM) ever have broke that story? We doubt it. Did we receive heat from various MSM outlets for daring to report the story? We sure as heck did?

It's not just that Legal Schnauzer is able and willing to report on stories the MSM would rather keep under wraps. Any serious journalism outfit is only as good as its sources--and I've been fortunate to have darned good ones. I had good ones on the Rob Riley-Liberty Duke story, the Bill Pryor-gay porn story, and the Luther Strange-Jessica Medeiros Garrison story.

I've been sued twice connected to those stories. I've been kidnapped and unlawfully incarcerated; our home went through a dubious foreclosure; my wife, Carol, and I went through an unlawful eviction that led to a cop breaking her arm. And still, my reporting never has been proven to be false or defamatory at trial--and that's because there was no trial (a jury trial is required in defamation cases, by law) in either case. (See here and here.)

Through all of that, Legal Schnauzer remains. And my sources on the Bentley-Mason story have proven to be just as strong as those on the earlier stories mentioned above.

Our blog is not the only Web-based news operation to do heavy lifting on the Bentley story--and especially the Hubbard story. Bill Britt, of Alabama Political Reporter (APR), has covered both with a doggedness that generally seems to be beyond the MSM's capabilities. Here is how Britt described Bentley's latest difficulties in a post published yesterday:

Insiders privy to meetings between Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier and Gov. Robert Bentley claim, the Governor asked Collier to tell the State’s Attorney General’s Office that an investigation into Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart was on going, when it was not.

Bentley’s conversation with Collier was due to an investigation into allegations made by attorney and radio host, Baron Coleman, that he concluded that Hart had improperly share Grand Jury information with him. This resulted in an affidavit from Collier and Special Agent Jack Wilson, stating the Coleman allegations against Hart had no merit.

Bentley told al.com that he ordered Collier not to give the affidavit to the Attorney General’s Office. According to those with intimate knowledge of the situation, Bentley asked Collier to tell the Attorney General’s Office that the investigation into Coleman’s allegations against Hart was ongoing.

Where could this lead? Britt explains:

If these individuals’ claims are factual, there may be more to the story than an order from Bentley to his Chief of Law Enforcement Officer.

Those in the meeting when Bentley told Collier he should tell the Attorney General Office the investigation was ongoing were: Special Agent Jack Wilson, ALEA, Chief Attorney Jason Swann and the Governor’s attorney David Byrne.

Law Enforcement officers speaking on background said this falls under several state statues including providing false statements or witness tampering.

Where does Rebekah Caldwell Mason fit into the picture? Britt provides insight, borrowing from reports of al.com's Chuck Dean and John Archibald:

Those inside the administration have even said the recent firings of ALEA top officials and those close to Collier are related to “internal investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing by some employees and staff related to the misappropriation of State dollars and resources,” according to an article by Chuck Dean, an intimate of Bentley’s chief advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

Columnist John Archibald recently wrote, “Her very word sends shivers through state employees. Because they believe she is the de facto governor, that her word has become Alabama law.”

Close associates of the Governor have expressed grave concern about their relationship, fearing Mason is encouraging Bentley to engage in a public cover-up that includes the firing of: JT Jenkins, ALEA’s second-in-command; Jay Howell; Camilla Gibson; and Collier’s personnel assistant, Merritt Hayes.

Rebekah Mason is encouraging the governor to engage in a cover-up? If that proves to be true, there is no telling how ugly this story could get--and Alabama's already dysfunctional government could get even more inept.

Where is the story headed? That's hard to say. But we know for sure where it started. With Bill Britt's top-notch reporting, the Web press continues to lead the way.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think Bentley has lost his mind.

Anonymous said...

Mike did say there was a new sheriff in town. Mike needs a boat.

Anonymous said...

Looks like the Baron Coleman affidavit was much ado about nothing. Trial is dead ahead.


http://www.alreporter.com/hubbard-case-goes-forward-despite-coleman-distraction/

Anonymous said...

Not so fast.Judge said a delay until late spring was probable. Last day of spring is June 20. Circle June 22 on your calendar.

Robby Scott Hill said...

Nobody breaks my arm because I'm armed with Smith & Wesson guns & knives. I just completed testosterone therapy; am in pretty good shape for a 41 year old. I've proven I can take as well as give an ass whopping. Most important of all, they know I just don't give a good Motherfuck. My parents & grandparents are dead. I've got no wife or kids & I'm just crazy enough to go down fighting just like my drill instructors trained me. "Yea, I walked through the Valley of the Shadow of Death & feared no man because I was the Baddest Motherfucker in the Valley."

e.a.f. said...

Bloggers are fast becoming a major source of news that is important to the public. The MSM beholden to their advertisers and owners, do not always report what is in the best interest of the public to know.

In Canada, news frequently appears on a blog site, it may or may not then appear in the MSM, although, may not is usually the case. However, almost all major English newspapers are owned by Post Media, which is an American Hedge fund control 48% of.

A lot of stories which call into question the legality, morality, etc. of political parties, politicians, police are being reported on by bloggers. If we didn't have bloggers, who knows how many news stories would remain buried.

Anonymous said...

In July 2009,a Lee Co. elected official,stole some property belonging to the Yancey family.The State Govt.facilitated the theft and the Federal Govt. gave the pretext for covering up their disclosure.
The Yancey surname is mystic because there are no records of the Yancey name in Europe.William Lowndes Yancey was the mentor of the white,male republican legislators who wrapped themselves in the confederate flag. Mike Hubbard ownes a lodge in the community of yancy, on the outskirts of Auburn.(google Yancey Auburn Al.The two ponds are on mike's property.)One can only imagine, the adrenaline rush a white, male republican wrapped in a confederate flag, gets while discussing politics in Yancey Al.
Scott Beason recorded some of their meeting.Some parts were played at the Bingo Trials. The Yancey family is clannish. The fictitious Sacketts would be a good example.Fred Yancey sold his house to draw Roger into the battle.Robert Lewis Yancey refused to sell his property where Campus Crest is located,and drew Rollins and Oboma into the battle.
The Yancey Coat of Arms is a Blue Lion Rampart on a Gold Shield.The motto reads:Ne Touchez pas le Chat san avoir le Gant. Translated:Touch not the Cat without the gloves.Goverment officials not only touched this cat, they yanked his tail.To put it bluntly, they fucked -up.
Mike Hubburd is going to bring justice to the Yancey family.He just needs a battle ship.By not being governor , it can not be a war ship.By never governing, it will need training wheels.By Mike being a man alone, he does not have a crew. But the Yancey family is going to supply his crew.The 1841 will of Abslom Yancey,shows Eliza and Robert Yancey are the matriarch and Patriarch of the family whose land was stolen.These Ancestors will be Mike's crew.Leonidas Foreman is also a crew member. He was a Civil War doctor, and is buried on the stolen property.He was named after Saint Leonidas.People who are persecuted for their religion or/and politics, pray to this Saint.Don Siegelman probably has a Saint Leonidas icon.
Mike now needs to find a battle ship with training wheels,with ghost for a crew, that is not a warship.There is one here in Alabama.The Eliza Battle was a side-wheeled paddle steamer.Alabama folklore lists her as a ghostship.When the Victoria,with the strange booty on board,and the Camperdown ,with the cat on board ,are engaged in battle by the Eliza Battle,with the ghost on board; my money is on the Eliza Battle.

legalschnauzer said...

How much do you know about Fred Yancey?

Anonymous said...

I do not know Fred.There are a lot of sites on the internet related to the Yanceys and for some reason alot of people try to trace their lineage to the Yancey name.Fred is probably a coincidence. My honest opinion is; GOD is answering someone's prayers and he has recruited some very strong people (mentally and spirituality) to assist him.