Tuesday, June 19, 2018

When Fultondale attorney Greg Morris inquired at Alabama State Bar, he was told not to remain involved with our case -- even receiving an apparent threat

What happened when Fultondale attorney Greg Morris called the Alabama State Bar to ask a question about an affidavit he was preparing for our pending federal "Jail Case"? Without intending to, Morris might have unearthed the most clear-cut evidence yet of the corruption that has turned Alabama's "justice system" into an ethical sewer. The evidence suggests much of that corruption -- maybe all of it -- originates with the state bar itself.

Who made the statements that point to improper, maybe criminal, interference in our case? That remains unclear, but it was one of three assistant general counsels in the bar's "Center for Professional Responsibility" -- Jeremy McIntire, Tripp Vickers, and Mark Moody.

Morris states that he is "75 to 80 percent" sure he spoke with McIntire. Douglas McElvy, who was acting general counsel at the time, told me in a phone conversation that ethics questions almost always to go to him or Vickers -- and he suggested that Morris almost certainly spoke to Vickers.

The bar recently announced that Judge Roman Shaul has been named full-time general counsel, so McElvy likely will be hitting the exits soon and never will conduct the investigation he promised. We intend to give Shaul an opportunity to examine the ugliness that resides in the office he inherited -- and probably has been there for years.

It's not clear Morris had an ethics question, and I'm still not sure why Morris even called the state bar about a straightforward affidavit that was to show we had asked him to represent us at a Rule 26 meeting in "The Jail Case" -- and neither he, nor Carol or I, had done anything to violate U.S. Judge Virginia Emerson Hopkins orders. In fact, all three of us had been the victims of Hopkins' unlawful rulings and/or verbal abuse. Had Hopkins not berated Morris when he appeared at the meeting -- and then threatened us with sanctions -- Morris never would have had a reason to prepare an affidavit or call the state bar.

Roman Shaul
But when Morris placed the call, he got quite an ear full from the "counsel" on the other end -- be it McIntire or Vickers. Here is a summary of the message Morris received from someone supposedly involved with "ethics" related to Alabama court rooms:

* Do not file an affidavit in the Shuler case;

* If you do file an affidavit, it's likely to make matters worse;

* Tell Roger, "No, you do not have permission to proceed.You stay away from that";

* If the judge wants to hear from you, she will let you know;

* Do not get any further involved. You are not helping yourself, and you likely are not helping Mr. Shuler.

That last one sounds an awful lot like a threat, to harm Morris or his law practice. We assume that would be harm in a professional sense, but given the nastiness at the heart of Alabama's "justice" system -- and sources tell us that the hideously corrupt Jeff Sessions and Riley Inc. (former Gov. Bob Riley, son Rob "Uday" Riley and Co.) have unusual sway at the state bar -- who knows what form such a threat could take?

This much is certain: We have Greg Morris' statement in a word-for-word format, and it clearly suggests unlawful behavior that could point to a RICO case -- civil, criminal, or both.

It's almost as if obstruction of justice has become the new favored pastime in Alabama, surpassing even college football.

(To be continued)


Anonymous said...

I'm sure Doug McElvy is working hard on that investigation to determine who told attorney Morris to stay away from your case.

Anonymous said...

It would be lovely if you could unmask the Alabama State Bar and show the public what a sewer is percolating at that lovely little building down in Montgomery.

Anonymous said...

There's an "ethics expert" at the Alabama State Bar? You must be kidding

Anonymous said...

The Alabama State Bar actually threatened a lawyer over your case? Amazing.

Anonymous said...

So the job of the Alabama State Bar is to threaten lawyers not to take certain cases?

Who knew?

Anonymous said...

Yep, McElvy sure is humpin' it on that investigation -- sort of like OJ trying to find Nicole's killer.

Anonymous said...

The Alabama State Bar has been messing with Jill Simpson for years, and that came not long after Ali (Akbar) Alexander said he was going to Alabama to cash in some favors from Alabama lawyers. That was also about the time you were thrown in jail.

Akbar is a felon, so the Alabama State Bar, hanging out with him, sounds like a classy bunch.

Anonymous said...

Jeff Sessions and Bob Riley are kind of like the co-den mothers of the Alabama State Bar.

Anonymous said...

Interesting to see the Alabama State Bar come under fire as the Business Council of Alabama is taking on water after Alabama Power's exit.

Tough times for the business and legal elites. I think I feel a tear forming in my eye.

Anonymous said...

If the Alabama State Bar is, in fact, interfering with your case -- and even corruptly influencing judges on yours and other cases -- that is, for sure, a crime. And RICO would be one appropriate way to deal with it.

Also, the American Bar Association needs to know about this. This is absolutely out of bounds.

Anonymous said...

Good story on BCA's problems with Alabama Power. Looks like Billy Canary is swirling down the drain. So sad!


Anonymous said...

Greg Morris must have been thinking, "Why in the hell are these people threatening me? What in God's name is going on?"

Anonymous said...

The Alabama State Bar is a Riley/Sessions fun house. That fact is well established in the legal community

Anonymous said...

Pretty funny that Greg Morris got a taste of what the Alabama State Bar is really like. I'm sure he wasn't expecting that.

legalschnauzer said...

Tripp Vickers probably is the No. 1 a-hole down there. He and Baron Coleman used to work at the same firm and remain buds, while Coleman reps felons like Ali Akbar. Coleman threatened to sue me on Akbar's behalf because of a post I wrote about a letter Jill Simpson wrote to Obama admin official.

I'm betting Vickers is the guy who has been stabbing me in the back, and I'm betting it's been going on for a while, probably in conjunction with Rob Riley.

These boys are going to regret their little tag-team deal.

legalschnauzer said...

For those who aren't familiar with the felonies in Ali Akbar's past, including his history with the Grindr gay-sex app, here is a little history:


Reminder: This is the guy who has ties to the Alabama State Bar, via Baron Coleman and Tripp Vickers.

Anonymous said...

Bob Riley is not a lawyer and not a member of the Alabama Bar. I doubt he has any sway with the attorneys who oversee the ethics office. The same goes for Rob. You give both of them way too much credit for controlling all aspects of Alabama life. If the ethics guys told the lawyer not to file the affidavit, that sucks. But remember that bad decisions are made at all levels of government for a variety of bad reasons, and very few of them are directed at you.

e.a.f. said...

well wasn't that lovely. couldn't they have kept Sessions in Alabama. it looks like the rest of the U.S.A. is being turned in to the sewer known as Alabama. Now perhaps it could be said the person on the other end of the line was trying to be helpful, but it is doubtful.

Really the whole thing is very, very weird.

Anonymous said...

As someone who has called the ethics hotline numerous times for quick ethics opinions/guidance, none of the quotes you posted sound like anything I've ever heard from that office. The only thing that may sound plausible is the fourth one about the judge will let you know if she wants to hear from you, but even that one is too much of a direct instruction to sound semi-plausible. That office does not give direct "orders" or instructions like those you have posted, rather they provide general guidance on the Rules of Prof Responsibility and how they may or may not apply to an individual's question/situation. I only WISH they would give guidance as direct as this when you call for help.

legalschnauzer said...

Perhaps you're questions and cases have been relatively normal. Nothing about my experience with Alabama courts has been normal. If my experience had been normal, this blog never would have existed.

If you have read this blog fairly closely for a while, can you point out any rulings in cases involving my wife and me -- or in cases I've reported about others -- that are normal?

Feel free to call Greg Morris to ask about what he was told. He might back-track now, but I've got his statement word for word.

You don't say so directly, but I assume you agree that the statements I quote are wildly improper and prejudicial -- and I believe they, along with other apparent actions, might be criminal.