Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Jill Simpson blasts Doug Jones operative Matt Osborne and lays out backstory on reports about extramarital affairs involving GOP stalwarts Rob Riley, Liberty Duke, Luther Strange, and Jessica Garrison


Jill Simpson
An Alabama political insider has fired back at a Doug Jones operative who claims she was the source for several major stories we broke here at Legal Schnauzer. Matt Osborne, who dreamed up the Dry Alabama scam to help Jones get elected to the U.S. Senate, also claimed that our reports (apparently referring to the Rob Riley-Liberty Duke and Luther Strange-Jessica Medeiros Garrison extramarital affairs, along with U.S. Judge Bill Pryor's ties to 1990s gay pornography) were false. Jill Simpson, confirming what I already knew, said the stories were accurate, but she was not a source for them -- and that is true.

As a legal aside, Riley-Duke and Garrison sued me for defamation, and as a matter of law. my reporting never was found to be false or defamatory. In both instances, there was no discovery, no jury trial (as required in defamation cases), and no requests in original filings for money damages (the lawful remedy for alleged defamation). In both cases, crooked Alabama judges -- Claud Neilson and Don Blankenship -- acted as one-man censors, contrary to long-standing law that prohibits such actions. As for Blankenship, he found for Garrison and issued a $3.5-million default judgment, which clearly is void because I received no notice of the default application or hearing. The judgment can be attacked as void at any point, with no time limit under Alabama law.

As for Matt Osborne, he apparently is flustered at our reports that, contrary to his own claims, the Dry Alabama scam violated federal law. Seemingly unable to counter that indisputable fact, Osborne threw an online tantrum and resorted to name-calling against Simpson and me. One of his efforts included this pearl, sent directly via Twitter to me: "Good luck with your demented career regurgitating Dana Jill Simpson's libels."

First, as shown above, my posts were not libelous -- either in reality or as a matter of law. Second, Jill Simpson did not take kindly to Osborne's barb, as she expressed in a Facebook post dated 4/4/19:

The batshit crazy nut Matt Osborne, who in his own press meeting contends he did the fake Russian-bot deal to get Doug Jones elected, smearing Roy [Moore] with a fake site called Dry Alabama, is once again smearing me with lies about stories I did not do, and I believe [the stories originated] with his boss, Doug Jones. 
For some reason, Osborne keeps claiming I am responsible for the Rob Riley-Liberty Duke story. So I have decided to address a few things. I did not have anything to do with the Rob and Liberty story being told. In fact, Shuler needs to say it did not come from me again so everyone is clear. It came from old law enforcement boys, as I tracked it down since I keep getting blamed for it.

(Note: I'm not going to disclose sources, but I can say individuals connected to law enforcement were part of my sourcing on the Bill Pryor gay-porn story, and I have reported that several times. As for the Riley-Duke story, I'm not aware of any of my sources being tied to law enforcement, unless it was second- or third-hand. Simpson is correct that she was not involved as a source on any of the stories noted above.) 


Simpson says the roots of at least some of these stories originated in the now-defunct Haskell Slaughter la firm, of Birmingham. Doug Jones once was a member of that firm, along with Montgomery-based attorney Tommy Gallion. Simpson also says that Jones pretended to be Rob Riley's friend, while behind the scenes, helping to release unflattering stories about the son of former governor Bob Riley. Again, I'm not aware of the Riley-Duke story coming from anyone tied to Doug Jones, unless it was at a significant distance. Writes Simpson:

Matt [Osborne] is a long-time DNC-Netroots paid operative type, and according to Republicans all across the state, was hired by Doug Jones' bunch to smear Roy Moore. What I really think is that Jones is trying to cover up that the Riley-Duke story came from investigators working for his Haskell Slaughter firm at the time, and he was a ring leader of the story to get close to Rob Riley and cast shade on me. The Haskell Slaughter firm had hired a lot of old ABI [Alabama Bureau of Investigation] boys to follow Rob,  which Doug would snitch about to Milton McGregor and Tommy Gallion -- where Rob was going while acting like Rob's friend.

They followed Rob often to a condo on an island near Mobile, I was told by Milton which is where the stories came from -- and where the pictures were taken by some guy named [Bill] Rhegness, who worked for Doug and Tommy -- who worked for the Gaming Kings of Alabama and considered the pictures to be insurance. It was Doug's firm's gaming clients, hiring former retired ABI guys, who were following governors, their sons, and AGs to get the dirt about their girlfriends and or boyfriends (in the case of Pryor). That is how the Pryor pictures were obtained, as well. All these pictures belonged to Doug's firm, not mine, and were obtained for their clients, not mine.

Photos that go to the Luther Strrange-Jessica Garrison affair also are in circulation, Simpson says, and have been used in curious ways. Montgomery attorney Priscilla Duncan is tied to the "Alabama naughty pictures" story, especially in the case of Bill Pryor. Writes Simpson:

Rob Riley is nuts if he thinks I give one hoot who he screws, as is Luther Strange. Tommy Gallion showed me his picture collection, as he is quite proud of it, and as you all know, Tommy is an accomplished Republican political operative.  He let Doug, for $1 million, buy into Haskell Slaughter, as Doug wanted to be the next political master, like Tommy, in our state. It is their damn pictures, and they need to leave me out of their shit. I want zero part of it.

I know Tommy and Doug had the Pryor pictures that Roger ran, as Tommy showed them to me after Priscilla [Duncan] showed me the Bad Puppy pictures and asked if my friend [Wayne] Madsen would run them years before, which he did for her. Priscilla has denied it,but those were her pictures, not mine -- and that caused Tommy to show me his, trying to determine if he had a leak, which I believe he suspected was Doug Jones.

In 2018 (or '17?), Priscilla worked for the Jones bunch, trying to put a patch on the election machines in Alabama, which [SOS John] Merrill refused. 
As for the Luther Strange pictures with Jessica Garrison . . . well when Lowell Barron was charged, I heard from Milton McGregor that [Montgomery lawyer] Joe Espy and Doug and Tommy had pictures from ABI and were threatening to release them, but Luther decided to drop the charges.

Once again, I heard Doug was saying I had these pictures, when it reality, they belonged to his gaming kings. I complained loudly about this back in 2016 when I heard I was being punished for Doug's gambling king's nasty pictures of Rob and Luther. I even called Luther's office and spoke to an investigator and said I am sick of being blamed for Doug and Tommy's Haskell Slaughter picture collection. I additionally went to the FBI, which was not interested in hearing my story in Gadsden and said it was me, Jill, with all these pictures, and I was like nope it is them.

Osborne is dancing in dangerous territory, Simpson writes, given that he clearly is ill-informed about the origins of these stories :

Now Doug's boy Matt Osborne is once again blaming me for stories I did not tell Roger. So everyone knows, I told Roger, who I like, "I might not do those stories, if I were you, because Rob Riley might have you hurt. I knew already, from telling the Siegelman political-prosecution story that Doug Jones caused my house to blow up on one end, and my car to get blown up, and I did not want anything to happen to Roger, as he had helped protect me telling the stories about those incidents.

Tommy Gallion
 As for the Rob and Luther sex stories, they belong to Doug Jones, who I think used me to get his "Republicans 4 Jones" signs and support from the Rileys. Now he is trying to make  me the big, bad wolf , via Matt Osborne, but those pictures belong to gambling king clients of one Doug Jones.

That is my opinion, and Matt Osborne needs to stop throwing shade at me for Doug Jones -- and Matt should think long and hard what he is doing. It may buy him a very long time in jail. What. he did to Roy Moore was wrong; he participated in a campaign to smear Roy with fake Russian bots we tracked right to him and Jones. He also has been smearing me as the "aggrieved girlfriend of Bob Riley," so I hear -- and, well, it is him and Doug Jones who do these kooky, crazy stories, not me.

He needs to leave me alone. I might add I am happily married to my husband and not going to put up with his and Doug's nonsense any longer. Doug needs full credit for all the pictures he collected for his gaming kings at Haskell Slaughter.

Jones' back-stabbing ways even extend to national political figures, such as Hillary Clinton, Simpson writes. Ironically, it was the Bill Clinton administration that appointed Jones as a U.S. attorney in the late 1990s:

I have always liked Gallion, and I think he probably is the best political operative the state has ever had. But when things started going toward Doug Jones . . . well, he was just downright the meanest, nastiest political operative our state ever has seen. Matt Osborne keeps slapping at me, as he knows that I know his boy Doug is a snitch and troublemaker -- and I've been outing it.

Osborne needs to leave me alone; my patients with him is wearing thin. I also want to make real clear that Doug Jones has been a long-time Democrat snitch to Republicans, one who would run to Gallion and tell him everything he knew. Jones even joined Gallion's firm, paying in and snitching on Democratic presidential campaigns, such as the one for Hillary Clinton in 2008, while Gallion was helping the John McCain campaign.

I hung around and watched, until June 2008, when I went to Russia to help elect President Obama. I was working to uncover. as a press operative, what was going on with the McCain camp. Tommy Gallion liked me, but got really mad when I helped Obama's  bunch out Mccain's involvement with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. But I really switched parties and was always honest with Gallion. I could no longer help the GOP because of Saudi and Russian stuff, due to my FEMA and state clients.

Doug Jones, on the other hand, was yapping a storm about Hillary to McCain bunch, and Tommy shared as he thought he could beat Obama easier than Clinton.I hung around,  taking it all in to help Obama. I was secretly at the time leaking to Madsen all McCain was doing, plus Hillary. You can look back at his articles and see it.

I love Tommy, but we were no longer operatives for the same party. As for Doug Jones, he snitches for all sides and is a creep. But Doug and Tommy were helping McCain. I told you all that Jones was a closeted Republican.

Matt Osborne needs to wake up; his guy is a closeted Republican. I am thankful for all I learned from Republican operative Gallion. I feel like I was taught by one of the best GOP operatives how to get info from all sides -- and I have taken all I learned to the Progressive Democrat team.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Glad to see Jill Simpson is standing up to Doug Jones' mouthpiece, young Mr. Osborne.

Anonymous said...

Jill Simpson is saying that Doug Jones essentially stabbed Rob Riley in the back and helped arrange for incriminating photos of Riley and his mistress?

legalschnauzer said...

@9:03 --

Yes, that's exactly what she is saying:

"What I really think is that Jones is trying to cover up that the Riley-Duke story came from investigators working for his Haskell Slaughter firm at the time, and he was a ring leader of the story to get close to Rob Riley and cast shade on me. The Haskell Slaughter firm had hired a lot of old ABI [Alabama Bureau of Investigation] boys to follow Rob, which Doug would snitch about to Milton McGregor and Tommy Gallion -- where Rob was going while acting like Rob's friend."

legalschnauzer said...

Here are more specifics about what Jill Simpson says was a back-stabbing operation against Rob Riley, organized in part by Doug Jones:


"They followed Rob often to a condo on an island near Mobile, I was told by Milton which is where the stories came from -- and where the pictures were taken by some guy named [Bill] Rhegness, who worked for Doug and Tommy -- who worked for the Gaming Kings of Alabama and considered the pictures to be insurance. It was Doug's firm's gaming clients, hiring former retired ABI guys, who were following governors, their sons, and AGs to get the dirt about their girlfriends and or boyfriends (in the case of Pryor). That is how the Pryor pictures were obtained, as well. All these pictures belonged to Doug's firm, not mine, and were obtained for their clients, not mine."

Anonymous said...

"They followed Rob often to a condo on an island near Mobile."


I assume that's a reference to Dauphin Island.

legalschnauzer said...

@9:26 --

Yes, it was Dauphin Island -- and Rob Riley was counsel for the Town of Dauphin Island, and Libert Duke (for a time) was lobbyist for the town. In fact, she received a contract for a substantial sum of money to head up a beach-restoration project at Dauphin Island.

There used to be quite a bit of information about that project on the Web, but it seems to have disappeared. Here is URL to one article about Duke's ties to Dauphin Island. Hmmm . . .

https://en.paperblog.com/alabama-republican-rob-riley-experiences-fallout-from-a-messy-affair-with-lobbyist-liberty-duke-411595/

legalschnauzer said...

Here is a 2009 Mobile Register article about Liberty Duke's ties to Dauphin Island. She was the town's "economic development consultant." Gee, wonder how she got that job, considering Rob Riley was town counsel:

http://dauphinislandhistory.com/nwspaper/digital_model.htm


"If I zoom into someone's house, I can zoom it all the way down to their door knob," said Liberty Duke, the town's economic development consultant. "In a storm, what we fight with FEMA over is lost sand, lost structure," Duke said, referring to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. "Now we'll have better data to reflect the changes."

Anonymous said...

Osborne pretty clearly accuses Simpson of trafficking in libel. If that's false, I'd say she has grounds for a legal action against him.

legalschnauzer said...

@9:38 --

It is false. And the stories aren't "libels," either. That has been proven in court. I also likely would have grounds for a legal action against Osborne.

legalschnauzer said...

Here is an article about Liberty Duke's work as an "economic development consultant" for Town of Dauphin Island:


http://blog.al.com/live/2008/03/island_weighs_public_beach.html


The town's economic development consultant Liberty Duke proposed last year that the town build an entertainment pavilion on the donated parcel using a ferry to bring tourists over for special events and concerts.

Duke said that plan is on hold while the town focuses on opening a public beach.

The Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board, a separate entity, operates a public beach near the Dauphin Island Elementary School and beachfront property in the Audubon Bird Sanctuary.

The beach along the Property Owners Association's Isle Dauphine Golf Club is also open to the public.

legalschnauzer said...

This is from 2009 Dauphin Island Town Council minutes:



NEW BUSINESS: Lighthouse Presentation

"Liberty Duke of ERIS, Inc. gave a presentation at the agenda meeting of the Tridex Solutions LiDAR and aerial photo data for the Sand Island Lighthouse that will be an invaluable tool for establishing a base line condition report on the entire structure for damage assessments for FEMA in the future. The data will be
released to Google and on our web site soon.

"Dauphin Island hired Duke in 2007 at cost of $125,000 for one year."

My notes show Duke was hired for a second year, which would put her total compensation at $250,000 from Dauphin Island.

James Greek said...

And so does everyone in Alabama! Including my family! The day of the special election, I posted one of your posts about Doug and my cousin came over and chewed me out, I tried telling her Doug jumped in bed with Republicans but she would not hear of it. Sometimes I wish I could cut ties with my family.

Anonymous said...

I wonder what qualifications Liberty Duke had to be an economic development consultant.

legalschnauzer said...

@1:45 --

My guess would be zero.

Anonymous said...

Does money grow on trees at Dauphin Island?

They can afford to throw $125K at an "economic development consultant" who has no experience in the field.

Good Lord, that's a lot of money.

Anonymous said...

Not sure about the AG's office dropping the chargers against Lowell Barron? If I recall, which I don't, which I learn from Mr. Luther "I don't recall" Strange himself, didn't the judge rule in favor of Mr. Barron, not Luther dropping the chargers? It's hard to keep it all clear in my head due to all the drugs the CIA been spiking our water with.

legalschnauzer said...

@3:53 --

Yes, it is confusing, especially when the CIA is spiking your water. Here's how it went down, from our post of 4/16:


Barron said he's seen evidence firsthand that the Garrison affair affects the way Strange does his job. During the trial in DeKalb County, Barron's lawyers filed a subpoena, seeking to have Strange testify about his relationship with Garrison and payments he had made to her. The judge in the case did not immediately rule on Barron's efforts to have Strange testify, and the issue still was on the table when the AG's office asked to have the case dismissed.


https://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2016/04/lowell-barron-says-jessica-medeiros.html

Anonymous said...

Eventually, Doug Jones is going to send a knife into the wrong back, and he's going to wind up at the bottom of the Cahaba River in a concrete suit.

Maybe the Rileys can make that happen.

Anonymous said...

Judge Randall Cole ruled on March 12, 2014 that Big Luther Did not have to testify but the payments he had made to Young Jessica could be introduced into evidence. The Prosecutors agreed not to object. Big Luther was subpoenaed to introduce "custom evidence" for the defense.

Anonymous said...

Then about the first of April, Judge Cole ruled that "custom evidence" could be introduced. Big Luther's prosecutors appealed the introduction of "custom evidence" and lost their appeals. The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that the introduction of evidence was not appealable. Big Luther got out-lawyered.

legalschnauzer said...

@8:15 --

Any ideas about what was included in the "custom evidence"? I've never heard that term.

Anonymous said...

I am not an attorney but my take is - An Organization's, in this case the legislature, habit or customary way of spending left over contributions.

Anonymous said...

Mike Hubbard tried to introduce in his trial that it was the custom of legislators to have consulting contracts. He subpoenaed Young Jessica but the Court would not allow him to introduce "custom evidence".

Anonymous said...

Jill Simpson is batshit crazy. Damn, that photo you have of her on the blog post makes her look like Gandalf from the Hobbit movies.

She talks extensively of “pictures” obtained by various people proving nefarious conduct by other people.Where are these? Statements by some people that others have pictures proving claims are rank hearsay. Has she ever seen these pictures? If they are so pervasive and damning, in today’s loose environment, I have a hard time believing they exist. Like the anonomys reports from the anonomys website she reports, there is no proof of any of this. If she has proof make her come forth. Otherwise this is the continued ranting of a conspiracy based nut job.

legalschnauzer said...

@9:01 --

A few thoughts:

(1) Simpson makes it clear that the photographs do not belong to her, and she makes no claim of knowing where they currently reside.

(2) You appear to be using "rank hearsay" as a legal term, but that does not mean it applies to this article or any other work of journalism. There is no judge to exclude Simpson's words as evidence.

(3) She says she has seen some of the photos, which were in the possession of others, in the form of a "collection." She never says they are pervasive, as in widely available.

(4) Again, you seem to be using "proof" as a legal term, and I'm not aware of anyone who has the authority to "make her come forth" with proof that will satisfy you -- in the journalism context.

(5) Jill Simpson has testified under oath before Congress -- something Karl Rove refused to do -- and I'm not aware of anyone proving any of her allegations to be false. Your characterization of her as a "conspiracy based nut job" is, in my view, way off target.

(6) If you have further questions, I would suggest you contact Ms. Simpson directly. She can be reached several ways.

Ron Brynaert said...

I know what Matt Osborne did last summer

legalschnauzer said...

Ron --

Hah, that sounds like a take-off on a fright movie from yesteryear. Good one.

If it's something more than that, something newsworthy (and Osborne is in the national news these days), feel free to share.