Monday, December 23, 2019

Alleged secret meeting between Alabama Power executives and U.S. Attorney Jay Town might have ensured North Birmingham bribery trial was rigged

Mark Crosswhite

Hard evidence exists that two Alabama Power executives met with Jay Town, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, at the height of the North Birmingham Superfund bribery scandal, sources tell Legal Schnauzer. It appears, sources say, the meeting was held to determine who would be the fall guy in the summer 2018 federal trial -- and that no one at Alabama Power or Southern Co. would be touched.

The Alabama Power execs in attendance allegedly were CEO Mark Crosswhite and outside counsel Mike Cole. The fall guy wound up being former Drummond Co. executive David Roberson, who was convicted along with former Balch Bingham partner Joel Gilbert. Evidence of a meeting with Jay Town grew from a $75-million lawsuit Roberson brought against Drummond.

Much of this is covered in a year-end post at Writes publisher K.B. Forbes:

Is Alabama Power untouchable? What secret deal did Crosswhite allegedly have with the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, Jay E. Town?

More than that, did Crosswhite indeed have a secret meeting with Town and attorney Mike Cole in a downtown hotel in Birmingham? Is there hard evidence of, or witnesses to, that alleged secret meeting?

Evidence pointing to Alabama Power started surfacing because Gilbert wrote emails to keep power-company higher-ups updated on the Superfund scheme -- and he copied Roberson on those. Writes Forbes:

We learned recently that many of the emails that convicted felon and Balch-made millionaire Joel I. Gilbert wrote giving updates on the bribery/AstroTurf scheme in North Birmingham were sent to Alabama Power executives.

David Roberson, who was convicted of participating in the bribery scheme, was simply cc’d. (See the exhibit from the criminal trial below.)

Where is this story heading? That remains unclear, but it might rock the corporate/legal/political world in Alabama, and as Forbes notes, raises plenty of questions:

So was Balch Bingham’s siamese twin, sister-wife Alabama Power really calling the shots as a major backer of the money laundering entity Alliance for Jobs and the Economy (AJE)?

What would be the motive for Alabama Power to be allegedly involved in this corrupt campaign to suppress poor African-Americans from testing their toxic property and squash the tiny environmental group GASP?

Was Mark A. Crosswhite, the CEO of Alabama Power, and his peers concerned that Alabama Power’s polluting but money-making Miller Steam Plant would be the next target of GASP?

The Superfund bribery trial long has emitted foul odors, largely because it ended with a tiny handful of participants being held accountable, while most seemed to avoid scrutiny altogether. Writes Forbes:

Jay Town
We have never understood why Alabama Power never took the witness stand in the bribery trial during the summer of 2018 even though all the other major contributors to AJE did.
According to a report this April in The Washington Post, “Balch Bingham . . . has insisted that Gilbert, as a partner, acted alone and would not have raised any flags as he deposited $360,000 into the Robinson foundation account because the money went out at a moderate pace over many months. Roberson later said that 21 Balch Bingham attorneys ‘played at least some part’ in the anti-EPA campaign built on (former State Rep. Oliver) Robinson’s efforts."

Why weren’t the other 20 Balch Bingham attorneys investigated?

Then late last year, we learned that Jeffrey Bowers, a Lieutenant with the Columbiana Police Department in Alabama and the son of a retired Alabama Power executive was involved in the alleged “staged arrest” of a competitor of Balch Bingham, Burt Newsome, a sole-practitioner attorney who services and represents banks.

Clearly an apparent abuse under the color of law, why has there not been an active probe?


Anonymous said...

Town is a fraud, nothing but a toadie for Richard Shelby.

legalschnauzer said...

@8:29 --

True. How far is Town's nose up Shelby's ass?

Anonymous said...

I hope Roberson gets justice in his lawsuit. I'm sure it is no fun being the fall guy in a scheme involving a whole bunch of people, most of whom got away with it.

Anonymous said...

This smells just a little like obstruction of justice.

Anonymous said...

Town is a Trump nominee, so it's no surprise that he might turn out to be a bottom feeder.

Anonymous said...

More white entitlement. Black guy (Oliver Robinson) goes to jail, white guys (most of them) skate.

Anonymous said...

You can forget about any obstruction of justice or RICO acts coming to light in this case. The investigation is over, case is CLOSED. Thanks to all the court appointments made by Trump and the republican leadership we've now turned the corner. Gone are the days of holding big business or the wealthy accountable for their actions. Consumer protection laws are just something for the history books now. Our gov't was sold to the highest bidder. It is now owned 100% by the one-percenters who will use it only in ways to protect and promote their self serving interest. After the 2020 election and the republicans regain control of both houses watch for "fake" news to become illegal. Reporters like yourself and Mr. K.B. Forbes will be jailed in corporate owned, Trump branded, prisons, owned by stockholders with last names like, Hubbard, Sessions, and Strange. It took a little time to pull it all off but convincing the public that voting only for R's is what made it all possible. Control the R team, you're in control of it all. Very simple.

e.a.f. said...

It all makes one wonder, who is more corrupt, Alabama or Russia?

A. 23 Dec. 10:34 a.m. dtrump has ensured the 1%ers have control over the courts along with the religious nut bars. If dtrump wins the 2020 election, the U.S.A. will become more or less like Russia. Eventually the Russian oligarchs will move in and the take over of the economy will be complete. Americans will have no one to blame but themselves. They either failed to vote or voted for dtrump and his gang of grifters. While many Americans have railed against Mexico, in the end, they most likely will have a less corrupt government than the Americans because the /American judicial system will be tainted for generations. Hand them all a gun and they can fight it out on street corners.

When people wonder how Germany went from what it was to a Nazi enterprise, they no longer have to wonder. Now they know. Its happening in the U.S.A. Doesn't take long. Just one lousy president and a country can be toast. It happened in Turkey. the Phillipines elected Duterte and they kill any one they like by just saying they're a drug dealer.

If things continue as they are the line for the U.S.A. will be, the U.S.A. just another scum bucket country with a big military and lots of poverty and corruption.

Anonymous said...

I've been trying to get a grip on the corruption in government from the local level to the top. The only theory that makes sense is Svali's bizarre testimony tying Masonry with Luciferianism to US Military to law enforcement to other power bases like The lawyers and judges: The NSA enabled Deep State?

I've dealt with these weasels for 33 years, and I wouldn't underestimate their ability, resources, and criminal tendencies: there is nothing they cannot get away with.

How does all the coke, heroin, meth, crack, opiads.......some how get delivered to every state for decades during an invasive secret technocratic surveillance state?

What about the drug money trail???!!!

Why focus on personal use marijuana arrests?

Bankers protected by Obama-Holder long ago?

How did a psychopath like Dick Cheney....not end up in jail?

You really cannot fathom the breadth and scope of the conspiracy against this country unless you expand your search terms to arrive at the only possible explanation that includes believing that our enemies are right in front of us portraying themselves as good solid citizens dedicated to public service.