Wednesday, September 20, 2023

After publishing a bombshell story about corruption tied to Southern Company, Ban Balch's K.B. Forbes has a 22-caliber projectile shot through his window

A .22-caliber pistol

The CEO of a nonprofit advocacy organization that has published numerous in-depth articles about scandals swirling around Southern Company was the apparent target of a shooting at his home today.

K.B. Forbes is publisher of the Ban Balch blog and chief executive of its parent organization, the CDLU public charity and advocacy group. Forbes says a 22-caliber projectile pierced a window at his house today. Ban Balch has published probably several hundred posts about unsavory activities involving Southern Company and its affiliates, including Alabama Power. But he says the shooting appears to have been triggered by one particular post, and he addresses today's unsettling events under the headline "Southern Company Unhinged! Forbes Family Window Shot At; 6-year-old’s Play Area Targeted":

Just hours after published the bombshell story that Southern Company engaged in an alleged surveillance effort of U.S. Department of Justice officials and former U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, an unknown Southern Company stooge apparently shot at CDLU Executive Director K.B. Forbes’ bedroom window, in the rear of his house. (Here at Legal Schnauzer, we published an article about the surveillance story at this link.)

The .22-caliber projectile hit the window and was believed to have been shot from the fence behind Forbes’ home. Four sheriff deputies came to Forbes’ home, and federal investigators are being briefed.

The Forbes Family lives in a gated community so the shooting was not random nor accidental.

Forbes and his wife have two daughters, and at least one of the girls could have been in harm's way. Forbes writes:

The area of the bedroom is a play area for his 6-year-old daughter. The path of the projectile was directed at the height of the child’s head.

“Deplorable! Southern Company resorted to hiring the dregs of humanity, and now these misfits allegedly have sent yet another violent message trying to silence our advocacy,” Forbes stated.

This is not the first time someone connected to journalism or courtroom activities involving Southern Company has been targeted. Forbes provides a rundown:

In 2021, David Roberson, an ex-Drummond Company executive, had his car window shot out on Highway 280 as he was delivering documents to his attorney, Burt Newsome.

In 2020, Burt Newsome was gravely injured in a head-on car wreck just days after a smear website paid for by Southern Company falsely called him a rapist.

In 2018, the vehicle windows of Burt Newsome’s wife were smashed and shattered in a targeted burglary,  allegedly the handiwork of Southern Company operatives. The vandalism was caught on video-surveillance cameras, and law-enforcement officers said the burglars were specifically looking for her vehicle.

Now Southern Company Executive Chairman Tom Fanning and CEO Chris Womack need to be held responsible for the criminal enterprise’s unhinged misconduct. No one at Southern Company can blame Mark Crosswhite, who resigned nearly a year ago as CEO at Alabama Power. No one at Southern Company can blame Matrix LLC founder Joe Perkins or his entities, when Southern Company allegedly still pays him millions of dollars every year to allegedly do what he infamously does.

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