UPDATED @ 2:15 PM Emails To and from Alabama Attorney General Office - We Requested On July 25th But Strange Scared To Answer Tough QuestionsRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Aug 09 2012 8:17 AM
MONTGOMERY: Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange held a "selective" press conference yesterday in Montgomery to answer questions.
On July 25th I sent his press secretary a request to have some questions answered by AG Luther Strange.
We did not receive a press statement about the press conference. This morning a friend of mine sent me the copy of their press statement about the press conference to answer questions.
The following are the emails and a link to the Montgomery Advertiser article concerning the Press Conference of the Attiorney General.
No I do not think I am special. But I made a specific request. And Luther is a coward in not wanting to answer the serious questions. In addition he lied to me and the inauguaration when my wife and I had out pictures taken with him. The reason I say he lief, what he told me and his actions equal he lied.
EMAIL to Luther Strange Press Secretary
From: rstokes1450 <email@example.com>
To: JPatterson <JPatterson@ago.state.al.us>
Sent: Wed, Jul 25, 2012 5:53 pm
Subject: Re: your question
Need a statement from Luther Strange. I understand that he does not want to answer questions but the poeple of this partof state want answers to some questions. My cell phone number is 334-790-1729 and I need the AG himself to call me. Please understand, I know Luther...and I respectfully ask that he call me for some answers to some questions because the people I represent want answers.
I will be out of the office from Wednesday, August 8, through Friday, August 17. I will be pleased to help you upon my return, or if you have an urgent press need, you may contact Suzanne Webb at 334-242-7351, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Jeff Sommer at 334-353-2199, email@example.com.
I then re-forwarded the email as directed per the auto response from Joy Patterson
Below is the press conference announcement sent to other media by Patterson. I received a copy today from a media friend.
|Subject:||AG to meet with reporters Wednesday 3-4 p.m.|
|Date:||Tue, 7 Aug 2012 10:55:58 -0500|
AG TO MEET WITH PRESS FOR QUESTIONS, INTERVIEWS
REGARDING GENERAL TOPICS OF PUBLIC INTEREST
Between 3 and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8
(MONTGOMERY)--Attorney General Luther Strange will be available to meet with reporters for questions and interviews on various topics of public interest, between 3 and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, at his office in Montgomery, 501 Washington Avenue.
This does not concern an announcement on any particular topic, but has been arranged to accommodate several general press requests, with this invitation extended to others who may also be interested to attend.
Please note that public access is available only through the front entrance, which faces the intersection of Washington Avenue and Decatur Street. Visitors must check in with the receptionist.
UPDATED @ 2:15 PM
Finally I received a response from the Attorney General Office. The response was only after a text message to someone within the agent that was as follows; "I responded to you and showed total respect in the response. I so far have received no response and deserve the respect of one". That message was sent via text message to the cell phone of someone within the Attorney General Office.
Within a short period of time I received a phone call at 1:13 PM from Suzanne in the Press Office. She said they had problems with their email servers on the media notifications. That Kim Chandler with the Birmingham News had called and she never received the notification of press conference either. I asked when was the press conference for us. That on July 25th I specifically requested a meeting and interview with Luther Strange and never got an answer.
She was informed the people of Houston County have questions for Luther Strange. That we want copies of the search warrant afidavit that was not included the return to the Houston County Clerk's Office. That a Birmingham Judge in the Greene Track case assused the Attorney General of being dishonest in their afidavit to obtain a search warrant for Greene Track. There is already a track record of deception on behalf of the Attorney General according to a Circuit Judge, and now no affidavit filed in this case as prescribed by law.
On the day of inauguration Luther Strange told me something that has turned out to be otherwise false. That some of his comments in his press release are questionable and I have questions on behalf of the people of this county. That I would like an interview.
I was told she would check and get back with me.
EMAIL response received from Joy Patterson:
Dear Mr. Stokes:
Please be assured that I have not intentionally failed to respond to you, and while I do recall trying to reach you in the previous situation, I was not aware of your having replied afterward. During my 25 years in the Attorney General’s press office, I have considered it my duty and strived to be fair and responsive to all inquiries. As a former reporter, I know that even if I am not able to help, it is important to let the other person know that, and if possible, I try to help.
Regarding your concern about not being notified of the recent event, I will call this to the attention of my coworker at this time, as I am out of the office and shortly leaving for a long-planned family trip. I do know that due to a recent change in computer servers, our press email lists were disordered and some messages have failed to go through. I am not aware of any failed messages from emails to you, but have been testing and trying to correct where I am aware there has been any problem. I do know there was not any intent or direction to exclude you from notification.
I am copying this message to my co-worker, Suzanne Webb, to let her know of your concern and so that you will know whom to contact for assistance until my return.
From Joy Patterson, of the Attorney General’s press office