Attorney General Investigators REFUSAL To Count $ 283,000.00 In Front Of DefendantsRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Aug 29 2012 6:41 PM
HOUSTON COUNTY AL: The third Circuit Judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit ( Houston and Henry County ) has recused himself from the case filed by Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange against Center Stage.
The case was initially assigned to Circuit Judge Larry Anderson. Based on a ruling from the Judicial Inquiry Commission and a motion filed on behalf of HEDA ( Houston County Economic Development Association )Judge Anderson recused himself from the case.
The Anderson recusal then moved the case to the Presiding Circuit Judge which is Judge Butch Binford. In an order filed today Judge Binford has entered an order of recusal.
In the order of recusal of Judge Binford , the case moves along from the Presiding Judge to the most senior Judges.
Judge Binford states in his order the senior status of Circuit Judges in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit is as follows: Judge Anderson, Judge Binford, Judge Mendheim, Judge Conaway and Judge Moulton.
If Judge Mendheim recuses himself then the case will then flow to Judge Conaway. The search warrant was signed by Judge Conaway which allowed the search. If Judge Conaway recuses himself the case will then flow to Judge Moulton.
Judges Biinford, Ingram, Lewis, Conaway and Moulton were all appointed to fill vacancies of Judgeships in Houston County and/or the Twentieth Judicial Circuit ( Houston and Henry County ) by then Governor Bob Riley.
Based on the fact that Riley secretly sent $ 7.9 million dollars in the last hours of his Governor Reign to the incoming Attorney General Luther Strange, it is expected that Judge Conaway and Judge Moulton will recuse themselves from the case.
The District Judges, Ingram and Lewis, will not be assigned the case.
From there the case will go to the Governor Bentley appointment, Supreme Court Chief Justice Chuck Malone. Malone was appointed as Chief Justice of Alabama when Judge Sue Bell Cobb resigned. When it came election time Malone was easily defeated by Judge Roy Moore. However Malone serves until January 2013.
Information Concerning Search Of Center Stage By Attorney General Office
We have learned more information of the search of Center Stage Alabama by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office Investigators.
At the time of the seizure of the more than $ 283,000.00 cash dollars from Center Stage, the money was taken from the electronic bingo, the paper bingo, the restaurants and the entire facility.
When the investigators were asked to count the money in the prescence of Center Stage Officials, the investigators from the Attorney General Office are reported to have refused. The investigators were asked to count and issue a receipt and refused.
Reports are the investigators said they were taking the money somewhere else to count it.
So far the Alabama Attorney General’s Office has not filed the Affidavit for the Search Warrant with the Houston County Circuit Clerk. A item that is normally filed in cases within 10 days of the execution of the search warrant.
Interview With Luther Strange
The day following the search warrant we asked for an interview with Alabama’s elected official Luther Strange.
On August 8 Strange had a press conference in Montgomery. RSN mysteriously did not get email notification of the press conference. The press office of the Attorney General “claimed” problems with their email system.
We again asked and were refused an interview with Strange.
When elected officials refuse interviews it usually means they are hiding something!
District Attorney Doug Valeska
District Attorney Doug Valeska helped former Gambling Task Force Czar John Tyson with an illegal raid attempt of Center Stage. Illegal because with 130 Alabama State Troopers, any honest lawman would have had a search warrant.
Tyson had no search warrant. In fact Houston County Sheriff Department, when called about their trespassing, ASSumed they had a search warrant. Something a rookie law enforcement officer would have had.
Tyson and Valeska did not.
When Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange asked Valeska to assist in the search of Center Stage, again Valeksa was eager to help. The Attorney General’s Office DI NOT seek out the Judge present in Houston County. They went to Fairhope Alabama and sought out a Judge who was at the Judge’s Conference.
We will see how things develop.