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Don Siegelman's daughter starts online petition seeking Obama pardon

The daughter of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman started a petition pleading President Barack Obama to pardon her father, contending his prosecution and imprisonment was politically motivated.

Dana Siegelman Kinkade, who cited 113 attorneys general on both sides of the aisle, left-leaning and conservative media outlets and law professors on her father's side, claimed George W. Bush senior advisor Karl Rove and other political operatives were involved in "railroading" Siegelman, a Democrat, as political payback.

In 2012, Siegelman was sentenced to 78 months in jail after being convicted of bribery and mail fraud charges for pocketing $500,000 for his foundation, which supported earmarking proceeds from a proposed statewide lottery to fund education. The check came from former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, who was appointed to the Alabama Certificates of Need Board, which had oversight over HealthSouth. Siegelman and his attorneys have maintained there was no quid pro quo.

"Several whistleblowers have come forward disclosing Karl Rove's involvement in railroading Don Siegelman and the unethical use of Republican party affiliates to collaborate and convict Don Siegelman of a crime he never committed," Kinkade wrote in the petition. "This petition is much more than just one man's freedom. It is about American freedom. If this can happen to one man, it can happen to anyone."

Read more: http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/07/don_siegelmans_daughter_starts.html

Bentley says no prison bill in special session

Gov. Robert Bentley said Tuesday he will not include an ambitious prison construction bill, the centerpiece of his legislative agenda this spring, in any special session call.

“We’re going to take up one thing at a time in a special session, and what we have to take up in the special session is General Fund funding,” Bentley said in a phone interview Tuesday morning.

The governor said he was looking at “late summer and fall” for a special session call. That call will likely focus on finding up to $85 million for Alabama's Medicaid program. Officials say they need that money to maintain existing services and launch regional care organizations (RCOs), aimed at managing cost growth in the program.

“We’ll be announcing that in the near future,” he said.

Read more: http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/politics/southunionstreet/2016/07/19/bentley-no-prison-construction-bill-special-session/87293528/

Freedom from religion group demands flag be removed from Bryan County Courthouse

A Christian flag standing behind the judges’ bench at the Bryan County Courthouse in Pembroke may be coming down.

Bryan County Clerk of Courts Becky Crowe said she received a letter on July 11 from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) noting that there was a Christian flag displayed in the courtroom. The letter included pictures someone had taken of the flag, Crowe said.

The letter went on to say that it is unconstitutional for a government entity to display a flag with a patently religious symbol and meaning on its grounds and the county needed to take immediate action to remove the flag from the courthouse, Crowe said.

Crowe -- who noted that she is not responsible for what is inside the courtroom -- forwarded the letter to Lea Holiday, the county’s attorney.

Read more: http://savannahnow.com/bryan-county-now-news/2016-07-19/freedom-religion-group-demands-flag-be-removed-bryan-county

Georgia's top judge plans to leave the state's highest court

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's top judge plans to leave the state's highest court in early January.

Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh Thompson, who is 73, announced his decision in a news release Tuesday. Gov. Nathan Deal will be responsible for appointing his replacement.

Thompson's four-year term as chief justice ends in August 2017.

But the court is expanding from seven to nine justices in January, and he said it makes sense for his replacement to start at the same time as the other two new justices.

Read more: http://www.thebrunswicknews.com/news/state_news/georgia-s-top-judge-plans-to-leave-the-state-s/article_bb12196a-e010-5d18-b8df-45c413d57b1a.html

Man jailed after Facebook comments to ‘kill all white cops’

A 19-year-old Macon man was arrested after he allegedly posted comments on a TV station’s Facebook page telling the public to “kill all white cops.”

Derrick “De De” Hudson, of a Roosevelt Avenue address, is accused of typing “Just kill all white cracker cops LLH” (laughing like hell) on a post by WGXA-TV about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to an arrest warrant. He is charged with soliciting people to commit murder.

Others on Facebook rebuked the comments, which were linked to a TV station post showing a video of Alton Sterling’s 15-year-old son speaking out about his father’s death.

Police shot Sterling July 5 in Louisiana in an incident captured on video and widely circulated on the internet.

Read more: http://www.macon.com/news/local/crime/article89919172.html

He's back! Florida man torches house following dispute, dog dies in flames

A Florida man was arrested on Sunday morning after police said he got into a dispute with the people he was staying with and burned down their house, killing a dog in the process.

Thomas Loncala, 52, was arguing over his belongings at an Ormond Beach-home he was staying at with other people on Sunday around 7 a.m. and was told to leave, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Loncala left the home, but not before lighting it on fire using some papers.

"By the time I got on my porch, the entire house was (engulfed) up in flames, to the trees and everything," Bra’on Smith, a neighbor, told the News-Journal. Another neighbor, Nancy Rojas, told the News-Journal that she was awakened by a woman who lived at the house “screaming very loudly” and beating on her window.

According to Ormond Beach police spokesman Keith Walker, Loncala performed the act to take revenge over his missing property, the Daytona Beach News-Journal added. Loncala was arrested on two counts of attempted murder and charges of arson and animal cruelty.

Read more: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/crime-law/police-florida-man-torches-house-following-dispute/nr2Hg/

State asks court if it can change birth certificate of transgender teen

TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Department of Health has asked a judge to decide whether a state law that allows it to change the gender on a birth certificate applies in the case of a transgender teenager from Broward County who received court approval to change both his name and gender.

“This particular request presents an unprecedented issue for the department,” wrote DOH lawyer Nichole Geary in a petition filed Tuesday in the Second Judicial Circuit Court in Leon County.

The parents of the unnamed 14-year-old asked a Broward court earlier this year to allow the name and birth certificate change for their transgender son. The child’s birth certificate identifies him as female, but his parents say the youth identifies himself as male and wishes to live his life with a male name and male characteristics.

A Broward judge ordered the name change and added a handwritten note ordering the agency “to change the gender identifier for the child,” Geary said in the petition. The judge also sealed the record.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article90608472.html

$15 minimum wage met with skepticism in Vermont

MONTPELIER — Vermont gubernatorial candidate Peter Galbraith (D) is making a $15 minimum wage a centerpiece of his campaign, but Republican opponents and one local economics professor say the wage could hurt Vermont’s economy.

Galbraith, a former state senator and U.S. diplomat, has touted the higher wage in television ads and press releases, as well as at a recent debate. The Democrat from Townshend proposes raising the wage to $12.50 immediately, then upping it to $15 in increments.

“I’m totally committed, and have been for a long time, to the higher minimum wage,” Galbraith said during last month’s debate in Irasburg. “When I was in the Senate I pushed legislation to introduce a minimum wage of $12 by 2015. I’m sorry that it didn’t happen.”

Galbraith argues that the minimum wage didn’t increase unemployment during the Great Depression of the 1930s, and says a $15 minimum wage today, when adjusted for inflation, is less than what the wage was in the 1960s.

Read more: http://www.suncommunitynews.com/articles/the-vermont-eagle/15-minimum-wage-met-with-skepticism-in-vermont/

Governor candidates debate tonight

All five major-party candidates for Vermont governor are expected to take the stage tonight at the Paramount Theatre.

Democrats Matt Dunne, Peter Galbraith and Sue Minter are vying for their party’s nomination. Similarly, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is squaring off against Bruce Lisman for the Republican nomination. They are scheduled to meet in the forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The debate, sponsored by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, VT PBS and Northfield Savings Bank, is expected to focus on “Vermont’s Economic Future in a Time of Climate Change.”

Anyone interested can attend the event in Rutland, or watch live on Vermont PBS TV or online. The debate will be moderated by Chris Graff.

Read more: http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20160719/THISJUSTIN/160719496

Business executive convicted of bilking investors out of $2M

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A central New York business executive has been convicted of bilking more than a dozen investors out of $2 million.

A federal jury in Syracuse on Monday found 71-year-old James Griffin guilty of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.

Prosecutors say Griffin marketed and sold a product through 54 Freedom Cos., which guaranteed a monthly return to investors who said the monthly checks would disappear. Griffin is the chairman and CEO of the Cazenovia-based business.

The product was sold as a charitable gift annuity, which was marketed as being backed by a highly-rated insurance carrier.

Read more: http://www.wcax.com/story/32476261/business-executive-convicted-of-bilking-investors-out-of-2m
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