Alabama Supreme Court votes to proceed with impeachment hearings

Posted April 11, 2017

(Julie Bennett/ via AP).

"Governor Bentley's loyalty shifted from the State of Alabama to himself", Sharman wrote in an executive summary.

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According to a news release, the Alabama Supreme Court voted Saturday to issue an emergency stay of a temporary restraining order issued by a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge Friday.

Bentley said after the ethics commission findings that he had no intention of resigning. Bentley vowed again he won't resign even as his political troubles mounted an.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has won a delay in impeachment hearings that were due to start next week in the state legislature.

Bentley, a former Baptist deacon, used the language of his religion during his Friday public appearance, acknowledging "personal struggles" and asking for prayer.

"That panel says there's probable cause that the governor violated state campaign finance laws".

Bentley, 74, has been engulfed in scandal since recordings surfaced in 2016 of him making suggestive remarks to a female aide before he and his wife of 50 years got divorced. But he maintained he did nothing illegal and had no intentions of resigning.

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The Associated Press on Friday said an impeachment report found that Bentley "encouraged an atmosphere of intimidation" in an effort to keep his relationship with the adviser quiet.

"Gov. Bentley directed law enforcement to advance his personal interests and, in a process characterized by increasing obsession and paranoia, subjected career law enforcement officers to tasks meant to protect his reputation", the report said.

Special Counsel Jack Sharman said the committee's position was that it is free to proceed with the hearings. He said it was unprecedented for the judicial branch to block a legislative proceeding. It also accused him of retaliating against an official who discovered the relationship.

The Supreme Court ordered briefs in the case to be submitted by 1 p.m. EDT on Monday. "If the people want to know if I misused state resources, the answer is simply no, I have not". He did not take questions.

"I'm so in love with you". I need you. I want you. Stabler recalls that Lewis would frequently ask his detail members about Mason and Governor Bentley, and that Stabler told Lewis about the text message in the course of one of those discussions.

The recording was made by his then-wife, Dianne Bentley, who left her iPhone recording as she went for a walk on the beach in 2014.

Bentley has denied having a physical affair with Mason, who is married. Collier said Mason wielded so much power that she was considered the "de facto governor". The report is supposed to be released Friday and the committee is scheduled to begin impeachment hearings Monday. He also said the impeachment articles accusing Bentley of corruption and neglect of duty are "extremely vague".

The development was the latest in a wild week in Alabama politics as the Republican governor battled the Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature over his possible impeachment.

Republican House Speaker Mac McCutcheon on Friday said that the spectacle has been an embarrassment to the state. After hearing arguments, Shaul later recused from the case, saying he had been appointed by Bentley.