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Tracy Lee | 3/13/2018
An Alabama sheriff allegedly used taxpayer money allotted for feeding jail inmates to purchase a $740,000 home, according to a local report that revealed an abuse in funds.
Over the past three years, Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin took in more than $750,000 of further “compensation,” according to forms filed with the Alabama Ethics Commission and revealed by AL.com.
Alex Aubuchon | 2/26/2018
Alabama lawmakers are considering a bill that would weed out less serious drug offenders.
Democratic Representative Patricia Todd and Republican Senator Dick Brewbaker are sponsoring a bill that would reclassify possession of less than ounce of marijuana as a civil offense. The bill has passed through the Senate and House Judiciary Committees and will now move to the Senate floor.
Alabama Appleseed is a nonprofit that vows to achieve justice for all Alabamians. The organization says they’re pushing for drugs — and marijuana specifically — to be viewed through what they call a “public safety lens”. Frank Knaack is Alabama Appleseed’s Executive Director. He says Alabama’s marijuana laws need some work.
Barnini Chakraborty | 1/30/2018
A three-time Rotary Club “Ambassador of the Year,” Alabama car dealer Jamey Vibbert was a hometown hero — until being branded a felon.
His alleged crime: selling two cars reportedly purchased with drug money, which in the eyes of an Alabama prosecutor made him a money launderer, guilty of “taking dirty money.”
Vibbert was arrested on June 24, 2015, and $25,097 taken from his bank account. His mug shot was plastered in the local newspaper and Facebook accounts. His $2 million-a-year business was out-of-business.
“No one wanted to buy from us,” Vibbert told Fox News. “People whispered, ‘You buy from them, you go to jail.’ It cost us our business.”
With his reputation in tatters, Vibbert dropped out of the Rotary Club, fell behind on house payments and stopped going to church.
He would go on to face two separate legal proceedings: a criminal trial on title fraud charge, and a separate, related to civil asset forfeiture.
Even though he wasn’t guilty.