High Court Greenlights Impeachment Proceedings For Alabama Governor
Apr 09 2017 by Larry Hoffman
Gov. Robert Bentley tried to intimidate a state staffer, telling her she'd never work in Alabama again if she told anyone about his relationship with his political adviser.
The scandal has plagued Bentley since 2016, when recordings from 2014 emerged of him making sexually explicit comments to one of his advisors, Rebekah Mason.
Once Bentley became aware that his wife and others were growing increasingly suspicious of an inappropriate relationship, he attempted to hide traces of his contact with Mason. Mason quit the governor's office in March of a year ago, after accusations about the two became public. According to the report, Hannah is the one Ms. Bentley first told about her suspicions.
The special counsel in an impeachment probe of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley urged a judge to let lawmakers move forward with hearings and the release of his investigative report. Some requested information was blacked out, including some texts. In Alabama, any offense involving "moral turpitude" can be impeachable.
The report also included text messages Dianne Bentley gave the committee. He denied an affair. Afterwards, she asked Hannah to help her take those recordings off her phone and save them on a CD.
Sharman and Alabama Law Institute Director Othni Lathram argued in court Friday that the Constitution delegated powers to pursue impeachment entirely to the Alabama Legislature.
"I continue to have confidence that there will ultimately be fairness and due process in this matter", Garber said.
The saga of the impeachment process of Gov. Robert Bentley continued on Friday.
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The Alabama Supreme Court on Saturday allowed the impeachment of Governor Robert Bentley to start next week, staying a temporary restraining order from a lower court that had blocked hearings, court documents showed. Griffin was initially appointed to the bench by Bentley before being elected.
Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, praised the stay in a press release. He said it was unprecedented for the judicial branch to block a legislative proceeding.
Two top Republicans in the state have asked Bentley to step down.
Republican House Speaker Mac McCutcheon on Friday said that the spectacle has been an embarrassment to the state. "It's the only way to avoid taking our state on a long, painful and embarrassing journey whose ending is likely already known to us all". Bentley vowed again he won't resign even as his political.
Bentley, who is in his second term, is accused of using state resources for personal use. Each is a B felony and punishable with prison.
Bentley said he has been humiliated and apologized for his mistakes.
"Our state doesn't need this, our people don't need this". He also said the impeachment articles accusing Bentley of corruption and neglect of duty are "extremely vague".