Latest Supreme Court of Alabama News

Suit claiming bats, rats at courthouse goes to Supreme Court

Aug. 8, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama appeals court ruled it doesn't have the power to decide whether to dismiss an employee lawsuit claiming a west Alabama courthouse is infested with rodents and bats. The Court of Civil Appeals, in a decision Friday, said the Alabama Supreme Court needed to consider the...

Court weighs whether state agency's meetings can be recorded

Aug. 6, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court will decide whether Public Service Commission hearings are public meetings in a case that began after a candidate was kicked out for recording a proceeding. The Montgomery Advertiser reports that justices heard arguments Wednesday in the appeal brought by...

Alabama judge charged with theft, ethics violation resigns

Jul. 8, 2020 7:17 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama judge accused of misusing court funds and stealing money from clients has resigned from his post. Former Limestone County District Judge Doug Patterson announced he would be stepping down effective July 3, according to a letter to the Alabama Supreme Court filed Tuesday....

Potato chip heiress wins back control of fortune

Jul. 2, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The heiress to the Golden Flake potato chip empire is for now back in control of her fortune after a ruling Thursday by the Alabama Supreme Court. The court voided a 2019 probate order granting an emergency conservator that came after two employees claimed that 88-year-old Joann...