AL Supreme Court to rule on immunity in lawsuit against BentleyMatt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jan 03 2018 8:12 AM
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Supreme Court could determine the fate of a civil lawsuit filed against former Gov. Robert Bentley.
Bentley’s legal team petitioned the Alabama Supreme Court for a Writ of Mandamus regarding the remaining counts in a lawsuit filed against Bentley by former ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier.
Collier alleges in the lawsuit that Bentley acted outside the scope of his authority in the events leading up to and following his termination as ALEA secretary.
Immunity is granted to elected officials and constitutional officers regarding civil lawsuits and money claims related to actions taken while serving in an official capacity.
Recently, Judge Greg Griffin dropped two employment claims against Bentley from the lawsuit, stating Bentley was granted absolute immunity, leaving seven other tort claims in place including three counts of invasion of privacy, three counts of defamation and one count of conspiracy.
This order prompted Bentley’s lawyers to petition the Alabama Supreme Court for immunity on those counts.