Seems Luther Strange And Steve Marshall Have Lied - Only mystery left in Alabama corruption trial: Why isn't Luther Strange a defendant?Rickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jul 10 2018 5:41 PM
JEFFERSON CO AL:
After a thorough follow up review of our records, we have determined that this office is not in possession of the correspondence to which you refer," Attorney General Steve Marshall's spokesman, Mike Lewis, wrote.
As it would turn out, that was a lie.
When Luther Strange summoned Robert Tambling to his executive conference room, Tambling said in sworn testimony this week that he didn't know why the Alabama attorney general wanted him there.
In October 2014, Tambling was an assistant Attorney General in the office's environmental division. At times, he was the only lawyer in the environmental division, which was supposed to oversee cases including the BP oil spill.
When Tambling arrived at the meeting, in the room were Strange, Chief Deputy Attorney General Kevin Turner, and two other men -- Balch & Bingham partner Joel Gilbert and Drummond Co. vice president David Roberson.
Roberson and Gilbert had come to the Attorney General's office with a request.
The men wanted Strange to push back against the Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to clean up polluted neighborhoods in north Birmingham -- a plan that could have put polluters, including Drummond Co., on the hook for the cleanup costs.
Federal prosecutors have accused Roberson and Gilbert of bribing former Alabama lawmaker Oliver Robinson to fight the EPA, but this trial has exposed much more. It has shown how our government works and who it works for, and how Gilbert turned every level of government -- from neighborhood leaders to United States senators -- into a Balch & Bingham puppet show.