FEATURED COLUMNISTSOpinion | Donald Watkins was indicted on Thursday; he’ll never be convictedRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Nov 30 2018 2:55 PM
FROM THE ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER
Let me tell you a story. A true story.
In the spring of 2014, as Alabama State University found itself mired in controversy stemming from an ongoing forensic audit and investigation, Birmingham attorney and former ASU trustee Donald Watkins stood at a university board meeting and told trustees of a fantastic opportunity to form a relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
That’s right. Slap dab in the middle of a state and federal investigation in which university officials were alleged to have committed massive fraud, the FBI, Watkins said, wanted to form a partnership.
Watkins told the trustees that a meeting had been held between himself and other representatives of ASU and the director of the FBI’s Montgomery field office. At that meeting, Watkins said, the director had proposed an “intragovernmental relationship.”