Marshall County district attorney appointed to Alabama AG post
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 9:14
Gov. Robert Bentley, R-Tuscaloosa, moved quickly to find a replacement for former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, appointing Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall to the position Friday evening. He pushed to put ephedrine products behind pharmacy counters and led the first prosecution under a law that allows killers of pregnant women to be prosecuted for two murders.
The appointment, announced late Friday afternoon, fills the vacancy left when former Attorney General Luther Strange was sworn in as US senator Thursday.
The appointment of odd, who some lawmakers thought was investigating the governor, has put the process into question.
"Jeff Sessions will be an outstanding U.S. Attorney General in President Trump's administration".
Other candidates included Alabama State School Board of Education member Mary Scott Hunter, former Pickens County District Attorney Chris McCool, Sen.
"It is a great honor to be named attorney general, and I am thankful to Governor Bentley for the opportunity to serve the people of Alabama", Marshall said. "Governor Bentley asked me to interview for the position of Attorney General for Alabama and this morning we had a productive discussion".
In elevating odd, the governor was able to handpick a replacement attorney general who will be in charge of that "related work" and enforcing state laws for the rest of Bentley's term.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, said Thursday that House members would likely sit down with the new attorney general a week after the appointment to discuss the status of the investigation.
In November, Strange had asked the House Judiciary Committee to pause an impeachment investigation of the governor, who was accused previous year of having an affair with a onetime top political adviser.
Marshall has been the district attorney of Marshall County since he was sworn to the post in 2001 by Gov. Don Siegelman to replace Ronald Thompson. Bryan Taylor, state Sen.
"The time spent working alongside law enforcement for the last 20 years has been a remarkable privilege", Marshall was quoted as saying in a press release".
Barry Matson, executive director of the Alabama District Attorneys Association, praised Marshall's selection. Phil Williams. Martin had served as Strange's chief deputy. Cam Ward, state Sen. Tom Whatley and state Sen. While in private practice, he served as a legal analyst for the House and as city prosecutor for Albertville and Arab. During that time, he was the prosecutor for the municipal courts in Arab and Albertville and served as municipal attorney for Arab.