Alabama governor to face impeachment hearings
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 4:21
The court did not issue an opinion with its ruling.
Associate Justice Glenn Murdock recused himself from the order.
Attorneys involved in the case will have to file briefs no later than 1 p.m. on Monday.
"Gov. Bentley directed law enforcement to advance his personal interests and, in a process characterized by increasing obsession and paranoia, subjected career law enforcement officers to tasks meant to protect his reputation", the report said.
The report also included text messages Dianne Bentley gave the committee.
The governor has acknowledged making inappropriate remarks to Mason, but both deny a sexual relationship or any wrongdoing.
Bentley's legal team and a representative did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Lewis reported to Collier in early August that Stabler had reported to Lewis seeing a text message from Mason to Bentley that said: "Thank you for being my special friend, I love you".
Meanwhile Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin issued a request to halt proceedings of impeachment. The Supreme Court justices asked for briefs on the matter to be filed by Monday.
"It's disappointing to hear the committee will plow forward while the Supreme Court is considering the case", the statement said. "We have no idea what the committee has planned for Monday or who its witnesses will be", Bentley lawyer Ross Garber said.
The 7-0 decision by the high court allows impeachment proceedings to begin in the House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee on Monday.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Mike Jones, R-Andalusia, called it "a great day for the Constitution of Alabama".
The development was the latest in a wild week in Alabama politics as the Republican governor battled the Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature over his possible impeachment.
"That panel says there's probable cause that the governor violated state campaign finance laws". The Alabama attorney general's office is also conducting an investigation, though it is not clear what its focus is.
Republican House Speaker Mac McCutcheon on Friday said that the spectacle has been an embarrassment to the state.
Bentley, who was urged to resign the governorship by Senate President Del Marsh earlier this week, held a press conference on the steps of the Capitol early Friday to say he had no intention of resigning, taking the opportunity of skewering those "taking pleasure in shaming" him and his family.