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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: A Gathering of Eagles – The Fiftieth Anniversary of Bill Baxley’s Service as Attorney General

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On May 5, 1970, the attention of the state of Alabama and, indeed, the country was focused on the democratic primary for governor where George Wallace was attempting to return to office by unseating incumbent governor Albert Brewer. That campaign is still regarded today as one of the most hard-fought contests in Alabama’s storied election history.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: Justice Samuel Alston Beatty – A Reminiscence

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Samuel Alston Beatty was a man of many titles and talents: lieutenant, bomber pilot, member of the Greatest Generation, major, lawyer, doctor, professor, assistant dean, dean, and judge. He can be described by many adjectives: smart, humorous, devilish, animated, irascible, persistent, outgoing, larger than life, and testy.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: 30 Faces of Pro Bono, Part 2 of 6

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Joseph Abrams, an attorney for the City of Birmingham, has dedicated the majority of his young career to providing legal services to those who can’t afford it

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: Expungement of Criminal Records

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Why do we have or need an expungement law? Since judicial records are generally considered to be public records, they are usually available for inspection and copying by the public.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: Driving Under the Influence – An Overview

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Driving under the influence, or DUI, is a serious crime. It can have serious consequences for the livelihood and freedom of the accused. It is one of the few crimes where the initial behavior–consumption of an alcoholic beverage–is a legal act.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: Practical Tips in DUI Cases

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A DUI case can be almost a walk-through case, or it can be one of the most complicated cases a criminal defense lawyer will handle. This article is intended to provide practical tips no matter what kind of case you have.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: One of the Good Guys – Pryor becomes Chief Judge of the Eleventh Circuit

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Judge William H. Pryor, Jr. became Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in June 2020, making him the highest-ranking officer of his court. It’s not exactly where a young Bill Pryor thought his career would take him.

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FROM THE ALABAMA LAWYER: Avoid Conviction Through Settlement – The Rise of Deferred Prosecution

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Alabama has dramatically increased pretrial diversion programs. They now exist in criminal cases involving theft, driving under the influence (DUI), drug offenses, property offenses, traffic offense, sex offenses, domestic violence, and others. They almost all have a few common threads.

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Circuit Criminal Trial and Evidence Practice Pointers

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Judge William H. Filmore, Tobie J. Smith, and J. Patrick Lamb

Most Often Cited Rule of Evidence: 404(b)

The first sentence of Alabama Rules of Evidence Rule 404(b) gives the general rule: “Evidence of other crimes, wrongs, or acts is not admissible to prove the character of a person in order to show action in conformity therewith.”

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Circuit Civil Trial and Evidence Practice Pointers

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By Judge Elisabeth A. French, Julia T. Cochrun, and LaBella S. McCallum

With changes in the law school curriculums in terms of evidence requirements, many in the legal profession have observed that attorney trial skills have declined in recent years.

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