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Author: Jason Johnson

Roy Moore files lawsuit to stop election certification

Going for the Hail Mary, losing U.S. Senate candidate Roy S. Moore filed an election complaint Wednesday afternoon over what he claims to be “potential election fraud” in a last-minute attempt to delay the certification of his opponent’s victory. Democrat Doug Jones managed to secure a majority of the votes in the tightly contested race, but since his election Dec. 12, Moore and his supporters have done little else other than to allege that fraudulent voting played a role in their unexpected loss. Still, the complaint Moore’s campaign filed in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County Wednesday afternoon is...

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Judge rejects jury’s recommendation, sentences double murderer to life

After being convicted two times for the same 2009 double murder, Derrick Penn avoided capital punishment a second time last week when a recommended death sentence was overruled by Circuit Judge Rick Stout, who instead handed down a life sentence. As Lagniappe previously reported, Penn was convicted in 2011 for breaking into the apartment of his estranged wife, Janet Penn, and fatally shooting her in front of her 17-year-old daughter. He then beat her boyfriend, Demetrius Powe, to death with the gun after it jammed. Penn was sentenced to death at the time, but that conviction was overturned in...

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Campaign strategist: Jones’ bipartisan message was his own

A few things made Doug Jones’ win in Alabama’s special Senate election a reality: African-Americans, women and millennials showed up to the polls and thousands of Republicans opted to stay home or cast write-in votes for someone other than Roy Moore. That’s according to Joe Trippi, a senior strategist for the Jones campaign, who told Lagniappe clearly that if any of those hadn’t panned out, the results would have likely been different. Yet, despite a campaign that was polarizing in a number of ways, Trippi believes it was Jones’ mantra of “common ground” and “compromise” that brought the elements...

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Secretary of State clears voter fraud investigation

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill has found no proof of voter fraud in Alabama’s Dec. 12 special Senate race after investigating a Doug Jones supporter who made a single statement on a confusing election night news report. Jones is the first Democratic senator Alabama has elected in 25 years, and since he bested Republican Roy Moore in the Dec. 12 election, there have been a number of allegations of potential voter fraud — several of which were quickly disproven. Moore, who has still yet to concede the race, has also continued to stoke fears that voter fraud may...

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Military, provisional ballots won’t sway Senate vote

Secretary of State John Merrill has released the number of military and provisional ballots cast in Alabama’s special Senate race, but regardless who those votes were for, the total won’t be enough to change the outcome. Republican Roy Moore lost the Dec. 12 contest to Senator-elect Doug Jones by more than 22,000 votes, but after more than a week, he and his campaign staff have still refused to concede defeat. In his few public statements since the election, Moore expressed hope that uncounted military and provisional ballots might sway the result his way or at least reduce Jones’ margin...

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Former constable convicted in Causeway homicide retrial

After having his original conviction overturned for an admission of improper evidence, a former Mobile County constable has been found guilty of murder a second time for shooting and killing a man in a violent altercation on the Causeway in 2014. Larry Lambert Sheffield, 68, was arrested July 20, 2014, after shooting and killing 53-year-old Jeffrey McMillan in the parking lot of Traders, at 4015 Battleship Parkway in Spanish Fort. At the time of the incident, the Spanish Fort Police Department said the two men had been in a confrontation inside the bar, which allegedly began when Sheffield punched...

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Democrat’s unlikely Senate victory continues to make waves

Democrat Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election gained national attention, and some of the spotlight has lingered as politicos on both sides of the aisle analyze Republican Roy Moore’s unexpected defeat and what it might mean for the very red state going forward. While the result was noteworthy, Moore’s behavior since the election has only added to the intrigue. More than a week afterward, his campaign is still refusing to concede defeat and his supporters are continuing to push theories of voter fraud that, as of yet, remain unsubstantiated. In his only public statement since election day,...

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Police confirm sex abuse investigation at Daphne Elementary

Following growing rumors on social media, police in Daphne have confirmed an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse made against a teacher at Daphne Elementary School by a student’s parent. According to a news release, police are in the process of investigating a claim reported by a “concerned parent” said to involve a juvenile victim and an adult at the school. “We are not releasing any information at this time due to the facts of the case and the juvenile status involved,” Capt. Judson Beedy wrote. “There has not been an arrest made in this case. Information will be...

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