Posts by Clayton Tartt

Forkland Mayor Surrenders to Face Felony Charges

Derrick Biggs, the mayor of Forkland, Alabama, has surrendered to Greene County authorities and will now face charges of first-degree theft and tampering with government records. Biggs had been sought by police since it was discovered that more than $6,000 was missing from the Forkland’s water department. If convicted, Biggs would have to vacate the office of mayor of…

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Crimson Tide Football Player Arrested for DUI

A vehicle collision early on the morning of July 13th led to the arrest of a defensive lineman on the University of Alabama football team. Police witnessed Jarran Kentel Reed, 21, backing his 2011 White Dodge Charger into another car at the City Fest Parking lot in Tuscaloosa.  Reed attempted to flee the scene of the accident before a…

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Alabama Expungement Law Takes Effect

Have you ever filled out a job application? If you have, you’ve probably been asked, “Have you ever been arrested?” It’s a pretty loaded question. What if you were arrested, but prosecutors dropped the charges? What should you say then? If you say no, you’re lying. If you say yes, the person reading the application…

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Man Arrested and Charged with Sexual Abuse in Tuscaloosa

James Robert Burns, 62, has been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Tuscaloosa.  The charges of sexual abuse and sodomy stem from an incident that took place around 6:00 p.m. on Monday evening near the 15000 block of Beacon Point Drive.  When investigators arrived on the scene in reference to a sexual assault,…

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Birmingham Police Arrest 15 in Operation Recoil

A total of 15 individuals have been arrested in an ongoing attempt by law enforcement to crack down on the illegal sales of firearms and drugs.  United States Marshals and ATF agents teamed up with Birmingham Police Department’s Crime Reduction and Neighborhood Enforcement teams to apprehend the suspects in a round-up that is part of…

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Miranda Failures not Grounds for Automatic Dismissal

On a weekly basis, criminal defendants contact our office after having been arrested. The funny thing is, they often aren’t looking for a criminal attorney to defend them, but rather a civil rights attorney to sue the police.  The primary reason provided is that they were arrested and the police didn’t read them their rights.  …

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Trial Date Set for Police Officers Involved in 2008 Alleged Beating

United States District Judge Virgina Hopkins has set a trial date for the lawsuit filed against six Birmingham police officers by Anthony Warren.  It will take place at the Hugo Black United States Courthouse in Birmingham on September 22, 2014 and address charges that accuse police of beating Warren while he lay unconscious on the ground…

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Columbiana Police Arrest 16 in Synthetic Drug Sweep

A nationwide drug operation, dubbed Project Synergy, has led to the arrest of 16 individuals by the Columbiana Police Department.  Officers seized more than 400 grams of synthetic and real marijuana, as well as other narcotics during the statewide raid.  It is believed that the estimated street value of the narcotics seized is around $15,000.…

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Police Charge Two Suspects in Death of Retired Birmingham Firefighter

Hueytown police have charged two men with murder in connection to the death of a 66-year-old retired firefighter who was slain in his home on April 23rd.  Kamal Potts, 23, and Romell Cunningham, 28, are both facing one felony count of capital murder during a burglary, and one felony count of capital murder during a robbery. Potts, his…

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Two Men Charged in Birmingham Weekend Slaying

Police have announced charges against two men for their involvement in the murder of Clarence Harris, 37, who was shot and killed on Sunday morning.  Walter Rhone, 41, has been charged with murder and Tavaris Moore, 33, has been charged with hindering prosecution after Harris was found shot to death in the 5600 Block of…

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