The order allows the House Judiciary Committee, which is considering impeaching the governor, to continue with its schedule of impeachment. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley walks to the podium before a news conference on Friday, April 7, 2017, outside the Alabama Capitol building in Montgomery, Ala. The temporary restraining order will prevent the committee from proceeding with the hearings, but a spokesperson for the committee confirmed Friday night the committee will still meet as scheduled Monday to discuss Friday's events.
Bentley, 74, has been engulfed in scandal since recordings surfaced in 2016 of him making suggestive remarks to a female aide before he and his wife of 50 years got divorced.
Despite the legal troubles occurring with his administration, Gov. Bentley has refused to step down from office. The report also contains accusations that Bentley brought Mason with him in state vehicles and aircraft, at times overriding his security detail to do so.
"We are gratified that the Alabama Supreme Court acted promptly and that the restraining order against the Judiciary Committee is stayed", said Jack Sharman, a partner with Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC and special counsel to the Judiciary Committee. The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled impeachment hearings to begin Monday. Even in Impeachments. We will review today's document dump - which appears to be an amalgam of hearsay, rumor and innuendo. The justices had found that "the Alabama legislature is free to conduct its business as prescribed in the state constitution", he added.
Her husband, Jon Mason, was appointed by Bentley as executive director of the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
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Dairy farmer Jennifer Sauer, of Waterloo, said she and her husband, Shane, are desperately trying to find another buyer for the milk from their 120 cows.
Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh and House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, leaders in the Republican-controlled Legislature, have both called on the governor to step aside.
"[Gov. Bentley's] lawyers claim they don't have enough time to study a 131-page report by the Alabama Ethics Commission".
Bentley has no shortage of issues requiring attorneys.
The unanimous decision means the process that could lead to Bentley's removal from office - sparked by allegations that the governor had an affair with senior political adviser Rebekah Caldwell Mason and misused state resources pursuing it - will resume Monday morning. While he admitted that he had made mistakes, he said he has no plans to resign. But he maintained he did nothing illegal and had no intentions of resigning. The Alabama Ethics Commission on Wednesday found probable cause that Bentley broke ethics and campaign law and referred the matter for possible prosecution.