In a short statement, Alabama State University President Dr. Joseph H. Silver addressed being placed on administrative leave. The newly hired leader says integrity and transparency should be a university's foundation and are the hallmarks of his management style. He went on to say that a review of contracts and financial documents, revealed some items he considered questionable, troubling and a possible conflict of interest. Tuesday, the university's Executive Vice President John Knight refuted Silver's claims and challenged the suspended president to produce evidence. A spokeswoman for Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says ASU's Board of Trustees has agreed to postpone a meeting until Friday to discuss suspended President Joseph Silver.
A circuit court jury has found one of seven males charged in a 2011 shooting at Montgomery's Oak Park guilty of seven counts of assault. 22-year-old Ladarrin McCall is the first of the seven defendants to be tried after the shootings, which wounded three children and five adults at Oak Park. The gunfire happened in September 2011 during a reunion of residents who had lived at the Trenholm Court housing development. McCall will be sentenced December 21, 2012 by Circuit Judge Charles Price.
Six members of an alleged identity theft ring have been arrested and indicted on charges of identity theift, bank fraud and wire fraud, according to the U.S. Attorney's office for the middle district of Alabama. 37-year-old Edmund Lee McCall, 30-year-old Rosie Lee Murphy, and 43-year-old Vanessa Valease Gordon, all from Montgomery, 34-year-old Nakeisha Rochelle Richardson Moore of Birmingham, 40-year-old Corey Gerard Harris of Decatur, Georgia and 43-year-old Andrew Milton Williams have all been arraigned on the charges. The group is accused of stealing credit cards, people's identities and credit information. If convicted, the defendants face up to 30 years in prison on the bank and wire fraud charges alone.