Look Who's Linking to PoliBlog:
Absinthe and Cookies
Accidental Verbosity
Admiral Quixote's Roundtable
All Day Permanent Red
All Things Jennifer
Ann Althouse
The American Mind
Arguing with signposts
The Astute Blogger
Asymmeterical Information
B-Town Blog Boys
Backcountry Conservative
Balloon Juice
Bananas and Such Begging to Differ
The Bemusement Park
Bewtween the Coasts
Betsy's Page
The Big Picture
Blogs for Bush
Boots and Sabers
The Bully Pulpit
Caffeinated Musing
California Yankee
Captain's Quarters
Chicago Report
Chicagoland of Confusion
Citizen Smash
Collected Thoughts
The Command Post
Common Sense and Wonder
Confessions Of A Political Junkie
Conservative and Right
Cranial Cavity
The Daily Lemon
Daly Thoughts
DANEgerus Weblog
Dart Frog on a Cactus
Dean's World Dear Free World
Brad DeLong
Democracy Project
The Disagreeable Conservative Curmudgeon
Down to the Piraeus
Drink this...
Earthly Passions
The Education Wonks
the evangelical outpost
Eye of the Storm
The Flying Space Monkey Chronicles
The Friendly Ghost
Functional, if not decorative
The Galvin Opinion
The Glittering Eye
Haight Speech
The Hedgehog Report
Heh. Indeed.
Hennessy's View
High Desert Skeptic
Robert Holcomb
I love Jet Noise
Idlewild South
Independent Thinker
Insults Unpunished
Internet Ronin
Ipse Dixit
It Can't Rain All The Time...
The Jay Blog
Jen Speaks
Joefish's Freshwater Blog
John Lemon blog
Judicious Asininity
Just On The Other Side
The Kudzu Files
Let's Try Freedom
Liberty Father
Life and Law
Locke, or Demosthenes?
Gary Manca
Mark the Pundit
Mediocre but Unexciting
Mental Hiccups
Miller's Time
Mind of Mog
Minorities For Bush
Mr. Hawaii
The Moderate Voice
The Modulator
Much Ado
Mungowitz End
My opinion counts
my thoughts, without the penny charge
My Word
Neophyte Pundit
New England Republican
NewsHawk Daily
neWs Round-Up
No Pundit Intended
Nobody asked me, but...
Obsidian Wings
Occam's Toothbrush
On the Fritz
On the Third Hand
One Fine Jay
Out of Context
Outside the Beltway
Peppermint Patty
John Pierce
The Politicker
The Politburo Diktat
Political Annotation
Political Blog For The Politically Incorrect
Power Politics
Practical Penumbra
Priorities & Frivolities
Prof. Blogger's Pontifications
Pundit Heads
The Queen of All Evil
Quotes, Thoughts, and other Ramblings
Ramblings' Journal
Random Acts of Kindness
Random Nuclear Strikes
Ranting Rationalist
Read My Lips
Reagan Country
A Republican's Blog
The Review
Right Side of the Rainbow
Right Wingin-It
Right Wing News
Right Voices
Rightward Reasonings
riting on the wall
Rooftop Report
The Sake of Argument
Secular Sermons
Sha Ka Ree
Shaking Spears
She Who Will Be Obeyed!
The Skeptician
The Skewed
small dead animals
Sneakeasy's Joint
SoCal Law Blog
A Solo Dialogue
Some Great Reward
Southern Musings
Speed of Thought...
Spin Killer
Matthew J. Stinson
The Strange Political Road Trip of Jane Q. Public
Stuff about
Target Centermass
Templar Pundit
The Temporal Globe
Tex the Pontificator
Texas Native
think about it...
Tobacco Road Fogey
Tony Talks Tech
The Trimblog
Use The Forks!!
Wall of Sleep
Weapons of Mass Discussion
Who Knew?
The Window Manager
Winning Again!
WizBang Tech
The World Around You
The Yin Blog
You Big Mouth, You!
Non-Blogs Linking to PoliBlog: - Alabama Weblogs

AJC's 2004 Election Politics Sites and Blogs Campaign Finance
Welcome to World O' Blogs
Yahoo! Directory Political Weblogs
Young Elephant
Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Immunity Bill Before Alabama Legislature

By Steven Taylor @ 8:02 am

Of course, to put the Holmes/ASU story into some context, is this piece: Immunity bill goes to House. Like most states, in Alabama

State law provides lawmakers with immunity from an arrest in all cases except treason, felony, violation of their oath of office and breach of the peace when the Legislature is in session.

Well, I say most states, I know that that was the case in Texas and I have seen similar provisions elsewhere.

However, this may change in Alabama:

If an Alabama legislator fails to pay child support or gets stopped by police for drunken driving, he or she should be treated just like any other state resident, according to lawmakers pushing a bill to revamp immunity provisions in the state constitution that protect legislators.

A bill to change the law was approved Wednesday by a House committee.


One exception in Love’s bill states that a legislator could not be held liable for anything he or she says while speaking on the House or Senate floor.

The Holmes connection? He is essentially the inspiration for the bill:

Holmes was stopped Feb. 4, shortly before midnight when an off-duty county deputy spotted him weaving in and out of his lane on I-65 South near the Fairview Avenue exit.

The deputy, Gil Robinson, reported that he used his patrol lights to pull Holmes to the side of the road. He said that when he approached Holmes, he noticed that the representative’s speech was slurred and that there was smell of alcohol on his breath.

Holmes said he was having car trouble and was not drunk.

The representative was not arrested that night, and Montgomery County Sheriff D.T. Marshall said Holmes did not receive a ticket because of the state’s immunity law.

Holmes has since claimed he was the victim of racial profiling that night. He also claims that current attempts to change state law regarding legislative immunity are a racist stab at him.

“They are doing this strictly because of racism,” Holmes said. “The legislative immunity bill has been on the law since 1901. It is now 2004, and white folks hadn’t said nothing about it until a black man used it.”

Love, along with Rep. Jack Venable, D-Tallassee, spoke before the committee Wednesday and urged passage of the bills.

Venable said the he didn’t want “any of our law enforcement” to be under the impression that they couldn’t issue a ticket or arrest a legislator who is breaking the law.

Love said no legislator should be immune from arrest or receiving a ticket.

No joke.

Holmes says he will support the bill, with some changes:

Holmes said he would vote for Love’s bill when it comes before the full House, but there would have to be a compromise
althought it is unclear to me what that compromise would be
“I would be for repealing legislative immunity for lawmakers if they repeal discretionary immunity for law enforcement people,” Holmes said. “As of now, law enforcement don’t have to have any proof of anything. They can just walk up to you and say, ‘It appears that he is on some drugs.’”

I suppose that that is technically true of law enforcement vis-a-vis any citizen. There is, of course, that whole thing about proof being needed for a conviction and all that…

Filed under: Alabama Politics

Click here to go to the main page.

1 Comment»

  1. Isn’t Vitamin C supposed to boost immunity?

    Comment by John Lemon — Tuesday, March 9, 2004 @ 1:54 pm

RSS feed for these comments.

Leave a comment

Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>



Take a Look At This!
  • Tabloid News
  • Word of The Day
  • Chronograph Watches
  • Office Shredders
  • Cash Registers
  • Ricoh Fax Machines
  • IBM Typewriters
  • Copy Machines
  • UNIX Consulting
  • Web Design

Visitors Since 2/15/03

Powered by WordPress