Alabama Mornings’ ShowPrep for May 17th, 2016…

Are all politicians corrupt?

No.

Here are some other dumb questions jurors heard yesterday…

Do you believe all politicians are corrupt?

Ever send an email that you would hate to be read aloud to strangers?

Do grand juries sometimes indict innocent people?

Those were some of the questions potential jurors for House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s ethics trial heard today.

What started as a group of 95 potential jurors was whittled to 67 by the end of the day.

The court split those remaining into 12 groups and assigned each group a time for more questioning from lawyers on Tuesday.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker indicated that jury selection would extend into Wednesday. The judge said the trial will start on May 24.


Grandfather disciplines kid, people intervene, cops come and arrest the Grandfather?

A grandfather in facing two counts of domestic violence after a customer at an Alabama McDonald’s called 911 after witnessing him “excessively” disciplining his two young grandchildren, police said.

James Chapman, 73, of Scottsboro, Alabama, was with two adopted grandchildren on May 10 when police were called, Lt. Erik Dohring with the Scottsboro Police Departmenttold InsideEdition.com.

Chapman’s attorney said people have the right to appropriately discipline children.

“Mr. Chapman is a grandfather. He’s 73-years-old. He’s never been in any trouble like this before,” Chapman’s attorney Justin Lackey told WAAF.

According to the report, Chapman said police got involved after a man at the restaurant confronted him about the way he was disciplining the children.

Brian Harper has been identified as the man that made the call to police. He told WAFF he couldn’t stand to watch the discipline.

“He grabbed them up by one arm, he had their finger up in their face, and smacking them,” Harper said.

Chapman’s lawyer has a different take.

“If there were more people disciplining their children instead of overreacting to people doing that kind of thing we wouldn’t have near the problems that we have,” Lackey said.

The children were not taken to a hospital for treatment, said Dohring, who said police saw video but would not elaborate on the specifics.

“Multiple eyewitnesses said that this was excessive,” Dohring said. “It was deemed more than appropriate discipline but not enough to be considered child abuse.”

Is this it? The cops arrested him for this?


Who is the head of the GOP?


Why did Congressman Aderholt’s response to Tom Brokaw involve a reference to football?

“I know that Tom Brokaw was just trying to make a joke,” Aderholt wrote on his Facebook page. He posted a photo of the news man with a message underneath related to the Crimson Tide’s athletic prowess:

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Several Alabama fans have taken to Brokaw’s official Facebook page to share their displeasure with this joke, some indicating they won’t purchase a new book he’s written, others posting similar responses to UA, and some simply leaving a Roll Tide.

Isn’t that sorta playing in to Brokaw’s comments…

Keep in mind, Aderholt’s response was exactly what Alabamians wanted it to be.

I would of left the football stuff out.

More

Brokaw prompted a flood of criticism for comments he made during a Saturday morning commencement ceremony at the University of Mississippi. Speaking to the graduates, Brokaw quipped “I’m so relieved to be speaking to a graduating class from Ole Miss. If I were speaking at Alabama, I would have to use smaller words and shorter sentences.”

That didn’t sit well with folks from UA. The Tuscaloosa university sent out the following statement Sunday:

“Thirty-six percent of the freshman class at the University of Alabama has an ACT score of 30 or higher. This places Alabama in the top 5 percent in the country. Our numbers speak for themselves.”


Drugged bus driver?

James George Watwood, 40, of Brownsboro was charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance. He was arrested by Alabama State Troopers.

Watwood was arrested after crashing the 2010 Thomas school bus he was driving at about 7 a.m. Monday. Trooper Curtis Summerville said he left the roadway and hit a mailbox on Dug Hill Road about three miles east of Huntsville.

No one else was on board and no one was injured.

Troopers have not yet said what substance Watwood is accused of being on.


Obviously fake story is fake

A gay pastor from Texas who sued Whole Foods for allegedly writing “Love Wins F*g” on a cake has withdrawn his lawsuit and apologized to the retailer.

Texas resident Jordan Brown said Whole Foods “did nothing wrong” and he is sorry “for diverting attention from real issues” facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

“I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story,” he said on The New York Times website.

Whole Foods staunchly denied any wrongdoing in April and said it planned to countersue Brown and his attorney for fraudulent accusations.

In a statement Monday, the Austin-based grocer said it is pleased “the truth has come to light.”

“Given Mr. Brown’s apology and public admission that his story was a complete fabrication, we see no reason to move forward with our counter suit to defend the integrity of our brand and team members,” Whole Foods said.

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