Judge King withdraws from battle over JeffCo budget cuts


Associated Press

BESSEMER, Ala. – Circuit Court Judge Dan King has withdrawn from the budget fight between Jefferson County and Sheriff Mike Hale over the sheriff’s budget. The Jefferson County Commission voted to cut the sheriff’s budget as part of an across-the-board countywide budget cuts. King recused himself yesterday, saying he has a conflict due to his county supplement.

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Sheriff Mike Hale, Birmingham News story, March 19, 2009

Sheriff Mike Hale, Birmingham News story, March 19, 2009

AWRN blog readers may remember the Bloomberg article posted last week, wherein Sheriff Hale said the budget cuts would cause “immediate and irreparable harm” to operations at the county jail, citing his decreased ability to clothe and feed the prisoners properly as one impact the budget cuts will have.

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