Alice Martin

For Alabama Attorney General

INSIDE THE STATEHOUSE: Is this the year of the woman in Alabama politics?

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This first appeared in tuscaloosanews.com.

By Steve Flowers

This year may very well be the year of the woman in Alabama politics. In the state’s 200-year history, only one woman has been elected governor. Lurleen Wallace won in 1966. She is one of only two women who have served as governor, the other being our current governor, Kay Ivey. It may be a historic year.

Sue Bell Cobb, the former Alabama Chief Justice, and the first woman to hold that position, hopes to be the Democratic standard-bearer. She was elected chief justice in 2006, in a very expensive, high-profile battle with Republican Drayton Nabors. She had been a district court judge in her native Conecuh County for a long time before running statewide. She was elected to a six-year term in 2006, but quit after four years, inexplicably.

Cobb, 61, is predicting that it will be an all-female gubernatorial showdown. She believes that she will be the Democratic nominee and that Ivey will carry the Republican banner into battle. “That’s never happened and my prediction is that is what it will exactly be,” she says.
First things first, however. Cobb has to win the Democratic primary and she is not the favorite. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox is the early favorite to win the Democratic nomination.

Most political insiders suggest that Maddox is expected to get the overwhelming support of African-American voters. The black vote makes up the majority of Democratic primary voters in the state. This is no longer a monolithic vote, although it tends to gravitate to one candidate in a primary. The few white voters who participate in the Democratic primary are young and they can more readily identify with Maddox, who is 45.

In addition, there is some disillusionment among Democratic voters that Cobb quit her term midway as chief justice and allowed Republican Gov. Robert Bentley to appoint a replacement. He, of course, appointed a Republican. She was the only Democrat on the Supreme Court. Roy Moore won the seat of chief justice in 2012.

Other Democratic partisans were dismayed that Cobb said she supported Donald Trump’s selection of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. It may be perceived that her day has passed.

Ivey’s day appeared to have passed when out of the blue Bentley resigned and she was plucked from the obscurity of the lieutenant governor’s office and thrust into the governorship. She seems like a grandmother who sticks to her knitting and steadies the ship of state, which has gone through stormy waters the past four years. Now she is in the catbird’s seat and may indeed make it to the dance as the Republican nominee in November.

She is favored to win the GOP primary, although she created a couple of stumbling blocks during the special Senate election last year that may thwart her bid. Some GOP establishment stalwarts say that her changing the Senate election from 2018 to 2017 threw Luther Strange, their candidate, under the bus and gave the nomination to Roy Moore, which led to losing the U.S. Senate seat to a Democrat. That move also cost the state’s beleaguered General Fund $10 to $15 million. Some suburban women also became disenchanted with her with she said she had no reason to not believe the women who accused Roy Moore of assaulting them as teenagers, yet she was still going to vote for him because he was a Republican. These are only political stumbling blocks, however, not roadblocks.

What I see as a possibility is not an all-female race for governor, but a possible triumvirate of females being sworn into the top three constitutional offices next January. You could see Ivey sworn as governor, Twinkle Cavanaugh as lieutenant governor and Alice Martin as attorney general. All three are Republicans and all are favored, with Troy King a co-favorite for AG. The Republican nominee goes into the general election with a 60/40 probability of winning.

Right now, I would bet that Alabama would at least have a governor and lieutenant governor who are women. That may be the story of the year in Alabama politics.

Alabama Legislative Watchdogs Endorse Alice Martin for Attorney General

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(Montgomery, AL) — Alice Martin, candidate for Alabama Attorney General announced today that the Alabama Legislative Watchdogs, a Rainy Day Patriots Team, has endorsed her for Alabama Attorney General.

“Alice Martin is the best candidate for Alabama’s Attorney General,” said Ann Eubank, Chair of Alabama Legislative Watchdogs. “She has a proven track record of prosecuting corrupt public officials, and will not hesitate to take on even the most powerful politicians to clean up the “Alabama Swamp”. Alice will also stand for the people of Alabama against the takeover by the federal government and will not hesitate to sue for our Tenth Amendment rights.”

“As the Alabama Legislature continues into its second week of sessions, I am excited and honored to receive the endorsement of the Alabama Legislative Watchdogs,” said Martin. “Groups of concerned patriots like the Watchdogs are so important in ensuring that our government keeps its nose clean and works solely on behalf of the people. We need to clean up our state government with the help of groups like the Watchdogs, and I’m going to do exactly that as Attorney General.”

The Alabama Legislative Watchdogs is a Rainy Day Patriots Team that monitors the Alabama State Legislature during each of their sessions. They refer to themselves as, “Alabamians’ eyes and ears of our State Legislature.”

“Stopping corruption has to be the top priority of our Attorney General. The people of this state deserve a government that maintains the highest ethical standards, and it’s time to finally put our foot down,” said Martin. “It’s time to elect a leader who will clean up the corruption, end the insider backroom deals, and apply the law fairly. Not only do I promise to accomplish this, but I have the record to prove that I will get it done.”

Alice Martin previously served as Chief Deputy Attorney General, responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Office of the Attorney General from 2015 to 2017. Under her leadership, legal resources of the public corruption unit were tripled and former Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard was convicted. Martin also previously served as a federal prosecutor for President Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and as United States Attorney for President George W. Bush responsible for 31 counties of north Alabama. Seeing no effort to combat corruption in government, Martin established the North Alabama Corruption Task Force which obtained 140 federal corruption convictions and earned her a spot in Corporate Fraud Report’s list of the top ten prosecutors in the country. Martin previously prosecuted extensively in the area of federal firearms, narcotics, and white collar crimes.

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Alice Martin is the former United States Attorney for Northern Alabama (2001-2009) and former Chief Deputy Attorney General for Alabama (2015-2017). She is running for Alabama Attorney General. alice@alicemartin.com

Martin Campaign Announces Plan to Create Military and Veterans Action Council

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(Montgomery, AL) — Alice Martin, candidate for Alabama Attorney General today announced her plans to form a Military and Veterans Action Council when she is elected, with the aim of increasing education and legal assistance to the Alabama military and veterans’ community through the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of Attorney General.

“As the proud daughter of a WWII veteran, I was pleased to see the legislature recognize our servicemen and women on Veterans Day in Montgomery. As our nation’s warriors, these individuals sacrifice so much so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we all too often take for granted,” said Martin. “They deserve to have the best treatment possible after returning home, and as Attorney General, I pledge to fight for them until they receive the treatment they have earned. The creation of a Military and Veterans Action Council (MVAC) is the first step of many to accomplishing this.”

The Martin campaign has held a series of meetings with military and veteran stakeholders to discuss the unique needs of those who have served and are returning from service to better understand what assistance is needed in the areas of veterans’ courts, medical care, housing, employment, education, and consumer-related issues. The Office of the Attorney General’s formation of the MVAC would foster direct communication and education between the legal community and Alabama service providers.

“As Attorney General, I will fight tooth and nail to shut down the fraudsters that target our veterans, just like I have combated corruption and crime over my entire career,” said Martin. “The MVAC is going to better equip us to fight against those perpetrating discrimination and fraud on what should be viewed as the pride of Alabama—our veterans and active servicemembers.”

Alabama has more than 29,000 active duty and reserve military members, and over 10 percent of the entire state population is made up of veterans who have fought for the U.S. Currently, the Attorney General’s website has no legal resources available to veterans or active servicemembers and their families in the areas of housing, employment, consumer-protections, and many other aspects of the law. There is also no single point of contact with the purpose of filing consumer-related complaints. With the creation of the MVAC, these issues and many others will be corrected, providing streamlined and more effective services to Alabama’s veterans.

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Alice Martin is the former United States Attorney for Northern Alabama (2001-2009) and former Chief Deputy Attorney General for Alabama (2015-2017). She is running for Alabama Attorney General. alice@alicemartin.com

Paws for Frosty

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After hearing countless versions of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” during this Christmas season, I couldn’t help but think of the poor four-footed friends left out in the cold. As a rule, if you feel chilly, so does your pet. Most dogs and cats cannot tolerate lower than 45 degrees for an extended period. Pets left outside can experience hypothermia, frostbite and even death, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

While Huskies may happily linger in the snow and ice, a Jack Russell may shiver at 50 degrees, Indoor pets miss the signal to grow thick winter hair and may appreciate a warm sweater for that outdoor walk. Short hair and short legs both result in a cold dog. Small breeds with tummies close to the snow can rapidly turn from Toto dogs into Terrier-cicles.

Feral cats may rebuff your offer of garage space, but will still seek out warm places, like your car engine. To prevent a tragedy, a couple of raps on the hood before you open the door should scare the cat into deserting the engine. Leaving your dog in the car on a cold day can be as deadly as a hot day as the cold can get trapped inside, creating a refrigerator effect.

Be sure to clean your cat’s or dog’s paws and bellies when you come in from playing in the snow. Rock salt can cling to hair and toes. When pets lick these irritants off, they can harm the throat and stomach, sometimes requiring emergency veterinary treatment.

If you are putting on a jacket, your dog or cat needs extra treats and food. Cold weather burns more calories and a little extra bacon or tuna can make life more comfortable for furry family members.
Watch for the signs of hypothermia: if your pet is whining, shivering, appears anxious or weak, slows down or stops moving, or starts looking for warm places to burrow, take action to get them inside and slowly warmed up, advises AMVA.. Frostbite may not show up for days, after it is too late to treat. Seek immediate veterinary care.

It is a hard-cold reality that warmer temperatures are around the corner in Alabama. In our state, heat causes more doggie deaths than cold.

Many of the adorable puppies received this Christmas, and from Christmases long ago, will be placed in cars for trips around town with their owners during our warmer months. It is hard to look at surrounding lanes of traffic and not see a dog “driving”, in the driver’s lap, or hanging out the window in Alabama. I know because our lab, Sue, loves to ride to the farm in the back of the Suburban, but if we aren’t in the car neither is she, unless the rear doors are open.

We know our pets love the adventure and are happy to be along for the ride or ride shotgun, but let’s not fool ourselves into thinking they want to go to the mall or grocery store and sit in the car waiting on us! Nope, they’d rather be safe at home taking a nap or doing their thing. I mean, who hasn’t had a quick 5-minute trip in the grocery store turn into 20 minutes? All the while that backseat ‘bed’ can become an oven very quickly with no windows down – or with a window “cracked.” Studies show the temperature can rise 30 degrees in only 20 minutes. Heatkills.org reports that “at 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees.” The joyride is over, and a heat stroke can occur or death.

AMVA reports that hundreds of dogs die every year from heat exhaustion. YouTube videos show how quickly temperatures rise in a car. And, it doesn’t just happen in summer – spring is around the corner and our pleasant 70s temperatures can become deadly hot in a parked car.

It is time for Alabama’s lawmakers to join 27 other states and pass protections for our fur family members that will protect our pets and those Good Samaritans who would rescue a pet from a hot car. When they return to Montgomery in 2 weeks, for a predicted short legislative session, I urge them to pass Pet-in-Hot Car Bill, HR 524, which did not pass in 2017. That law would provide good Samaritan civil immunity from personal or property injury claims if a window is broken to protect a pet in dangerous conditions. This is one step forward to help Alabama out of the bottom tier of states with much needed animal cruelty laws.

Remember, your dog cannot sweat and he’s wearing a fur coat. Paws and think about ‘is it really a good idea for Molly or Max’ to go on this ride? Call your local legislators and express your support, or leave a comment with your pet’s names and your county and I’ll be sure to forward it.

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Alice Martin is the former United States Attorney for Northern Alabama (2001-2009) and former Chief Deputy Attorney General for Alabama (2015-2017). She is running for Alabama Attorney General. alice@alicemartin.com

Upcoming 2018 election candidates speak at Madison County Republican Men’s breakfast

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WHNT 19 News
By Caitlan Dallas | Sunday, December 17, 2017

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. — Saturday morning the Madison County Republican Men’s Club held their 396th consecutive monthly meeting. Speakers included former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin, and current Agriculture and Industries Commissioner John Mcmillan.

Commissioner Mcmillan said he was eyeing a run for governor, but has decided against it. However, for whoever does run he says, “I want to see a governor that will provide some leadership and move us away from the status quo, and address some of the real issues that need to be addressed in this state,” he said.

Mcmillan announced Saturday that he would instead be running for Alabama State Treasurer in 2018.

“Montgomery needs a good house cleaning in some cases, not in every instance. And that’s the reason I hope voters in 2018 will pay a lot more attention than I believe we have tended to in the past,” he explained.

Former U.S. Attorney Alice Martin is running for Alabama Attorney General on the Republican ticket. She said she too wants to combat what’s happening in the state’s capital.

“You know ethics is important, and people are sending enough money to Montgomery. It’s all about is it being managed appropriately,” she said.

With an exhausting election cycle now behind us, Martin said she doesn’t think it will affect the upcoming one right around the corner.

“I don’ think there will be voter fatigue. I think right now there’s just fatigue, and people are ready to start the holiday season. But no people that are interested in good government and elected officials, they know they have to gear right back up,” she explained.

The Republican Primary Election for Alabama’s Attorney General will be held on June 5th, 2018. You can vote for treasurer in the November 2018 election.

AG candidate Alice Martin visits Scottsboro

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AG candidate Alice Martin visits Scottsboro
By Will Whaley | Friday, December 15, 2017

 

Republican Attorney General (AG) candidate Alice Martin visited Scottsboro this week to talk about the upcoming primary election on June 5, 2018.

Martin is the first female U.S. Attorney in the northern district of Alabama, and is prominent for prosecuting a series of public corruption cases including former Birmingham Mayor, Larry Langford and multiple county commissioners and legislators.

She was instrumental in forming the North Alabama Corruption Task Force that saw over 140 federal cases.

“When I went into the U.S. Attorney’s office I noticed that we did not have a lot of statistics of public corruption work being done,” said Martin. “I came from a U.S. Attorney’s office back in the 80s in Memphis that had done a lot of corruption work.”

Martin began working with former AG, Bill Pryor on forming the task force.

“He (Pryor) had his investigators and I added the FBI and IRS because there is always money involved, and the result of that was 140 convictions from 2001 to 2009,” said Martin. “We were consistently ranked in the top five districts and a couple of years ranked No. 2 to New Jersey in corruption prosecution. It was something we were uniquely positioned to do, and I helped tum the light on for that.”

Martin was the Deputy Attorney General from 2012 to 2015 and Chief Deputy Attorney General from 2015 to 201 7, and was responsible for overall operations and legal work of the Office of Attorney General until resigning to run for the AG office. Under her leadership, resources were doubled in the public corruption unit. This was done during the conviction of former Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard, and she led the grand jury investigation in former Gov. Robert Bentley.

“That was why I came back into public service,” she said. “I left in 2009, and was the first U.S. Attorney to be replaced by Obama. I think it was because of the aggressive approach I was taking to public corruption. I wanted to be part of Hubbard’s indictment and lead the investigation into Bentley until the change in Attorney Generals.”

Martin said her experience as the Chief Deputy Attorney General has given her a “unique perspective.”

“I know the day to day operations,” she said. “I ran the office. I would further build the public corruption unit and add to the resources for it, and have an aggressive consumer fraud consumer fraud unit as well.”

Martin said she would also like to see the Attorney General’s office do more policy work, particularly in domestic violence and the opioid epidemic.

“Domestic violence is the number one reason for arrests in Alabama,” she said. “I think back to a time where drunk driving where people knew you shouldn’t do it, but people still did it. Mothers Against Drunk Driving really shed a light on it, and made it something that you did not want to get caught doing.”

Martin said this approach should be taken to domestic violence, as well.

“I don’t think we have people looking at domestic violence with as much of a negative view as we need to,” she said. “I have a unique perspective as a defense attorney for people charged, also a prosecutor and as a judge. What I see is what the incredible harm to families it does. It is not just about a slap or kick; it is about the child who witnessed it. It does a tremendous amount of harm to families and holds people back I believe.”

Martin also believes that the state of Alabama has an overprescribing problem with opioids.

“We certainly also have an abuse problem,” she said. “To solve this problem, we can’t just prosecute our way out of this. That is not the solution. We have got to prevent through education and let people know how dangerously addictive this is.

“It just changes the chemistry of the brain,” she said. “I have spoken to enough physicians to know that they are not giving warnings to people and that it takes too much time.”

Martin also is an advocate for the Prescription Data Monitoring Program (PDMP) that monitors prescriptions of each patient, and allows doctors and pharmacists to know what an individual is prescribed to from all doctors.

“It is operated by the Alabama Department of Public Health, and every state is required to have one by the government.”

The prescription rates in Alabama are the highest in the nation, according to Martin.

“We are not trying to have anybody in pain, but we have got to deal with the issue.”

Martin also was instrumental in the sex crime bill that was passed this past legislation year in Alabama.

“In policy, I think the Attorney General should be a police leader, and use that office as a megaphone for improving of the laws,” she said. “I advocated the new sex crime bill that passed last year, and that helps us to deal with technology driven sex offenses.”

Martin also was able to get legislation terms making the Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole not able to pardon people to be off the sexual offender list before the minimal time was up.

“Under federal law, the minimum mandatory time for you to be on the sexual offender registry is 15 years,” she said. “You could get five years knocked off if you go through some intense rehabilitation and training, and had someone with a medical degree to s.end information in, but at large most are at a minimum of 15 year, and others could be on it for life. I think that someone had been out of for just two years, and they (the parole board) took him off the register, and he was applying to work in a school system.”

Martin’s appeals put this person back on the offender’s list and reinstated the federal convictions, and put legislation in the passed bill saying that the Alabama Board of Pardons had no authority to do this.

She is also an advocate for “conserving the constitution.”

“The constitution is the foundation of our government’s house, and if it starts to crumble, then we are weak,” she said. “The constitution establishes three branches of government with the judiciary being the weakest branch.”

Martin said the 10th Amendment should allow the individual states to determine the implementation of certain Obama Era Administration regulations including same-sex marriage licenses and bathroom laws.

“The Obama Administration uniquely issued an estimated 14,000 or so new regulations,” she said. “These new mandates or laws on the states did not push through congress, and that is supposed to be our checks and balances.”

Martin said that the Attorney General would be the person to bring litigation to the federal government if it “reached into the state’s territory.”

“That is something I want to bring my Christian conservative values to in order to fight for the citizens,” she said. “I am the most qualified candidate from the standpoint of what I have done,” she said.

“I have had more experience running a sizable office and law firm. I believe my conservative roots are there because of my principals and not because of the power that the party represents in the switch.”

Don’t let the Grinch steal your holiday joy this Christmas!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, yet it’s important that you don’t let the holidays get too stressful, and especially for the elderly members of your family.  It only takes a moment to go from chestnuts roasting on an open fire to the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.   To make sure the Grinch doesn’t steal your comfort and joy this holiday season you need to be constantly aware of people who like to take advantage of you and your family, especially the older members of your family.

In Alabama, the amount exploited in online scams is over 12 million annually and the amount is over 1 billion nationwide.   One of the largest group targeted in financial scams are people 60 and over.  Scammers use a variety of tools to get your money, and you can be scammed from the telephone, in person, through the mail or over the Internet.  The holidays are prime time for telephone and Internet scams because people doing the scams know that more money may be available to the people they target.  If something sounds too good to be true, it normally is. Victims of these scams sometimes don’t even realize they are giving away their vital information, in fact the criminal emails or telephone calls sound so legitimate and emails are designed to look like they come from a branded accounts that it is easy to fall victim.  The scammers have figured out how to dupe the system to dupe you.

Some of the scams you need to watch out for are online shops that offer luxury items at deep discounted prices.  According to the Federal Trade Commission, anyone can set up a store online so you need to make sure that the store also has a physical address before you place that order.  Beware also of pop-up ads that advertise these items because clicking on them will download malware to your computer and the criminals will have access.  In addition, if the seller asks you for a wire transfer, a gift card or prepaid card to pay for the merchandise, it is probably not legitimate and is a scam.  Scammers also are using fake caller id’s to get you to answer the phone, don’t give your personal information, financial information or send money to anyone who calls you out of the blue to ask you for money or to buy something.

If the Grinch does indeed steal your Christmas and even though it may be embarrassing that you’ve fallen for the scam, it is important to take matters into your own hands and do the following:

Call the police and file a police report even if you have been scammed online.  Next you need to call the credit card companies to let them know you’ve been scammed, most companies have programs in place to help you with fraudulent charges.  Call the three credit bureaus to let them know you have been the victim of a scam and they will place a fraud alert on your profile, put a freeze on your credit reports so that the criminals cannot open credit in your name and update your security software on your computer.  Lastly, if the scam is through PayPal or another popular online financial software, change your password immediately and report the crime to the company.

If do fall victim to the Grinch this Christmas, remember it is better to report it than to just let it slide. If you do not report the crime, your financial situation can quickly spiral out of control, and before you know it all of your money will be gone or your credit will be ruined because the scammers stole your identity.

The Attorney General is an advocate in helping victims of financial crimes, and I will work to continue to protect consumers and your financial information from online scammers.

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Alice Martin is the former United States Attorney for Northern Alabama (2001-2009) and former Chief Deputy Attorney General for Alabama (2015-2017).  She is running for Alabama Attorney General.

Contact: Alice Martin
alice@alicemartin.com
(256)710-8190

 

Dare to Defend – Campaign Podcast

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For Immediate Release:

Alice Martin Campaign announces Dare to Defend campaign podcast with host Brett Janich

Montgomery, Ala. — Alice Martin, candidate for Alabama Attorney General, today announces the release of a new campaign podcast ‘Dare to Defend’ with host Brett Janich. Alice Martin is running for Attorney General to end corruption and the status quo in Alabama politics. For too long, politicians have kept voters and constituents in the dark and that’s why Alice Martin is launching a podcast, a first of its kind for a major candidate for a statewide office. The weekly podcast will allow Alabama voters to hear directly from her on the issues that matter to them.

“The new podcast aims to provide voters with an inside look at Alice and her campaign for Attorney General, from now until the primary in June 2018.” said Brett Janich, host of Dare to Defend. “In many ways this is unprecedented because never before has a major candidate for a statewide office provided this level of transparency.”

In the first episode you will get to know Alice Martin and learn her position on Sanctuary Cities. You can listen to the podcast on Soundcloud.com or iTunes.

“I want the citizens to send a strong message to people they elect that they expect accountability from politicians,” said Alice Martin, Candidate for Attorney General. “I also want people to feel like they are engaged in politics, and my new podcast is one way I believe they can stay engaged with my campaign.”

The Scars Left by Date-Rape Drugs

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I have a scar above my lip. It happened on my 25th Wedding Anniversary celebration trip at the beach. Excited, I got ready first and, to get out of the way of five adults and few bathrooms, I stepped across the road to hear some music and sip a cool drink in a glass I didn’t have to wash. I woke up eight hours later, in pain and feeling drugged. Fortunately, my worried husband found me before whoever slipped me a date rape drug had time to inflict his ill-intentions.

When each of my three daughters left for college, I preached early and often about the dangers of “pill slipping” and encouraged them to be careful. Never did I think I would bring back a scar for a souvenir after being slipped a date-rape drug. Today it serves as my daily reminder of the dangers of sexual assault, Alabama survivors’ indelible scars, and the need for a compassionate response for victims and strong accountability for perpetrators.

Our daughters and granddaughters are now returning to college campuses. My prayer is that fun times do not turn into horrible nightmares. I have seen that pain. I have offered a comforting shoulder to girls like Megan Rondini, whom I wish I had met before she took her own life when her rape trauma turned too excruciating to bear. When I worked at Vanderbilt University Hospital’s psychiatric unit as a Registered Nurse before going to law school, I cared for patients on suicide watch. Megan’s case was mishandled and those accountable must bear that scar.

According to the Department of Justice, female college students aged 18-24 are three times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. Women of this same age and who are not enrolled in college are four times more likely.

Half of all sexual assaults on college campuses occur in August, September, October and November. Most involve alcohol. Many involve a combination of alcohol and drugs that are slipped to the victim. Most assaults are never reported. When asked why, over 63% of students in a 2015 study by the Association of American Colleges, believed sexual assault would not be taken seriously by campus authorities. Without supportive services, some victims, like Megan, will turn to self-blame, some to self-medication, and some will try to block it out and live with the pain. Ninety-four percent of these women will experience Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Worse, 33% will contemplate suicide and 13% will attempt suicide. Megan was a beautiful University of Alabama co-ed who reported her assault immediately to authorities, who sought supportive services, and who failed to receive what she needed. Before there are more Megans, let’s come together to prevent violence and when we can’t, to support victims and punish their attackers.

I urge all Alabama universities to review their policies and practices in order to make their campuses safe places for victims to report assaults. Add SANE (sexual assault nurse examiners) to their student health facilities. I urge campus police and off campus law enforcement to carefully investigate and not rush to a ‘he said, she said’ case-closed conclusion.

Talk to your daughters. I know personally it can happen to anyone. Date rape drugs are especially cunning as they render the victim unable to fight back and unable to describe what happened to them. My husband found me wondering incoherently in a parking lot, unable to even recognize my mate of 25 years. Imagine trying to identify a random attacker. With date rape drugs becoming more common, I would like to work for reforms that change the way these cases are handled when the victim is drugged to the point of incapacitation for the purpose of sexual assault.

When I worked as the U.S. Attorney for Northern Alabama, I fought tirelessly to bring justice to people who took advantage of others, whether they were a corrupt elected official or a crazed abortion bomber. From my days as a nurse, it has been my mission to protect, defend and heal hurting people.

It is time to protect our daughters. I have a photo of three beautiful faces and one ugly scar to remind me of how the world can change in a single sip.

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Alice Martin is the former United States Attorney for Northern Alabama (2001-2009) and former Chief Deputy Attorney General for Alabama (2015-2017). She is running for Alabama Attorney General.

Contact: Alice Martin
alice@alicemartin.com
(256)710-8190

 

Alabama Consumers…the Last To Know

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Unless you really are waiting for your Nigerian prince to show up with your $10 million, you probably prefer to keep your personal information out of the hands of criminals. As we have learned over and over again – your momma was right – your best asset is your good name. Nothing can soil your reputation faster than your social security number in the hands of a scammer. And it is hard to retrieve that good name – it can take years.

While national companies like Equifax and Target are required to let you know your number came up in a data breach, local companies in Alabama face no such requirement.

I love to swipe my card at my local grocer, pharmacy and ice cream shop, but how secure is it? In 47 states and the District of Columbia, consumers have a ‘data breach notification act” that gives you a head start to freeze your credit before you’ve bought a new TV and sound system in Hackensack.

Personally, I would really appreciate an email if your business is hacked and my name, social security number, birth date, and credit card number are now in the hands of an identity thief.  Sure, it is inconvenient for the business, but what about the inconvenience of ruined credit, fake accounts in your name, or your equity gone and your house mortgaged out from under you, a popular scam of a few years back.

Your protection has been blocked by Montgomery lobbyists. They have successfully killed a data breach notification bill to protect Alabama business from the ‘onerous’ task of notifying you when they are hacked. Sure, it is hard on everybody.

Listen data breaches happen. Ask Equifax, one of the largest credit monitoring companies.  It had 143 million Americans’ names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases driver’s license numbers taken in May and June.  The company discovered the breach in late July.  They told consumers on September 7th – 40 days later. As a consolation prize, for free, you can re-enter all of your personal information to a new secure site to monitor the possible damage from the last secure site.

Breaches happen because your data turns into dollars on the dark web.  Your identity has value. Just ask anyone who has struggled to restore their personal identity.  And Equifax’s hack is not an isolated incident.  Remember the Target breach in 2013?  It exposed 41 million customer payment accounts. Then Anthem, an insurance company, in 2015 had 80 million social security numbers hacked.  Last year Yahoo lost data impacting 1 billion users’.

Senator Arthur Orr introduced SB106 to create the Alabama Information Protection Act of 2015.  As Chief Deputy Attorney General, I lobbied for this consumer protection. It required certain Alabama businesses to notify you, the consumer, and the Attorney General in the event of a data security breach involving at least 500 individuals. It required businesses that receive your personal information to take “reasonable measures” to protect and secure that data and notification to the AG within 30 days if not sooner.  Business killed the bill that would have given Alabama customers the same protection 47 states, plus the District of Columbia, enjoy.

In 2016, we tried again. Senator Orr introduced SB238 to create the Alabama Information Protection Act of 2016.  To try and address business concerns the number of individuals impacted was increased to 1,000 and 60 days was given to provide notification. It exempted businesses already covered by notification laws like insurance, financial institutions and healthcare. But once again the bill died.

Businesses collect this data to enhance their ability to serve us and to market to us. We provide it to obtain goods or services. Both are vulnerable when so much stock is put on a few numbers that define so much of your life: your health records, your prescriptions, your insurance, your credit cards, the security of your home.

Don’t take chances with the lives of Alabama customers by not letting us know when you lost our identity!  Let’s join the rest of the nation and have data breach notification – a common and commonsense consumer protection for Alabamians. I urge all legislators to support Senator Orr’s bill in 2018, We need you to have the consumers’ back on this important issue.  Otherwise, you might just find that Nigerian prince riding off into the sunset with your savings account.

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