ALABAMA: Anti-Gay Former Republican State House Leader Pleads Guilty To Mail Fraud, Faces 20 Years

AL.com reports:

State Rep. Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, pleaded guilty to devising a scheme to commit mail fraud, U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin in Montgomery announced today. Hammon used campaign money to pay his personal expenses, Franklin said.

Hammon has represented the 4th district in the Alabama House since 2002. He served as majority leader in the House from the time Republicans took control of the chamber in 2010 until resigning from that post in February. Hammon faces a maximum sentence of 20 years. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson will sentence Hammon in the coming months.

From a 2015 Decatur Daily report after a federal court struck down Alabama’s ban on same-sex marriage:

Leadership in the Alabama Statehouse doesn’t appear ready to concede the fight about gay marriage. “While the appeals process on the gay marriage ruling is ongoing, we will be looking at possible legislative remedies that will ensure Alabama’s Christian conservative values remain intact,” Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, said Monday.

House Majority Leader Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, said it’s too early to talk specifics, but lawmakers are researching what, if anything, can be done to keep marriage between a man and woman. “We definitely don’t want liberal judges to tell us how to conduct marriages in the state of Alabama,” Hammon said. “If there is anything we can do, we will be doing it.”

If the U.S. Supreme Court this year legalizes gay marriage nationwide, Hammon said, Alabama won’t be the only state looking for options. “I think everyone will be looking for additional legislation,” he said. “And we don’t know what that will be until we get the Supreme Court ruling.”

  • bkmn

    A rare species indeed – a Republican that admits breaking the law and also gets punished for it.

    • Ninja0980

      Indeed.
      Had to pinch myself to make sure it was a real article and not from the Onion.

    • Tatonka

      They must have had him dead to rights. He’s not facing a 20-year sentence just because he felt the need to atone.

    • clay

      Fededral vs. State prosecution is how I’m taking that difference.

      • Tatonka

        Maybe, but under a federal conviction he won’t be legible for parole until he’s served 85% of his sentence. Bye Felicia.

        • Shy Guy

          Unless Trump pardons him.

          • Fermin Torres

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            That is what he Republicans do best, nothing more!.

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  • clay

    “Hammon used campaign money to pay his personal expenses, Franklin said.”

    Oh, yes, donors should pay me just to exist, as well. /s
    Asshole.

    • Todd20036

      At least the only ones cheated were gullible idiots who deserved it.

      • clay

        (and a few corrupt idiots who also deserved it.)

    • Steverino

      Gee, sounds like televangelists.

      • Uncle Mark

        Don’t Alabama Republicans and televangelists both claim to be doing gawd’s work, and always wanting money to make it happen? It must be why they don’t see or understand the separation of church & state down there.

      • clay

        At least televangelists have to make pretty words come out their mouths (or horribly, horribly ugly ones).

  • Tawdry D’Tails

    “But what about his snail mail” must have been his undoing…

  • Bert_Bauer

    And if he ran again, he would probably win in a landslide. Fuck Alabama.

  • Tatonka

    He looks like he was doing some hard drinking the night before that picture was taken.

    • clay

      or face-down on a gravel road.

      or both, hard-drinking AND face-down on a gravel road.

      • Uncle Mark

        It’s part of his beauty regimen !! Not EVERYONE can wake up in the morning looking like you; some of us wake up to the sounds of our own blood-curdling screams in the mirror

        • clay

          You say that (silver-tongued devil), but I’m glad to often be blind in the early morning.

  • JWC

    What can a mother say? Its Alabama. Its one of the most corrupt states in the Union. Its not surprising He is right there with Moore, Strange Jeffy Noregard and all the rest

    • Adam King

      What the fuck is wrong with Ala fucking bama? How much stupidity and evil can you pack into one miserable little shithole of a state?

      • bkmn

        Decades of under-funding public education and Jeebus

        • Michael White

          your are so kind, I was thinking inbred.

        • boatboy_srq

          Underfunded Jeebus sounds like a good thing IYAM.

      • Tawreos

        They will be more than happy to show you how much they can fit in and will probably find a few more places they can cram it into.

      • netxtown

        It’ll stretch a mile before it tears an inch. So – they can pack more than a shitload in a shithole.

      • JWC

        Iits the epitome of a well guarded good ole boys club. Each has the others back as they plot and conspire for a common ground

      • Furface

        Perhaps The Master attached the chameleon circuit from his tardis to the state in an attempt to corner the market on stupidity and evil to further his nefarious plans since he’s obviously a time traveling Republican. Will The Doctor be able to thwart him, and will Capt. Jack make an appearance?

  • JoeMyGod

    Hammon resigned his leadership role but did not resign from the state House. He’s still an active state rep.

  • Tawreos

    All they will remember is that he promised to keep gay marriage out while using their money to pay his cable bill lol

    • Tatonka

      Probably binge watching “Oz.”

      • Uncle Mark

        Praise the Loot & HBO

      • Treant

        Why not? I hit the slo mo every time Chris Meloni removed any clothing.

        • Robincho

          Yay! 1 mo’ ho’ ‘mo fo’ slo mo!…

  • Friday’s_cat

    Sure it wasn’t Male Fraud?

    • Uncle Mark

      Well, I’m sure he was earnestly licking something that WASN’T a stamp

      • WitlessProtection

        That is just almost too disgusting to even think about…

      • Tomcat

        And will be soon enough.

    • clay

      “Brother Boy” Earl Ingram: “I can’t imagine a woman letting herself go out the house looking like thaaat.”

  • Galvestonian

    Is it just me or does it seem that there is a preponderance of Republicans that are either dishonest, crooked, liars, bigots, anti-gay but gay themselves, power hungry and money grubbing con men ( and women ) ?

    • olandp

      As they say, “it is a feature, not a bug.”

    • The_Wretched

      Republican policies hurt people. Most leaders sort that out pretty fast. Soooo the Republican donor class selects and promotes tools. People who are either too stupid to understand what their legislation does or too mean to care. Were they to select more or less normal conservatives, they couldn’t and wouldn’t have the utterly destructive legislation we’re seeing (ALEC bills at the State level).

      Part of why the oligarch (R, donor class) is so cheesed off over health care’s demise not passing is that they think they own the Senators and their tools are supposed to give over whatever they are commanded to give. Not delivering is breaking the tool-owner compact.

    • stuckinthewoods

      Well, here in Virginia a man who was the treasurer of a Democratic state senator’s election campaign was indicted yesterday for embezzling $653K from that campaign. Along with his wife, they’re charged for a total of $1.4M.
      http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/articles/fairfax-attorney-charged-with-embezzling-in-campaign-funds-from-virginia/article_5883e9e8-a22f-11e7-8059-730d9d2d78f2.html

  • JTC

    My state sure knows how to pick ’em. I’m pretty sure being arrested and/or sent to prison is a requisite for politicians here.

    • mikeinftl

      And/or Illinois where I grew up.

      • Hank

        Only when they become Governors in IL!

  • Bluto
  • Tulle Christensen

    The guy is an incompetent Republican, the right way to steal your campaign money is to donate it to a charity you control and have the charity contract out services to companies you own, and pay you large sums of money to run the charity

    this guy had no future in the Republican party

  • Treant

    Wait a second, Al Abama actually prosecuted one of the Sharia leaders? He must have pissed off his betters or not bribed them enough.

    • Ken M

      Maybe he spoke louder against same sex marriage than he did in favor of the 10 commandments.

      • grada3784

        If that were the case, they’d be building a monument to him.

  • Ken M

    Plead guilty, resigned, faces up to 20 years in prison, will be sentenced in the coming months. OK that all sounds good, but I have a question. Is he now, or has he been incarcerated during any of this time? Will all that obviously against him, shouldn’t he be in jail awaiting sentencing?

    • Tulle Christensen

      Usually for non-violent crimes you are allowed to continue your bail while awaiting sentencing

  • Jack Murray
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  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Breaking: Dumpf to finally visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday.
    Puerto Rico: C u next Tuesday!

    • bkmn

      I hope they feed him shit

      • Tomcat

        I hope his plane crashes on the island. No hope for being saved.

        • Hank

          Such a terrible thing to say. I was just thinking it! lol

        • boatboy_srq

          AF1 crashing on PR would only add to the misery there and leave the US – PR included – with pResident Pence, which is not an improvement.

      • boatboy_srq

        Locally-sourced (spoiled) food and (tainted) water should be sufficient to make thr point – or induce food poisoning.

    • Daveed_WOW
  • Tomcat

    My thoughts and prayers, ha ha ha ha ha. Say hello to Bubba for us.

  • David
  • mikeinftl

    Lock him up!

  • David
  • Uncle Mark

    OMG…..Is this Steve. Bannon’s long lost brother?!! He should have stayed lost.

  • KnownDonorDad
  • Ninja0980

    Want to bet he’ll say Gawd has forgiven him so he shouldn’t have to serve any time at all?

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    OT: Trump-branded Golf Course in Puerto Rico files for Bankruptcy.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2015/07/13/trump-golf-club-in-puerto-rico-files-for-bankruptcy.html

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      And here’s ever-helpful Eric, chiming in.
      >> The club has been in default on its obligations to Trump for months due to the company’s financial constraints and a difficult business climate in Puerto Rico, Eric Trump said.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      This explains his trip to Puerto Rico

      • boatboy_srq

        It certainly explains Lord Dampnut’s complaints about PR’s “massive debt.”

        • Johnny Wyeknot

          Haha! That too!

    • This is very old news. From 2015.

  • Ken M
  • Jeff Breeze

    No offense to Alabama, but between this idiot and Roy Moore, can we make an argument for moving the cradle of idiocy to Alabama? I mean is there something in the water that produces this deformation in the brains of what should be rational people? I know there are plenty of intelligent people in Alabama, but they seem to be the exception rather than the norm.

    • jmax

      Moving it from where? Because I’m guessing Mississippi will have something to say about this.

      • AdamTh

        … and Arkansas. Tennessee

        • jmax

          Oklahoma gets my vote. Fuck, I can’t criticize anyone – I live in Kansas.

          • grada3784

            I’m with you. I’m in New Jersey. Look who we elected Governor.

  • bambinoitaliano

    O/T Chris Weaver, a NY drag queen by night audition as himself for The Voice.
    https://youtu.be/mtpHXS1cLpY

    • clay

      a wonderfully masculine version of that song

    • I have no idea how this show works, or what the purpose of this show is, but man can that fella sing!!! Thanks for posting something bright in the middle of the current level of bleak.

  • Ken M
    • netxtown

      how mighty white of him. surely he’s going with scepter and crown…

      • Daveed_WOW

        That’s a whiter shade of shade.

      • boatboy_srq

        don’t you mean toothpick and travel hair?

    • “The difference is this is an island sitting in the middle of an ocean and it’s a big ocean, it’s a very big ocean,” Trump said

      • Ken M

        My eyes rolled at the very big ocean comment too. He probably couldn’t find it on the map, or mistook Cuba. dumbass!

  • rednekokie

    I am shocked! Shocked, I tell you! In Al-Abama this has happened? Whatever happened to Christo-Sharean law?

  • kareemachan

    These repugs sure are moral, ethical, righteous, xtian, and losers.

  • SilasMarner

    He won’t get anything but a slap on the wrist because his political buddies will tell the judge to go easy on him.

  • fuzzybits

    From that photo he better check into rehab on the way to his prison cell.