Troy King Does It Again
Alabama Attorney General Troy King asked Roy Johnson last year to provide money to a victims’ advocacy group while his office was investigating the state’s two-year college system, headed by Johnson as chancellor.
Miriam Shehane, executive director of Victims of Crime and Leniency, said King accompanied her to a meeting with Johnson to ask the two-year college system to provide grant money for VOCAL.
The meeting, in March 2006, came months after the attorney general’s office and federal prosecutors began investigating the two-year college system. A spokesman for King said the request was not improper because King was not asking for anything for himself.
Really? He’s comletely disinterested in VOCAL? He could not care less whether or not the group received the grant?
Than why did he bother with the request in the first place? Perhaps this statement by King’s spokesman Chris Bence might explain it:
Bence said King was happy to help Shehane because VOCAL had lost some critical funding and it was going to be a crippling [loss].
“Victims are one of his priorities, if not his top priority,” Bence said.
This is not hard: The AG cannot ask for favors from people whom his office is investigating. It reeks of bribery, extortion and just plain ‘ol corruption. Why Troy King can’t understand that is beyond me.