Government’s Appeal of Federal Drug Charge Dismissed On Bradford Ladner’s Motion A motion to dismiss filed by William K. Bradford ended a Federal drug charge appeal by the Government, and led to the dismissal of all drug charges against the client.  The client’s trial counsel had successfully argued a motion to suppress the evidence found […]

Federal Gun Case Reversed On Appeal

11th Circuit Sends Federal Gun Case Back For New Trial Based On Prosecutor’s Improper Comments A recent unpublished opinion from the United States Circuit Court for the Eleventh Circuit regarding  a federal gun case shows that the 5th Amendment and its protections must be taken seriously.   The defendant was facing a 10 year sentence […]

Bradford Wins Reversal Of Client’s Probation Revocation

Probation Revocation Reversed On Appeal In a decision released in February 2015, the Court of Criminal Appeals reversed a trial court’s decision to revoke our client’s probation.  The client was on probation following serving the incarceration period of a split sentence.  He was accused of picking up a new criminal offense, possession of marijuana.  The […]

Supreme Court Certiorari Dissent Critical Of Alabama Death Penalty

Alabama Death Penalty Judicial Override Examined By Supreme Court Justice Justice Sonia Sotomayor authored a highly critical dissent concerning the Alabama Death Penalty Judicial Override on November 18, 2013 in the case of Mario Dion Woodward v. Alabama.  The United States Supreme Court as a whole declined to review Woodward’s conviction and death sentence.  However, […]

Student Search at School Struck Down – Alabama Appellate Law

Alabama Supreme Court Strikes Down Student Search at School The Alabama Supreme Court struck down a student search by the principal of his school in the recent Alabama appellate decision of State v. G.M., ___ So.3d ___, 2013 WL 4873080 September 13, 2013.    In this case, a student had been stopped by the assistance […]

State Must Prove Enhancement In Alabama Criminal Sentence

Increase in Alabama Criminal Sentence Must Meet Apprendi Standard The Alabama Supreme Court holds that any increase in an Alabama criminal sentence that produces a higher sentence is an element that must be proven by the State in a criminal case. Defendant was convicted of trafficking in cocaine, and was sentenced to a 15 year […]

Arming Yourself Is Not Menacing Under Alabama Criminal Code

The Alabama Supreme Court Holds That Arming Yourself Is Not Menacing Under Alabama Criminal Code The Alabama Supreme Court has released an appellate decision holding, as a matter of first impression, that arming oneself with a gun, without more, is not sufficient to constitute the crime of menacing as defined in the Alabama Criminal Code. […]

Alabama Rape Case Appeal Affirmed

Although Hearsay Evidence was Inadmissible, Court Finds it was Merely Cumulative, and Affirms in Alabama Rape Case Appeal In Surratt v. State, an Alabama rape case appeal decision released 2/15/13, the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals held that Allowing hearsay testimony from an absence witness regarding the victims report to the witness of an alleged […]


Amber Ladner Wins Burglary Appeal – Alabama burglary charge reversed on appeal by Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals Amber Ladner of Bradford Ladner LLP. succeeded in getting our client’s Alabama burglary conviction reversed on appeal at the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.  The client was charged with burglary in connection with an vacant house.  The […]