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Dothan, Alabama (Houston County) James Bailey Is a Liar. Is He a Murderer? (District Attorney Doug Valeska leaves while the leaving’s good, and Judge Bradley Mendheim becomes famouser)


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James Bailey Is a Liar. Is He a Murderer?
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Slate

Leon Neyfakh

2/2017
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http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2017/02/will_new_evidence_in_a_dothan_alabama_murder_case_prove_james_bailey_is.html
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A mysterious cache of documents could prove that a man serving a life sentence for homicide was framed by corrupt Alabama authorities—if the documents, and the man, can be believed

Heather Brown was released from the Whatcom County Jail in Washington, after authorities in Alabama failed to submit a timely extradition warrant requesting her return to Dothan
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Coroner finds body in woods

Unidentified man a victim of homicide
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Dothan Eagle (@DothanEagle)

March 14 2004
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Vengeance the motive in killing

District attorney outlines case against Stuckey
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Dothan Eagle (@DothanEagle)

March 18 2004
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AlaFile E-Notice, Unified Judicial System, State of Alabama, 38-SM-2016-000704.00, Judge: Benjamin H. Lewis, Notice of Court Action, In the Small Claims Court of Houston County, Alabama, v. Billy Shaun McGhee, A court action was entered in the above case on 8/23/2016 11:35:33 AM

B. Shaun McGhee

B. Shaun McGhee
AlaFile E-Notice

UNIFIED JUDICIAL SYSTEM
STATE OF ALABAMA

38-SM-2016-000704.00

Judge: BENJAMIN H. LEWIS

NOTICE OF COURT ACTION
IN THE SMALL CLAIMS COURT OF HOUSTON COUNTY, ALABAMA

V BILLY SHAUN MCGHEE
38-SM-2016-000704.00

A court action was entered in the above case on 8/23/2016 11:35:33 AM

ORDER

[Filer:]

Disposition: DISPOSED BY
Judge: SEPARATE ORDER
Notice Date: 8/23/2016 11:35:33 AM

CARLA H. WOODALL
CIRCUIT COURT CLERK
HOUSTON COUNTY, ALABAMA
P.O. DRAWER 6406
DOTHAN, AL
334-677-4868

IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF HOUSTON COUNTY, ALABAMA

V.

MCGHEE BILLY SHAUN,
Defendant

Case No.: SM-2016-000704.00
ORDER

The Defendant in this case is a Contract Attorney

Therefore, I recuse from this case

The Clerk is to forward to the Presiding Judge Hon. Kevin Moulton for reassignment

DONE this 23rd day of August, 2016

/s/ BENJAMIN H LEWIS
DISTRICT JUDGE

ELECTRONICALLY FILED

8/23/2016 11:35 AM

38-SM-2016-000704.00

CIRCUIT COURT OF HOUSTON COUNTY, ALABAMA

CARLA H. WOODALL, CLERK

Plaintiff’s First Set of Interrogatories and Request for Production to Defendant, Notice of Service of Discovery Documents, Filed August 19, 2016, Case No. SM-16-704, v. Billy Shaun McGhee, Defendant, In the Small Claims Court of Houston County, Alabama

Plaintiff's First Set of Interrogatories and Request for Production to Defendant, Notice of Service of Discovery Documents, Filed August 19, 2016, Case No. SM-16-704, v. Billy Shaun McGhee, Defendant, In the Small Claims Court of Houston County, Alabama

FILED AUG 19 2016

Carla Woodall, Clerk
Houston County, AL

IN THE SMALL CLAIMS COURT OF HOUSTON COUNTY, ALABAMA

Plaintiff v. BILLY SHAUN MCGHEE, DEFENDANT

Case No. SM-16-704

NOTICE OF SERVICE OF DISCOVERY DOCUMENTS

TO: Carla Woodall, Clerk of the Court
Houston County Courthouse
P.O. Drawer 6406
Dothan, AL 36302

Please take notice that the follow discovery documents have been filed on behalf of the Plaintiff:

(X) Request for Production

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I hereby certify that I have served a copy of the foregoing on the Defendant this 19th day of August, 2016, by United States Postal Service

Specific Service having been made to:

B. Shaun McGhee
Smith and McGhee, P.C.
211 West Main Street, Suite 1
Dothan, Alabama 36301

PLAINTIFF, Pro se

Plaintiff's First Set of Interrogatories to Defendant B. Shaun McGhee

PLAINTIFF’S FIRST SET OF INTERROGATORIES and REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION TO DEFENDANT

COMES NOW the Plaintiff, Pro se, and desiring the testimony of the Defendant, the following interrogatories to be answered separately and fully, in writing and under oath; and Request for Production to be provided by the Defendant in the manner and form provided by law. viz:

INSTRUCTIONS

Plaintiff requests that the Defendant answer the following Interrogatories separately and fully, in writing and under oath, and that the answers be signed by the person making them

First Interrogatories to Defendant
Page 1 of 9

B. Shaun McGhee

signed answers to the following Interrogatories shall be served on the Plaintiff within 30 days after service of the Interrogatories

If, after exercising due diligence, you are unable to respond fully and completely, so state and respond to the extent possible, under such circumstances, be specific as to the areas you are unable to answer fully and completely

You are not limited to your own personal knowledge, but you are required to furnish all information available to you or anyone acting on your behalf

If you have NO information as to the answer, you shall so state

If any question or portion thereof is found objectionable and is for that reason not answered, Defendant shall state the basis for each objection and shall sign each such objection

These Interrogatories are continuing in nature and as such shall be supplemented with additional information if it becomes necessary

DEFINITIONS

Words in CAPITALS in these Interrogatories are defined as follows:

a. REPRESENTATION includes the circumstances and events surrounding the alleged injury, or other occurrence or breach of contract between Friday, January 2, 2015 and Wednesday, February 25, 2015, giving rise to this action or proceeding

First Interrogatories to Defendant
Page 2 of 9

b. YOU OR ANYONE ACTING ON YOUR BEHALF includes you; Billy Shaun McGhee a/k/a (also known as) B. Shaun McGhee, Smith and McGhee, P.C., Smith and McGhee’s agents, employees, contractors, insurance companies, their agents, their employees, Smith and McGhee’s attorneys, accountants, investigators, and anyone else acting on your behalf, excluding your legal assistant, when specifically named

c. Person includes a natural person, firm, association, organization, partnership, business, trust, corporation, or public entity

d. WRITING includes the original or copy of handwriting, photostating, photographing, and every other means of recording upon any tangible thing, any form of communication or representation, including letters, words, pictures, videos, sounds, and symbols, or combination of them

You may answer on this form (attach additional sheets if necessary)

Interrogatories

1. Did you have a meeting with the Plaintiff, Friday, January 2, 2015? (Yes / No)

2. Did your legal assistant meet with the Plaintiff, Friday, January 2, 2015? (Yes / No)

First Interrogatories to Defendant
Page 3 of 9

3. Did you create in writing a receipt on Friday, January 2, 2015, acknowledging a $300.00 (Three hundred and 00/100) Dollars “Ret. pmt. BSM – letter” (Retainer payment BSM – letter) from “client,” the Plaintiff? (Yes / No)

4. Did your legal assistant create in writing a receipt on Friday, January 2, 2015, acknowledging a $300.00 (Three hundred and 00/100) Dollars “Ret. pmt. BSM – letter” (Retainer payment BSM – letter) from “client,” the Plaintiff? (Yes / No)

5. Did you sign or initial the receipt under the “Smith and McGhee” writing? (Yes / No)

6. Did your legal assistant sign or initial the receipt under the “Smith and McGhee” writing? (Yes / No)

7. If you did not have a meeting with the Plaintiff on Friday, January 2, 2015, what is the reason for not doing so?

8. Did your legal assistant take notes in writing on Friday, January 2, 2015, regarding the “letter” that was to be put in writing for the Plaintiff? (Yes / No)

9. Did you take notes in writing on Friday, January 2, 2015, regarding the “letter” that was to be put in writing for the Plaintiff? (Yes / No)

First Interrogatories to Defendant
Page 4 of 9

10. Did you sign an agreement concerning the scope of representation per the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct, Client-Lawyer Relationship Rule 1.2, Scope of Representation, regarding the Friday, January 2, 2015, “Ret. pmt. BSM – letter”? (Yes / No)

11. Did Plaintiff sign an agreement concerning the scope of representation per the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct, Client-Lawyer Relationship Rule 1.2, Scope of Representation, regarding the Friday, January 2, 2015, “Ret. pmt. BSM – letter”? (Yes / No)

12. Did you provide Plaintiff with a writing of an agreement concerning the scope of representation per the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct, Client-Lawyer Relationship Rule 1.2, Scope of Representation, regarding the Friday, January 2, 2015, “Ret. pmt. BSM – letter,” signed by you? (Yes / No)

13. Did Carruthers provide Plaintiff with a writing of an agreement concerning the scope of representation per the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct, Client-Lawyer Relationship Rule 1.2, Scope of Representation, regarding the Friday, January 2, 2015, “Ret. pmt. BSM – letter,” signed by you? (Yes / No)

14. If the answer to 12 or 13, above, is “No,” what is the reason for not doing so❓

First Interrogatories to Defendant
Page 5 of 9

15. Are you a Partner of Smith and McGhee, P.C. who had “direct supervising authority” of your legal assistant, from Plaintiff’s first interaction with her regarding this engagement until Wednesday, February 25, 2015, per the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct, Law Firms and Associations, Rule 5.3, Responsibilities Regarding Nonlawyer Assistants? (Yes / No)

16. Did you “consult” with the Plaintiff regarding this engagement per the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct, Client-Lawyer Relationship, Rule 1.2, Scope of Representation, (a)? (Yes / No)

17. Did your legal assistant receive an e-mail from the Plaintiff dated Sunday, January 18, 2015, 5:44 PM, Subject: “client:”? (Yes / No)

18. If the answer to 16, above, is “No,” what is the reason for not doing so?

19. Did your legal assistant inform you of Plaintiff’s Sunday, January 18, 2015, 5:44 PM writing to her? (Yes / No)

20. If the answer to 19, above, is “Yes,” what date were you advised of this, and what time?

21. Did you read Plaintiff’s Sunday, January 18, 2015, 5:44 PM writing that was sent to your legal assistant? (Yes / No)

First Interrogatories to Defendant
Page 6 of 9

22. If the answer to 21, is “Yes,” what date did you read Plaintiff’s Sunday, January 18, 2015, 5:44 PM writing which he sent to your legal assistant, and what time?

23. Did you put in writing the January, “no day,” 2015, CERTIFIED MAIL, addressed to “DNH and GC? (Yes / No)

24. Why does the writing in 23, above, have “no day” of the week provided on it?

25. Did you address the writing in 23, above, based on information available from the Alabama Secretary of State; which does not list a business named “DNH and GC,” or some other source; and if some other source, which source?

26. Did your legal assistant advise the Plaintiff that he would be allowed to review any writing before it was sent to a person, regarding this engagement? (Yes / No)

27. Does Smith and McGhee, P.C., have a policy, in writing, that a client will be allowed to review a writing before it is sent to a person regarding the client’s engagement? (Yes / No)

First Interrogatories to Defendant
Page 7 of 9

28. Does Smith and McGhee, P.C., have an unwritten policy that a client will not be allowed to review a writing before it is sent to a person regarding the client’s engagement, because Smith and McGhee, P.C., is of the opinion that they do not commit any errors? (Yes / No)

29. Has your legal assistant ever advised a client that they would be allowed to review a writing before it is sent to a person regarding the client’s engagement? (Yes / No)

30. Did you “explain” to the Plaintiff per the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct, Client-Lawyer Relationship, Rule 1.4, Communication, (b), that you would not be allowing him to review any writing before it was sent to a person regarding Plaintiff’s engagement; so that Plaintiff could not correct any possible errors? (Yes / No)

31. Did you keep the Plaintiff “reasonably informed” per the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct, Client-Lawyer Relationship, Rule 1.4, (a)? (Yes / No)

32. If the answer to 31, above, is “Yes,” what dates/times did you do this?

First Interrogatories to Defendant
Page 8 of 9

33. Did your legal assistant meet with the Plaintiff between Friday, January 2, 2015, and Wednesday, February 25, 2015? (Yes / No)

34. If the answer to 33, above, is “Yes,” what dates and times did your legal assistant meet with Plaintiff?

First Interrogatories to Defendant
Page 9 of 9

FILED
AUG 19 2016

Carla Woodall
Carla Woodall, Clerk
Houston County, AL

REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION

Plaintiff requests that the Defendant produce the following documents or writings in a form that is legible to the Plaintiff and such shall be served on the Plaintiff within 30 days after service of this Request for Production

a. A copy of the Friday, January 2, 2015, receipt of $300.00 (Three hundred and 00/100) Dollars from the client for “Ret. pmt. BSM – letter”

b. A copy of any notes your legal assistant made in writing regarding this representation, and this representation only, regarding the “letter” mentioned in “a,” above

c. A copy of all e-mails and notes your legal assistant received from the Plaintiff regarding this representation, and this representation only, regarding the “letter” that was to be sent, mentioned in “a,” above

d. A copy of the January “no day” 2015, CERTIFIED MAIL, and its accompanying domestic return receipt, certified mail receipt, and any receipt from the United States Postal Service

Respectfully submitted this the 19th day of August, 2016

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I hereby certify that I have served a copy of the foregoing on the Defendant this 19th day of August, 2016, by United States Postal Service

Specific service having been made to:

B. Shaun McGhee
Smith and McGhee, P.C.
211 West Main Street, Suite 1
Dothan, Alabama 36301

PLAINTIFF, Pro se

First Request to Defendant
Page 1 of 1

v. Billy Shaun McGhee, AlaFile E-Notice, Notice of Service, In the Small Claims Court of Houston County, Alabama, The following matter was served on 7/27/2016, 38-SM-2016-000704.00

Billy Shaun McGhee
38-SM-2016-000704.00
Judge: Benjamin H. Lewis
D001 McGhee Billy Shaun
Corresponding To
Other
Served Kallie Briggs

Carla H. Woodall
Circuit Court Clerk
Houston County Alabama
P.O. Drawer 6406
Dothan AL 36302
334-677-4868

Unified Judicial System
State of Alabama
Carla H. Woodall
Houston County Circuit Clerk
P.O. Drawer 6406
Dothan Alabama 36302
Houston County Circuit Clerk
Billy Shaun McGhee, of Smith and McGhee P.C., 211 W. Main Street, Suite 1, Dothan, Alabama, 36301, had a Small Claims Court action filed against him in Houston County, today, Friday, July 22, 2016, Case Number SM-16-704, for $300.00 (Three-Hundred Dollars), plus Court Costs of $97.00 (Ninety-Seven Dollars), for a total of $397.00 (Three-Hundred and Ninety-Seven Dollars)

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Billy Shaun McGhee, of Smith and McGhee P.C., 211 W. Main Street, Suite 1, Dothan, Alabama, 36301, had a Small Claims Court action filed against him in Houston County, today, Friday, July 22, 2016, Case Number SM-16-704, for $300.00 (Three-Hundred Dollars), plus Court Costs of $97.00 (Ninety-Seven Dollars), for a total of $397.00 (Three-Hundred and Ninety-Seven Dollars)

Billy Shaun McGhee, of Smith and McGhee P.C., 211 W. Main Street, Suite 1, Dothan, Alabama, 36301, had a Small Claims Court action filed against him in Houston County, today, Friday, July 22, 2016, Case Number SM-16-704, for $300.00 (Three-Hundred Dollars), plus Court Costs of $97.00 (Ninety-Seven Dollars), for a total of $397.00 (Three-Hundred and Ninety-Seven Dollars)
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Friday, January 2, 2015, B. Shaun McGhee was Retained for $300.00 (Three-Hundred Dollars), Receipt No. 911961, to assist with the recovery of a client’s property
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Sunday, January 18, 2015, 5:44 PM, B. Shaun McGhee’s Legal Assistant was advised via e-mail by the client, that the parties who had the client’s property, had moved to a NEW address, and provided the NEW address
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February 14, 2015, 9:39 AM, B. Shaun McGhee’s office was requested via e-mail, to provide the date the letter had been sent to the parties who had the client’s property
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February 24, 2015, B. Shaun McGhee provided the client a copy of the letter which had been sent to the parties OLD address, after a meeting regarding an unrelated matter

The letter was dated January [NO DAY] 2015
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It is interesting that the letter had NO DAY provided, since other letters from McGhee’s office have a complete date

March 12, 2014
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September 4, 2014
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February 24, 2015
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PS Form 3811 Domestic Return Receipt 7001 1140 0001 5356 0781, showed that the letter had been signed for on Thursday, January 22, 2015, 11:39 am
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The United States Postal Service’s web-site’s Certified Mail Tracking Number screen showed that item 7001 1140 0001 5356 0781 had been mailed to the parties OLD address, Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 3:32 pm
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This was three (3) days AFTER the client had advised McGhee’s office that the parties had moved to a NEW address

McGhee refused to rectify the situation by sending the letter to the NEW address
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McGhee also did NOT provide the Certified Mail Receipt from the United States Postal Service
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A Certified Mail Receipt looks like this
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Or just a receipt from the USPS, showing the DAY the item was mailed
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