State Responds to Blakely’s Filing to Overturn Conviction

LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The state has responded to former Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely’s case that his trial judge was not properly licensed or licensed to practice law during his trial.

Blakely’s attorneys said retired Alabama Court of Appeals Judge Pamela Baschab’s status with the state bar was not current during Blakely’s trial and sentencing. Blakely in July 2021. They filed a petition with the state to “vacate his conviction” given Baschab’s status.

However, according to the state’s response, they have no jurisdiction over Blakely’s case since he is in the appeal process.

The state court filings noted, “If Blakely chooses to deny his appeal, however, the state is prepared to forcefully rebut his erroneous allegation in an appropriate forum.”

Attorney General Steve Marshall also released a statement regarding Blakely’s latest filing.

Mike Blakely’s latest attempt to avoid serving his prison sentence is without merit. The trial against him was fair and a jury of his peers correctly convicted him of two crimes. The Honorable Pamela Baschab conducted this three-week trial flawlessly, while properly handling a multitude of pre- and post-trial issues. The state stands ready to vigorously defend jury verdicts in any instance where Mr. Blakely attempts to evade justice.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall

The state bar said legislation requiring state judges and judges to be licensed attorneys was not signed into law until October 2021. Blakely’s trial took place in July 2021.

The judge’s license became inactive a week before Blakely’s trial for non-payment of dues. But the state says retired judges are exempt from the licensing requirement.

According to the Alabama Bar Association’s membership site, Baschab is now current with his dues for the 2021-2022 year. On August 25, she purchased a license in labor law for the state of Alabama.

She must pay this year’s dues no later than September 30.


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