Bentley appoints another Tuscaloosa judge to state appeals courts

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Gov. Robert Bentley appointed Tuscaloosa County Circuit Judge Scott Donaldson to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals to fill the term vacated when Tommy Bryan of Montgomery was elected to the Alabama Supreme Court.

Bryan won the Republican primary in the race for the Alabama Supreme Court and did not have any opposition in the November general election.

Bentley, a Republican from Tuscaloosa, appointed his then-chief of staff Chuck Malone to be chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court following the 2011 resignation of Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb. Malone lost to Roy Moore in the three-way race in the Republican primary for chief justice in 2012.

Donaldson served as a circuit judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit since 2003 and practiced law for more than 18 years before he was a judge.

In a statement, Bentley said he has personally known Donaldson for years.

“He has dedicated his life to the legal profession,” Bentley said. “He brings extensive experience and vast knowledge to this position.”

Bentley’s appointment, which was effective immediately, creates a vacancy in the Tuscaloosa circuit. The governor, according to his statement, will begin the process to appoint a new circuit judge.

As a practicing attorney, Donaldson was elected to serve on the Alabama State Bar Commission and the State Bar Disciplinary Commission.

He is an Alabama commissioner on the National Uniform Law Commission, has served as a faculty member at the National Judicial College and as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alabama School of Law and the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration.

– posted by Sebastian Kitchen

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