July 12, 2013

Tom Hale has authored Offensive Conduct: My Life on the Line, the biography of University of Alabama and New England Patriots football legend John "Hog" Hannah. Offensive Conduct is a first person narrative of Hannah’s meteoric rise from childhood through the Crimson Tide football program as starting offensive left guard under legendary Head Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and into the stratosphere of elite professional football players. A 1973 number four first round draft pick by the New England Patriots, John Hannah is regarded as perhaps the greatest large athlete to have ever lived having been declared "The Best Offensive Lineman of All Time" by Sports Illustrated in August, 1981. Hannah was voted All-Pro ten times, played in nine Pro Bowls, was voted by the NFL Players Association four years running as Most Valuable Offensive Lineman, and in 1991, was the first New England Patriot inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Hale has spent several years coaxing details out of t...

July 10, 2013

Terry Sides successfully defended a South Alabama city and its chief of police in a federal civil rights case of excessive force and wrongful death. The plaintiffs claimed that while engaged in the pursuit of a speeding car, a patrol car being driven by a police officer for the city struck the speeding car from behind and caused it to go airborne, following which the car flipped over and landed in a ditch. The plaintiffs’ son, who they claimed was a passenger in the car, was killed in the accident. The plaintiffs’ theory was (a) the police officer’s action constituted excessive force, which was the result of the chief of police having acted with deliberate indifference in hiring, training, and supervising the officer, and (b) such action by the chief of police represented a custom, policy or practice of the city, which, in violation of 42 U.S.C. §1983, led to the deprivation of their son’s constitutional rights The plaintiffs sought a judgment against the city and its chief of police f...

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