By Donald V Watkins
Breaking News Exclusive---
David Byrne Leaving Bentley
Our Facebook news team has just learned that David Byrne, Governor Robert Bentley's chief legal advisor, is leaving his position. Our special four-part series titled, "Forbidden Love – Robert Bentley's Secret Love Affair", described Byrne's role in the governor's cheating scandal, including former trooper Wendell Ray Lewis' questionable promotion from sergeant to lieutenant, Bentley's marital infidelity with Rebekah Caldwell Mason, the employment of Rebekah's husband on the state payroll, and the ongoing cover-up of the love affair.
Byrne is reportedly having serious personal health issues and is distancing himself from Bentley. Byrne does not want to be swept up in Bentley's growing web of legal problems. These problems include the governor's marital infidelity, as well as a growing body of evidence relating to Bentley's criminal conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, and racketeering violations under federal law.
Byrne was also the governor's liaison with Montgomery U.S. Attorney George L. Beck, Jr., whom Byrne controlled through a long and extensive personal relationship. This personal relationship created a conflict of interest for Beck to investigate Bentley for potential criminal charges.
Byrne's job has been offered to another attorney, who turned it down.
Trooper Lewis, a member of Bentley's inner circle, left his high paying state job as head of the governor's security detail several months ago. More departures are expected this week, particularly with respect to the board membership of the Alabama Council for Excellent Government. The Council is the slush fund Bentley established in February to funnel secret payments to Rebekah Mason.