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State chief justice rescinds Aderholt’s appointment

HALEYVILLE — Retired Circuit Judge Bobby Aderholt of Haleyville, the father of U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, has had his appointment as a special judge rescinded by Alabama Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb.

Bobby Aderholt said he has not talked to Cobb, but he received a letter from her Monday, saying there was "no need for a special judge."

Aderholt, 71, had been a circuit judge for 30 years before retiring Jan. 15.

Cobb's predecessor, Drayton Nabers, appointed Aderholt as a special circuit judge for one year to serve Winston and Marion counties.

Aderholt said he has been busy handling everything from traffic cases to a capital murder case.

Cobb signed orders Friday
rescinding Aderholt's appointment and ordering the Winston County circuit clerk to retrieve two desktop computers and one laptop computer assigned to Aderholt and his judicial assistant, Bunia Mobley.

When contacted Monday, Cobb said through an aide that it would not be appropriate to comment.

Aderholt said special judges do not normally get to have judicial assistants, but the previous chief justice had approved it because the caseload would be the equivalent of a full-time job.

Aderholt said he believes someone in Haleyville complained to the chief justice about the judicial assistant and that led to the end of his appointment.

"You'd have to know local politics," he said.

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