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After His Resignation from a Federal Judgeship, Abdul Kallon Surfaces in Seattle -- a U.S. Location That is About as Far as Possible from Alabama Scandals

Posted on the 08 September 2022 by Rogershuler @RogerShuler

After his resignation from a federal judgeship, Abdul Kallon surfaces in Seattle -- a U.S. location that is about as far as possible from Alabama scandals

Abdul Kallon


A federal judge who resigned his lifetime position in the wake of long-running Alabama scandals, has landed -- in of all places -- Seattle, according to a report at Under the headline "Sleepless in Seattle: Kallon Demotes Himself and joins Perkins Coie," Publisher K.B. Forbes writes:

Former Federal Judge Abdul K. Kallon has fled Birmingham and gone to one of the farthest places away from the cesspool of Jefferson County, Alabama: Seattle, Washington.

Kallon joins Perkins Coie as a partner, according to a news release.

In April, he announced his abrupt resignation; Kallon cited the usual “family time” excuse. According to media at the time, his wife obtained a job out of state but no one has been able to verify the fact.

As we asked in June:

Did Federal Judge Abdul K. Kallon agree to a secret deal to keep Alabama Power “unmentionable” during the North Birmingham Bribery Trial because of his past financial agreements and possible embarrassing personal behavior

On June 23rd, published an indepth report on Kallon’s alleged financial and personal behavior that was a bombshell, causing shockwaves in the legal community.

Watkins ties Kallon's resignation to the legal travails of Birmingham businessman Jonathan Dunning, who became the target of a federal criminal probe and wound up receiving an 18-year prison sentence. In Watkins' view, Dunning was railroaded, partly because Kallon and his former law firm, Bradley Arant, were deeply involved in Dunning's financial activities but mostly managed to escape scrutiny. 

Forbes picks up on a number of issues raised in the Watkins piece:

Did any or none of The Three Stooges (Alabama Power, Balch, and Drummond Company) have damaging information on Kallon and controlled him by figuratively squeezing his testicles?

Or was Kallon offered a deal in the alleged ongoing federal probe of obstruction of justice involving Alabama Power Chairman and CEO Mark A. Crosswhite?

Resign and cooperate sounds a lot better than refuse and be prosecuted.

Kallon may be sleepless in Seattle, having possibly tossed a future U.S. Supreme Court appointment down the toilet because of his alleged interactions with The Three Stooges.

Now he is far away. Farther away. Farthest away.

“Thanks be to God,” he says, he thinks, he prays.

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