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Judge Henry Allred of Jasper, AL; Judge Roy Bean Wannabee

FYI: Judge Roy Bean was a saloon-keeper and Justice of the Peace in Val Verde, Texas, who called himself “The Law West of the Pecos.” Judge Bean was also affectionately referred to as the “Hanging Judge.”
The state of New York presented Henry Prentiss Allred with a law license in 2002 after he graduated from the University of Alabama Law School.
Henry Allred succeeded in duping the voters in the Jasper, Alabama area into electing as a District Judge for Walker County in November 2008.
The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission charged Judge Allred with the following misconduct.
  1. Engaged in conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice
  2. Failed to observe high standards of conduct
  3. Failed to withdraw from a case when his withdrawal was mandatory
  4. Engaged in conduct that brought public contempt of the judiciary
  5. Violated the rules by commenting on a pending case in a public forum
One of Judge Allred’s duties was to preside over the Walker County Small Claims Court
In one matter, a lawyer who representing creditors filed a complaint against Judge Allred about public statements he made about a contempt proceeding that he initiated against the lawyer in March 2012 and other event and actions related to the contempt proceeding.
Judge Allred initiated the contempt proceeding in a small claims case after the lawyer failed to attend a hearing on his motion for default judgment; however, the creditor appeared. Ten months earlier, Allred held a show cause contempt hearing wherein he addressed with the lawyer her allegedly repetitive failing to appear at dockets on which she had cases.
In one case, the lawyer filed all the proper papers for a default judgment, but when she didn’t appear in court, he dismissed her client’s case. She then filed a motion to reinstate the default judgment previously dismissed. By the time the matter came before Allred he had lost jurisdiction to hear the case. Despite having no authority in the pending matter, Allred set a hearing for March 5, 2012, a hearing the attorney did not rightfully appear for.
On the next day, March 6, 2012, Allred entered a Writ of Attachment, wherein he found the lawyer guilty of contempt of court for failing to appear at the March 5 hearing. Allred’s Writ commanded that the Sheriff arrest the lawyer and bring her before his court. The Sheriff went to the lawyer’s office to arrest her but she wasn’t there, so he left. 
Judge Allred then posted a message on his Facebook account, which said in part: “She filed a motion to reinstate. So I set it for hearing and ordered her to appear to show-cause why she shouldn’t be held in contempt. She didn’t show up. I issued a warrant, but I'm going out of town tomorrow. So I sent a deputy to get her yesterday so I could deal with it before I got out of town and she wouldn't have to sit in jail while I was gone. Her office lied to the deputy and she's been running ever since. She's made a bad situation much worse. She's basically in open defiance of numerous orders from me to turn herself in. She's
gone from one act of contempt to about five. She's a fugitive and she's facing twenty five days now.”
Allred then sent the following email to every judge in the State of Alabama:
“I am sending this email with great regret, but I must ask for your help. The lawyer listed above is in open violation and defiance of many of my court orders. There is a warrant issued for her arrest that she has been made aware of numerous times. She continues to defy my order and is a fugitive from justice. [Lawyer A] is from [an Alabama city] and does a great deal of collection work around the state. If she appears in your courtroom, please see that she is arrested and held. If you'll contact my office (205-384-7260) or the Walker County Sheriff (205-302-6464), I will send a Walker County deputy to pick her up. Thanks in advance for your help.”
All that’s left now is to what punishment the Supreme Court of Alabama metes out Judge Bean.

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