Gov. Bentley doubts media will have standing in request to unseal divorce records

Gov. Bentley doubts media will have standing in request to unseal divorce records

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said he doubts WBRC FOX6 News and other Alabama media outlets will be successful in opening up court records in his divorce proceedings.

Governor Bentley was in Hoover on Tuesday for the opening of a new diabetes clinic.

On Monday, WBRC FOX6 News and several other media organizations filed a motion with a Tuscaloosa Court seeking to open the sealed records in the Bentleys'  divorce. The motion states Gov. Bentley is a public figure and divorce proceedings are not exempt.

Bentley refused to comment again on what he says is a private matter. He said he doubts the media will have standing in the case.

The same motion refers to allegations of possible abuse of taxpayer resources as another reason to open the the court records. Bentley again denied any wrongdoing to allegations.

"I've heard absolutely nothing. There is no misuse of state funds. Absolutely none. That is totally false. All of that's been explained," Bentley said.

On Tuesday Bentley did confirm to WBRC FOX6 News that Montgomery attorney Joe Espy, a noted criminal defense attorney, is working with him on several issues.

Espy also represents dog track owner Milton McGregor and is a trustee of the University of Alabama System.

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