Alabama Attorney General Files Challenge to Bishop’s Appeal

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Amy Bishop, at the Madison County Courthouse in 2012. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The State of Alabama replied to Amy Bishop’s appeal for her capital murder guilty plea and life sentence, stating that she has no grounds for appeal.

The filing, which was submitted Friday, argues that Bishop waived her right to appeal when she entered the guilty plea. It goes on to say that even if the appeal were properly filed, she did not present her claims to the trial court, so the issues are now abandoned.

The Attorney General argues that Bishop knowingly and voluntarily entered her guilty plea, stating that the trial court handled the process properly.

In her appeal, Bishop’s court-appointed attorney, Ron Smith, argued that Madison County Circuit Judge Alan Mann made an error when taking her guilty plea. Smith argued that Mann did not properly explain to Bishop her rights under the law, including how to file an appeal. Smith argues that because of the omissions by the court, Bishop’s plea was involuntary and taken in violation of her rights to due process.

The full brief submitted by the Alabama Attorney General’s Office can be viewed here: Amy Bishop Anderson Appellee’s Brief (Filed)