Rebekah Mason asks judge to stay former ALEA chief’s lawsuit

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and former senior political advisor, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – Rebekah Caldwell Mason, Gov. Robert Bentley’s former top political adviser, is asking a judge to stay the lawsuit filed by former head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency — Spencer Collier.

The filing Wednesday afternoon argues that there is a federal criminal investigation and possibly a state investigation into matters involving Bentley and Mason.

Mason denies wrongdoing, but says she should not have to testify in Collier’s lawsuit, while the criminal investigation is ongoing.

The lawsuit alleges wrongful termination, invasion of privacy, defamation, interference with a business relationship and negligent and wanton conduct. It also alleges Bentley directed Collier not to provide a requested affidavit concerning ALEA’s finding that Assistant Attorney General Matt Hart did nothing wrong concerning leaking grand jury testimony in the prosecution of House Speaker Mike Hubbard. The lawsuit says Bentley’s order directing Collier to say the ALEA investigation into Hart was ongoing, meant that Bentley was “ordering Collier to commit a crime.”

Gov. Bentley, Mason, Stan Stabler – the man who replaced him at the agency – and several others were named in the suit.