Ala Supreme Court refuses payment bid by Bishop
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court is refusing to make the state pay for mental screenings to help the defense of a former Alabama university professor charged in the gunshot slayings of three colleagues during a faculty meeting.
The court ruled unanimously Friday that attorneys for Amy Bishop failed to include enough evidence in their appeal to warrant the payments.
The justices didn't get to the heart of Bishop's argument that the state comptroller's office is wrongly refusing to follow a judge's decisions ordering the expenditures.
Bishop is accused of killing three colleagues and wounding three others at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2010. She was declared indigent, and taxpayers are funding her defense against capital murder charges.
The defense maintains Bishop is insane and wants more taxpayer-funded testing.