Judge Joseph S. Johnston – State of Alabama

Alabama Firearm Act of 2013

The Alabama Firearms Act of 2013 was signed by Gov. Bentley in May, 2013, thus the effective date should be (at the latest) 08/01/2013. This long overdue law changed Alabama's system of issuing concealed carry weapon's permits…more

| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law,...
State of Alabama v. Carlos Edward...

Post Trial Jury Contact Order

Alabama has no law or rule of court that prevents lawyers or more likely their investigators from going to the homes of jurors after the trial and questioning them about why they returned a certain verdict or was their any juror…more

| Civil Procedure, Privacy
State of Alabama v. Carlos Edward...


The trend around the nation is for judges to ban the use of laptops, I-Phones, Blackberries and other electronic devices whether used by reporters or the public to report on the trial. This Order allows their use in the 13th…more

| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law,...

"Who Killed The Bill Of Rights?"

Continuing Legal Education Presentation made to Judge Brevard Hand-Judge Alex Howard Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, Mobile, Alabama by Joseph S. Johnston, Circuit Judge, 13th Judicial…more

| Constitutional Law

"Who Killed The Bill Of Rights?"

Continuing Legal Education Presentation made to the Alabama Young Lawyers' Annual Meeting in San Destin, Florida on May 18, 2012 by Joseph S. Johnston, Circuit Judge, 13th Judicial Circuit, State of Alabama and John E. Ingram,…more

| Constitutional Law

Resistance to Violent Crime: What does the Research Show?

Original may be downloaded at Active Response Training http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/resistance-to-violent-crime-what-does-the-research-show Almost all studies show that resistance is successful in preventing the…more

| Criminal Law

Alabama Reciprocal Gun Law Chart

Alabama Reciprocal Gun Law Chart is a list of all states that the Alabama Attorney General has entered into a reciprocal agreement with. REMEMBER--YOU ARE REQUIRED TO KNOW AND FOLLOW THE GUN LAWS OF THE STATE THAT YOU ARE…more

| Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law
State of Alabama v. Stephen Nodine


Recusal Order of Cirsuit Judge Joseph S. Johnston (13th Circuit Alabama) involving the impeachment and criminal trial of county commissioner Stephen Nodine. The issue is subject of an American Spectator article which concluded…more

| Construction Law, Criminal Law

District of Columbia v. Heller And Origiinalism

Whether provisions of the D.C. Code generally barring the registration of handguns, prohibiting carrying a pistol without a license, and requiring all lawful firearms to be kept unloaded and either disassembled or trigger locked…more


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