Thursday, June 2, 2011

Muscle Shoals Loses 33K in Linda Stanley Theft

Former Muscle Shoals magistrate Linda Stanley has pleaded guilty to theft charges and agreed to pay back all known missing funds. The TimesDaily lists a total of $86,157.00, a total that may include court costs. Whether these are included or not, the bonding company is not repaying the city a total of 33K. This may be small change to the City of Muscle Shoals, but it is still their money...and the money of its citizens. How long will it take Ms. Stanley to repay her former employer?

The answer to that is nebulous, but if sentenced to five years, she will have served her time in 20 months if on her best behavior. Her parole hearing could conceivably be in seven months. This in itself is good for the city, since work release inmates make notoriously low wages.

A second scenario involves Linda Stanley winning probation. Special Prosecutor Doug Evans has said he will fight any requests for probation in her case, and considering Stanley's former position of trust with the city, it's our opinion he will win. No matter the outcome, unless the one-time magistrate completes training for a new occupation, she will undoubtedly take years to repay the city and the bonding company.

Related post: Is Linda Stanley Guilty?


THE MALL MARCH AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE will take place on Saturday, June 4 at Regency Square Mall. From 8:30-10:30am. Join together with Rape Response and walk to show support for victims of sexual violence. All funds raised will stay in the Shoals Area to provide critical services such as our 24-hour crisis line, counseling, hospital, and legal accompaniments. Pre-register before the Friday, May 27 deadline and receive a Mall March T-Shirt! The registration fee is $10 in advance or $12 the day of the March. Call 256-765-0025 or visit for more information.

(Apologies for not running this item earlier. This is an extremely important event and we encourage all who can participate to do so.)