Mobile, Ala.–Alabama’s courthouse battle over “tort reform,” already the subject of three civil suits, has taken another nasty turn: the indictment of a trial lawyer for the alleged smearing of the lieutenant governor.

It accuses an officer of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA) of fabricating a sex scandal to smear Lt. Governor Stephen R. Windom, reform’s chief promoter, during the 1998 election campaign.

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