On Friday, January 6, 2023, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary announced the date for the pretrial conference for the case of Hon. Steven D. King, Circuit Judge, Blount County for violating the Alabama Code of Judicial Ethics. 

The case is entitled “In the matter of Steven D. King” with case no. 63.

On December 20, 2022, Judge King faced disciplinary charges filed by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission for allegations due to violations of the Alabama Code of Judicial Ethics, particularly on sending anonymous letters criticizing language used by Dean Calvert, a County Commissioner, in a hidden recording in 2020. The respondent then requested the former’s resignation. Moreover, it was stated that Judge King acted impropriety by creating the false impression that he wasn’t involved in authoring or sending the packages to several media outlets and Blount County officials, including himself. 

Upon filing the complaint against the respondent, Judge King was immediately suspended. Thus, on January 6, 2023, the Alabama Court of the Judiciary issued an Order setting the pretrial conference on January 26, 2023, at 10:00 am. The said hearing will be held remotely via zoom unless either party objects. The Court reminded that if there is any objection to the said remote hearing, it will be moved to the Courtroom of Criminal Appeals, 2nd floor, 300 Dexter Ave., Montgomery, Alabama. 

The Judge earned a law degree from Samford University in 1988.

The Judge’s courtroom is located at 207, 220 Second Avenue East in Oneonta, and can be reached at (205) 625-4145. His info can be found on ballotpedia.com.

A copy of the original filing can be found here