Lawyer from Dothan, Alabama, Charged with Child Porn in Houston County

Posted by Steve Eversole | Nov 17, 2009 | 0 Comments

It's a shame when a representative of the court is charged with a crime. Of course, any person accused of a criminal act, such as child pornography or criminal sexual behavior, is always considered innocent until proven guilty. However, to have the charges brought forth in the first place can truly be an embarrassment to the individual and their profession. As a Birmingham criminal defense lawyer, I can empathize with this defendant and only hope that justice will be served quickly and with an even hand.

According to news reports, a Dothan attorney is facing multiple child pornography charges. His legal representative had recently asked the court for litigation expenses, including money to pay for a computer expert. The attorney handling Randy Carroll Brackin's child porn case told the Houston County Courthouse that his client would be submitting an affidavit of indigency, declaring he could not afford to retain an attorney.

The case stems from a February 5 arrest in which Houston County Sheriff's investigators took the 62-year-old Brackin into custody, charging him with 11 felony counts of possession of child pornography or obscene material. If convicted, the man faces one to 10 years in prison for each of the class C felony crimes.

According to police reports, deputies seized evidence related to the case from five different locations, including Brackin's office, home, a female friend's home, a storage facility and his mother's home. Some of the images found on computers included pictures of some sexual acts and nudity. The children depicted in the pictures were under the age of 12, authorities claimed.

Because Brackin has served as an attorney in Houston County and appeared before numerous judges in that locality, a judge from Dale County, Circuit Court Judge P.B. McLauchlin, Jr., was brought in to preside over the case. The judge has set a tentative trial date for Brackin's case for early 2010. As a result of the criminal charges, Brackin's license to practice law was suspended earlier this year.

The defense had asked for bond requirements to be loosened, saying that Judge Lawson Little had already withdrawn the requirement that Brackin wear an electronic ankle bracelet while out on bond. Brackin's attorney said some of the remaining restrictions included that his client live with his mother, that he call Houston County dispatch anytime he wants to leave the house and that he cannot leave Houston County or the state of Alabama.

Dothan attorney facing child porn charges claims indigency, DothanEagle.com, September 24, 2009

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