Both editors of PNS are acquainted with Mr. Billy Underwood. We have no inside knowledge of the charges against Mr. Underwood; however, we both can say that Billy has been fair and honest in any dealings with us. No one that we know has ever had any comments critical of Mr. Underwood with the exception that he wins cases. If winning cases is a sign of dishonesty, 95% of attorneys in the U.S. would be under indictment at some point. Yes, Mr. Underwood wins more than most; therefore, it’s a credible possibility that revenge is a motive in these charges. We’re happy to publish Mr. Underwood’s attorney’s statement here:
TUSCUMBIA—Tuscumbia attorney Billy Underwood has been charged with attempting to bribe a prospective juror in a case where that individual never went to the courthouse and a jury was never empaneled.
“Mr. William Hovater and I are proud to represent Mr. Underwood on a case that I am very surprised has been brought. Mr. Underwood is alleged to have attempted to influence a juror in a case in which he was not an attorney nor would have received a fee,” stated W. Brent Woodall.
Jeff Bowling, an attorney from Franklin County, stated that he has known Underwood for over twenty years and that he is one of the most honest attorneys with whom he has dealt. Cliff Wright, who has practiced law in Lauderdale County for many years, likewise recognizes Underwood to be an honest attorney.
Mr. Woodall, who has prosecuted cases for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office and for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Alabama, expressed confidence that there will be a good outcome of this case. Mr. Hovater, who has practiced law in Colbert County for over 37 years, is also certain that this case will be resolved in Mr. Underwood’s favor.