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|Current Court Information:|
|Alabama Circuit 4|
|Past position:||Associate attorney, Private practice|
|Undergraduate:||Alabama State University, 1986|
|Law School:||Howard University, 1990|
|Grad. School:||Emory University, 1992|
Marvin Wiggins is a judge of Circuit 4 in Alabama. He has served in this position since January 19, 1999, following his election in 1998. He was re-elected in 2010 for a term that expires in 2016.
Wiggins began his legal career as an intern for: Seay, Davis & Wilson; the Law Offices of James H. Taylor; the Public Defender's Office in Decatur, GA; and Judge Robert J. Castellani. He was an associate for the Law Office of Johnnie Hardwick and for Chestnut, Sanders, Sanders, Pettaway & Campbell, LLC prior to becoming a circuit judge in 1999.
Awards and associations
- 2002: MLK Peacekeeper’s Award
- 2002: Emancipation Proclamation Humanitarian Award
- 2001: Greene County SCLC Black Achievers of Alabama
- 2001: Bridge Builders Award
- 1997: William Moses Kunstler Racial Justice Award
- 2005-Present: Member, Alabama State University’s Board of Trustees
Wiggins was re-elected to the Circuit Court, earning 100% of the vote.
- Main article: Alabama judicial elections, 2010
In the news
Claims of fraud at Alabama State University
Governer Robert Bentley's office released a 38-page preliminary audit of Alabama State University (ASU) on October 14, 2013. The audit was commissioned to investigate claims of fraud at the school. The preliminary report suggested various instances of financial waste and conflicts of interest. Specifically it alleges that relatives of Trustees Marvin Wiggins and Elton Dean received an undue amount of money from the school.
The audit points to funds received by Wiggins' relatives through a dropout-prevention camp run by his wife which was contracted by the university. It also points to a high salary received by Wiggins' sister-in-law, a disbarred attorney who was hired as a professor at ASU. A total of $205,301 was received by Wiggins' family members through the school, according to the report.
Wiggins, however, suggested that the audit was a political move. On the day the preliminary audit was made public, he stated,
|“||Governor Bentley was provided on Friday with information related to me that clearly and concisely disputed the findings of his report. Instead of basing his actions on facts, he has arbitrarily decided to try to remove me from the board so that he can begin the process of controlling Alabama State University. Our University has gained everything we have through struggles and fights for decades, and if a fight is what Gov. Bentley wants, he will certainly get it.||”|
Other allegations against the university were made as well. The full report is available here: Alabama State University (ASU) Independent Financial Forensics Assessment
Wiggins was reprimanded by the Alabama Court of the Judiciary in 2009 and suspended for 90 days without pay due to violations of the Code of Judicial Ethics. He failed to recuse himself from a voter fraud case that involved three of his relatives.
- WSFA Channel 12, "Court issues decision on Judge Wiggins," July 30, 2009
- Court of the Judiciary, "Public Reprimand," July 30, 2009
- Dallas County Directory
- Judge Profile: Marvin W. Wiggins
- Alabama State Bar: Circuit 4 officials and contact information
- Alabama Courts, "Stipulation of Evidence to be Presented by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission," July 2009
- Prison Talk forum, "Ex-judge returns to meet incumbent for judgeship," May 18, 2004
- Albama State University: Judge Marvin Wiggins
- Judge Profile: Marvin W. Wiggins
- TimesDaily.com, "Election 2010 Runoff Results
- WSFA Channel 12, "ASU, board members release statements on audit report," October 14, 2013
- AL.com, "Forensic audit alleges financial waste, conflicts of interest and possible fraud at Alabama State University," October 14, 2013
- Alabama State University, "Statements from Elton Dean and Judge Marvin Wiggins," October 14, 2013
- Tuscaloosa News, "King wants judge off bench without pay," August 1, 2009