State Rep. Allen Treadaway (R-Morris) endorsed Bryan Taylor for Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice on Monday.

Treadaway, House Public Safety and Homeland Security committee chairman and a retired assistant police chief for the City of Birmingham, said in a statement, “I’ve known Bryan Taylor for over a decade and served alongside him in the state legislature. There is no one more committed to our conservative values, the rule of law, and keeping communities safe and secure for children, families, churches, and businesses than Bryan Taylor.”

“As a tough-as-nails former military prosecutor, Iraq veteran, and retired Army Judge Advocate, Bryan Taylor knows how to hold criminals accountable under the law and will always protect our children from predators,” Treadaway said. “As our next Chief Justice, Bryan will work with us in the legislature and with our law enforcement community, as he always has, to make sure prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and the courts have all the resources they need to keep us safe and secure.”

Taylor and Supreme Court Justice Sarah Stewart are running for the position because current Chief Justice Tom Parker is age-restricted from seeking reelection.

“Allen Treadaway is one of the most highly respected conservative members of the Alabama legislature, especially on issues of law enforcement and public safety,” Taylor said in a statement. “As a former police officer himself, he knows what it means to have judges who will hold criminals accountable and encourage respect and appreciation from the bench for the hard work and sacrifice of our police officers. I’m honored and thankful to have Rep. Treadaway’s support and look forward to working with him to strengthen our law enforcement community.”

Treadaway’s endorsement comes on the heels of Taylor’s victory at the Jefferson County Republican Straw Poll Saturday. 

Taylor told straw poll attendees on Saturday that as a Mobile County Circuit Judge in 2014, Stewart ruled for a 20-year-old pedophile to be charged as a youthful offender for sexually torturing and sodomizing a 4-year-old toddler. According to a news release from Taylor, those offenses carry a maximum sentence of life in prison for someone tried as an adult, but Stewart’s ruling, according to al(dot)com, limited the sentence to three years in jail.

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