MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A closed door, executive session of the Alabama Ethics Commission continues into its tenth hour in downtown Montgomery with law enforcement going to extraordinary measures to keep sequestered witnesses who may appear in hallways out of the media's view.
Outside the RSA Union where the commission is meeting, a black SUV similar to the type of Chevy Tahoe used to transport Gov. Robert Bentley, sat Wednesday afternoon. Bentley is believed to be the focus of the ethics commission meeting, which will determine if there is probable cause that he violated Alabama's ethics laws. It's unclear if there are any other targets connected to the governor.
Several members of law enforcement approached awaiting media and asked them to move off the property, which is a public sidewalk.
After media outlets declined at least twice to do so, the officers left. Two additional SUVs were brought in to block the media's view of the first vehicle.
Gov. Bentley ultimately left the building and was transported back to the Capitol shortly after 5 p.m. He did not speak.
There is no end in sight to the closed door meeting, though a vote is still expected by the end of the day. At 6:30 p.m. the Ethics General Counsel, and Executive Director walked out, stated it's not over, and said they weren't leaving the building.