During a hearing over two lawsuits against the Birmingham Board of Education, it was revealed that BOE President Edward Maddox's primary residency may not be in Birmingham.
Board members must be a resident of Birmingham to be elected to the board.
Maddox admitted Wednesday on the stand, after being shown a legal lending record, that he has a home in Trussville and in Woodlawn. Superintendent Craig Witherspoon's attorney, U.W. Clemon, introduced a legal document for Maddox's Trussville home, which has Maddox's signature saying it's his primary residence.
Maddox says that his attorney advised him Wednesday not to discuss his residency, but FOX6 News has been investigating this situation for several months.
Back in April, we spoke with Maddox at his residence in Woodlawn where Maddox says he's lived for 8-9 years. But there are some people, even neighbors, who say he still lives in Trussville.
One of Maddox's Woodlawn neighbors said in April that she's seen him on her street but she said, "I know he's up there, I can't tell you for sure if he lives there but he's there."
FOX6 News also visited the Trussville residence where Maddox allegedly lives. His wife answered the door, but she said in April that he didn't live there. She wouldn't comment further.
A Trussville neighbor, Jake Biddy, said then that he'd lived in the neighborhood since 1996 and a short time later, the Maddox's moved in.
The situation begs the question: If the Trussville house is in Maddox's name, why did it appear in April that his wife lived there without him?
"I live here at 914 53rd Street [in Woodlawn]," Maddox said in April. What you have to do is talk to her [my wife] I don't want to...put our personal business out on the street."
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