The Constitution says “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”
Don Siegelman fights that good fight every day. That dogg’ll hunt, too.
Representative Bob Riley defeated Siegelman’s November 2002 reelection bid by the narrowest margin in Alabama history: approximately 3,000 votes. The result was controversial, as on the night of the election, Siegelman was initially declared the winner by the Associated Press and all sources. Later, Republican electioneers were employed to betray our greater purpose. A voting machine malfunction in a single county, Baldwin County, was claimed to have produced the votes needed to give Siegelman the election. When the malfunction was corrected, Riley emerged the winner. Democratic Party officials objected, stating that the recount had been performed by local Republican election officials after Democratic observers had left the site of the vote counting, thus rendering verification of the recount results impossible. However, the state’s Attorney General, Republican Bill Pryor, affirmed the recounted vote totals, securing Riley’s election.
Allegations that Siegelman was prosecuted at the insistence of Bush-appointed officials at the Justice Department, as well as the insistence of Leura Canary, a U.S. Attorney in Montgomery whose husband was Alabama’s top Republican operative and who had for years worked closely with Karl Rove, led federal courts to release the accused on bail. In June 2007, a Republican lawyer, Dana Jill Simpson of Rainsville, Alabama, signed a sworn statement that, five years earlier, she had heard that Karl Rove was preparing to neutralize Siegelman politically with an investigation headed by the U.S. Department of Justice. According to Simpson’s statement, she was on a Republican campaign conference call in 2002 when she heard Bill Canary tell other campaign workers not to worry about Siegelman because Canary’s “girls” and “Karl” would make sure the Justice Department pursued the Democrat so he was not a political threat in the future. “Canary’s girls” supposedly included his wife, Leura Canary, who is United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, and United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama Alice Martin. Leura Canary did not submit voluntary recusal paperwork until two months after Siegelman attorney David Cromwell Johnson’s press conference in March 2002. In interviews with the press, Simpson has emphasized that she heard Rove’s name mentioned in a phone conversation in which the discussion turned to Siegelman, clarified that she heard someone involved in a 2002 conference call refer to a meeting between Mr. Rove and Justice Department officials on the subject of Siegelman, and revealed that Karl Rove ordered her to “catch Siegelman cheating on his wife.” The Anniston Star published an editorial stating that, “If that’s his story, then Rove should not hesitate to go under oath and answer questions before a congressional committee.”
Raw Story reports that Karl Rove advised Bill Canary on managing Republican Bob Riley’s gubernatorial campaign against Siegelman in the election fraud controversy of 2002, based on the testimony of “two Republican lawyers who have asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation,” one of whom is close to Alabama’s Republican National Committee.
Simpson’s house burned down soon after she began whistleblowing, and Simpson’s car was driven off the road by a private investigator and wrecked. Investigations of the fire and the wreck found no foul play. As a result of the timing of these incidents, Simpson said, “Anytime you speak truth to power, there are great risks. I’ve been attacked,” explaining she felt a “moral obligation” to speak up.
A petition from 44 former State Attorneys General concluded “The U.S. justice system should be above reproach. The only way to convince the public that the Governor is not the victim of a politically motivated double-standard is for Congress to investigate all aspects of the case thoroughly.” and further noted noted that Governor Siegelman was “denied 45 days to report to prison to give him time to put his affairs in order, an opportunity which is commonly granted” and observed that “because Governor Siegelman is not in any way a flight risk, the denial of a bond pending appeal appears inappropriate, and the SHACKLING OF THE GOVERNOR IN HANDCUFFS AND LEG IRONS as he was taken out of the courtroom was shocking.”
In November 2008, new documents revealed alleged misconduct by the Bush-appointed U.S. attorney and other prosecutors in the case. Extensive and unusual contact between the prosecution and the jury were alleged to have occurred. According to Time, a Department of Justice Staffer furnished the new documents at the risk of losing her job. The documents included e-mails written by Canary, long after her recusal, offering legal advice to subordinates handling the case. At the time Canary wrote the e-mails, her husband was publicly supporting the state’s Republican governor, Bob Riley. In one of Leura Canary’s e-mails made public by Time, dated September 19, 2005, she forwarded senior prosecutors on the Siegelman case a three-page political commentary by Siegelman. Canary highlighted a single passage which, she told her subordinates, “Ya’ll need to read, because he refers to a ‘survey’ which allegedly shows that 67% of Alabamans believe the investigation of him to be politically motivated … Perhaps [this is] grounds not to let [Siegelman] discuss court activities in the media!” At Siegelman’s sentencing, the prosecutors urged the judge to use these public statements by Siegelman as grounds for increasing his prison sentence. They vehemently sought 30 years for this prosecution of something never before rendered, a decision contradicting McCormick LOOK IT UP BITCHES finding bribery MUST contain an element of quid pro quo exacting a purpose, a direct correlation between the giving and the receipt of value. Ask any Alabama Republican about another former governor, this one Republican, prosecuted by the same prosecutor, found (under McCormick) to have personally benefited: probation.
The local TV station conveniently goes black during the 60 MIN unveiling of just how evil this scheme the Repugnant Party hatched had become by the time it was turned away in absolute chastising by a legitimate court. The rest is clouded in a patina of shame that taints all Americans. Read it yourself.
The lack of media coverage of both sides of this story is appalled, alarming even. The fact that Barack Obama hasn’t intervened in this but to buttress the original government prosecution once again proves the corporate machine rules all, and the elites, on both sides of the aisle despise us and all the Siegelman-like qualities we exhibit. Fer example, still thinking we live in the kind of country our forebears handed us. We should be ashamed collectively.
WHAT CONCERNS ME MOST is he was popular enough to be elected Governor twice, although the second was stolen, and therefore ALL THOSE ALABAMANS have been duped or shuttered into submission. Those not convinced by all this nonsense that this is anything but a political assassination have learned to shut their f*cking mouths. Move along. Stay behind the yellow line.
Don’t Make Waves.
Those fearful Alabamans afraid to stand up to this travesty are a harbinger of the apathy that this kind of injustice CLOAKED IN FASCISM breeds.
Alabama, you bleed YELLOW not CRIMSON.
And that for not hearing this case, that Supreme Court we got up there DC?
domestic enemy plain and simple
but they hear us knockin’
gotta find a break in this action else i’m gonna lose my mind