Jul 22, 2009

Stand with Don Siegelman

A critical victim of a banana-republic political persecution fights on—Donald Siegelman, former governor of Alabama (1999 to 2003).

We need to stand with Donald Siegelman, a victim of Karl Rove and the Bush Department of Justice.

Siegelman was convicted in 2007 on a charge of being a successful Democrat in Alabama, though the official charges are bribery and mail fraud. It's utter bull shit.

As Lou Debose writes:

The 2002 Alabama gubernatorial election included the plot elements of a bad Southern Gothic: a Klan rally in the backwoods; a political operative stealing the opposition's signs and planting them at the rally; a lawyer stalking and photographing the operative; incriminating photos used to extort a political candidate; and a cabal of lawyers maneuvering a man into the courtroom of a judge who promised to ‘hang’ the defendant. There was even a prosecutor ‘messing up’ the case to see that the defendant made it to the gallows.
Make no mistake, this was a Bush-league, third-world prosecution.

Asks Brad Friedman, “How it's even possible that former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman's bribery case and conviction has not long ago been dropped by the Dept. of Justice is beyond us?”
Good question. Friedman has a new piece up: New Evidence Reveals Feds 'Coached, Cajoled, Threatened' Star Witness in Siegelman Case.

To keep up with latest developments and what you can do to take action, please visit Donald Siegelman's site and stand with justice.

Writes Friedman:

In 2008, 52 former state attorneys-general, both Republican and Democratic, asked Congress to investigate the dubious prosecution of Siegelman. Last month, Karl Rove testified to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee behind closed doors, about this case, and others related to the U.S. Attorney Purge scandal. The information from that lengthy interview has not yet been released.

The government is required to file their brief in reply to Siegelman's new motion next week. He is currently free on probation, pending his ongoing appeal and now, potentially, new trial.

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