In the last 24 hours I've been barraged by people asking if I caught the story on former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman 60 minutes last night. I didn't, but I caught it over the noon hour today.
Is Don Siegelman in prison because he’s a criminal or because he belonged to the wrong political party in Alabama? Siegelman is the former governor of Alabama, and he was the most successful Democrat in that Republican state. But while he was governor, the U.S. Justice Department launched multiple investigations that went on year after year until, finally, a jury convicted Siegelman of bribery.
Now, many Democrats and Republicans have become suspicious of the Justice Department’s motivations. As correspondent Scott Pelley reports, 52 former state attorneys-general have asked Congress to investigate whether the prosecution of Siegelman was pursued not because of a crime but because of politics.
Go to that website and watch the video. It's thirteen and a half minutes long. It's good but it's kinda troubling.
Siegelman is doing seven years in a federal penitentiary. A Republican lawyer has come forward and says Karl Rove asked her to try to catch Siegelman cheating on his wife. She was asked to take pictures. She spied on him for months but came up empty. The lawyer said she has come forward because Siegelman's sentence is really bothering her.
Karl Rove's friends -- the federal prosecutors in Alabama -- investigated and prosecuted Siegelman repeatedly. The first case was thrown out by the trial judge on the first day of trial. The case was so weak, the judge didn't even let the prosecutors call their first witness.
Prosecutors eventually re-charged Siegelman. The federal prosecutors made their star witness write out his story "over and over" until he got it the way they wanted it. They met with him 70 times. The star witness was under investigation for bribery and cut a deal for a lighter sentence in exchange for his testimony against Siegelman.
Rove has been subpoenaed to appear before Congress to testify about this, but he has refused to go.
This is just one more little taste of what we have gotten under the leadership of the Republicans.