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Written by Chet   
Monday, 25 February 2008 10:57

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.

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truenob said:

I watched the report and boys; I have to tell you it?s going to make you sick! What Rove and the Bush-Cheney crime family have done to this man is an absolute travesty. The problem here is the same one that haunts North Dakota?s WSI investigation, no matter what is investigated, audited or claimed there is no penalty or any recourse for the conspirators who engage in these crimes. It doesn?t matter whether they admit that they are guilty or not! Nothing, not a word from our legal system, not so much as a reprimand for criminal actions in case of WSI. We all need to demand our representatives in Congress not just engage in another investigation but if these allegations are proven that Carl Rove and his co-conspirators spend the rest of their lives in jail for political corruption. Let them drag it out until Bush is out of office and then if they implicate Bush and Cheney indict them also and maybe we can get some of the political corruption stopped. Might give Cheney and good reason to shoot another lawyer though! Sorry Chet!
February 26, 2008
Votes: +3

DAG said:

A few links...
There has been a lot of traffic in the blogosphere about this over the past few months.
February 26, 2008
Votes: +0

Doug D.Riley said:

It's A Real Shame
It's a real shame that we have a country as great as the United States an in it we have two sets of laws,the laws that we have to obey everyday and the people that are above the laws-in my opinion the people that we elect to run our states an country that miss use this power should be given at least twice if not three times as much time in the pen as a regular person would get-for one they have totally hurt or destroyed thousands of lives for either personal gain of either money or power or for both,and as the way i see it ontil this is done it will be very hard to end the corruption in this state as well as this country,as long as these people think that they are above the law-untouchable-and even if they are caught they only get a slap on the hand there will be no change-you will see more an more wsi BS across the country-wsi is'nt above the law-theres just no LAWMAN willing to step forward to enforce the LAW....
February 26, 2008
Votes: +1

Bro in Seattle said:

Rove again? sheez.

The Bush Family Annual Reunion and Summer Picnic, beginning summer 2009, are likely pre-scheduled, until further notice for... an exotic Bush family ranch experience in Paraguay!


But I can't find info link after November 2006 on the story - anybody? Was it ever confirmed? Looks like the story as news... vaporized...

Chet? How bout a investigative vacation in Paraguay to follow-up?

If there's any truth to it - there's a plenty nough space on that spread for Rove, (and Rice and the rest of the clan too) to put up their horses and sit a spell. No extradition - all sounds quite nice.

- Bro in Seattle
February 26, 2008
Votes: +2

Big Jake said:

The Rove/Bush/Cheney machine is a wonder to watch. Star chamber justice par excellance.

The truth of the matter is that this bunch has been at it for a long time---Nixon/Ford era---a patient group. It will take a long time to undue the damage to the Republic.

The Alabama affair just cannot be tolerated. In reality, the WSI mess is cut from the same cloth. These folks have convinced themselves in the right of their efforts and that they are above the law as it applies to the rest of the world. So far, they are getting away with it. Wefald did his part in the issuance of a political decision. Just what the ND Supreme Court will do we will just have to wait and see. Whatever they decide will give us insight into just how far this far right Republican/ND Chamber cabal has gone.

Whatever way it goes, it WILL be a major political issue this fall. Us North Dakotans may be slow to react and just don't like controversy but I predict that we will react at the polls in November---we like corruption even less and will quietly throw some of the "bums" out.

"Men go mad in herds and regain their sanity one at a time."
February 26, 2008
Votes: +4

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