Don's Story: In a nutshell

Don's Story is told here in many forms, but all are
short and sweet. Choose the one that best suits
you.

    A. Read a few articles (5):
    You don't have to read the whole website to understand this
    case. Get up to speed on the prosecution of Don Siegelman
    with  five (5) easy articles from Time/CNN, New York Times, Gulf
    Coast Newspapers, and Harpers. Go to FIVE ARTICLES below.

    B. One Shot? Find a summary of the case in one
    video, blog or audio spot:
    Only have time for ONE article or video? Go to the bottom of the
    page for a one-shot update: get a summary of the story from
    Rabbi Yonah's blog,  Wikipedia, the video at TPM and more.

    C. Dig into the story for in depth coverage in
    Harper's Online Archive "No Comment"
    The Chronicles of Don Siegelman on Harper's: Dig into Scott
    Horton's "Siegelman Archive" for a fuller understanding of the
    case. See the side bar menu on the left below for link.

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FIVE ARTICLES

1.Election Night 2002

    A controversial and unauthorized after-midnight recount
    switches election victory from Governor Siegelman to Bob
    Riley.

    Gulf Coast Newspapers Steve McConnel 6/20/07<link to source>
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2. Affidavit Points to White House

    Troubled Republican and Riley-Campaign worker, Jill
    Simpson, swears that Karl Rove is behind the Siegelman
    prosecution.

    TIME/CNN Adam Zagorin 6/01/07<link to source>
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3. The Extreme Sentencing of Don Siegelman

    The nation's eyes turn to Alabama as Siegelman is
    shackled and handcuffed, causing an uproar in
    progressives and conservatives alike.

    New York Times Editorial 6/30/07<link to source>
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4. Demand for an Inquiry into the Siegelman Case

    Congress asks the US Justice Department  for papers
    relating to the Don Siegelman case.

    The DOJ has failed to comply.

    Harper's Online "No Comment" Scott Horton 7/16/07<link to source>

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5. Ethical Questions in the Siegelman Case

    An examination of the Judge in the Siegelman trial raises
    serious questions about improprieties in this case.

    Harper's Online "No Comment" Scott Horton 7/16/07<link to source>

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ONE SHOT:
If you want a drive-by summary of the Siegelman Prosecution these
articles/blogs/video/audio summarize the case in one shot.
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    Article: Karl Rove's Dirty Tricks in Alabama
    by Lou Dubose of Washington Spectator

    Mayberry GOP—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.

    <link to source>

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    Nothing About the Prosecution of Don
    Siegelman Escapes the Taint of
    Corruption
    by David Fiderer for Huffington Post

    Siegelman's prosecution is a scandal that extends
    into the judicial branch. The legal issues before the 11th
    Circuit are the tip of a large iceberg. Louis Franklin's falsehoods
    are more indicative of the scope of the scandal, which extends
    well beyond the persecution of one politician. Throughout the
    Siegelman case, at every step in the process, we see how
    government officials worked in tandem to rig the outcome. You
    name it, they did it. Sometimes the incriminating evidence
    against the government is airtight, such as the documents
    proving that the prosecution lied, concealed evidence, and
    violated Justice Department rules. For some misconduct -
    threatening witnesses, deceiving defense counsel - the
    evidence involves one person's word contradicting another's.
    And the evidence of more serious misconduct - bribing the
    judge, jury tampering - is still circumstantial, but extremely
    compelling.

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    Larisa Alexandrovna Reports on the WH
    Politically Motivated Conviction of Gov.
    Don Siegelman -- And Rove's Role
    Interview by BuzzFlash.com

    Rove's dream was to recreate the landscape of the judicial
    system, and to install judges that were either pliable, malleable,
    and/or very, very pro-corporation. Essentially that is what he did
    in Alabama in the early Nineties. That is what this is all about. If
    you control the governor in the states where the justices are not
    elected, you control who gets on the supreme court. And that's
    essentially what this is all about for Rove ultimately. But to get
    those kinds of things done, you have to eliminate the governor
    you don't want and install the governor you do want. There are
    a lot of corporate interests funding this. So it intersects in that
    sense. It's buying the law and restructuring the state judiciary.

    <more>

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    Encyclopedia: Don Siegelman
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Donald Eugene "Don" Siegelman (born February 24, 1946, in
    Mobile, Alabama) is an American Democratic politician. He was
    the governor of Alabama from 1999 to 2003. Don Siegelman is
    the only person in the history of Alabama to be elected to serve
    in all four of the top statewide offices: Secretary of State,
    Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Governor. He
    served in Alabama politics for 26 years, winning his first election
    for the governorship with 57% of the vote, including over 90% of
    the African-American electorate.

    <more>

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    Video Piece: Did Karl Rove sic the Justice
    Department on former Alabama Gov. Don
    Siegelman?
    by Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo

    This video produced by Josh Marshall lasts 7:58 minutes. It covers the
    case up until just before sentencing on June 28, 2007.
    <link to video>

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    Radio Interview: The case of Alabama Gov.
    Don Siegelman
    by Chris Cook of Atlantic Free Press, Gorilla Radio

    "...Don Siegelman will play a very huge role in the future
    fortunes of the Republican party..." Chris Cook of Atlantic Free
    Press

    The radio program by Chris Cook lasts 30 minutes ( the Horton Interview
    occurs in the first 15 minutes) and covers the case until Sept. 9, 2007.
    <link to audio>

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    Blog: Free Don Siegelman

    by Rabbi Yonah of English-writing Israeli-Bloggers

    Don Siegelman was a highly popular Democratic Governor of
    Alabama. He is the only person to ever have served Alabama by
    being elected to its four highest offices.

    What horrific crime did he commit?

    <link to source>

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photo: Harper's

Harper's:
The Chronicles of
Don Siegelman
a series of online articles by
Scott Horton

Starting June 1, 2007, Scott
Horton has been following the
strange case of former
Alabama Governor Don
Siegelman,  imprisoned for
nine months on a conviction of
charges of bribery, conspiracy
and mail fraud. Siegelman's
case has ramifications far
outside of Alabama. It
connects to Karl Rove, the
Department of Justice under
Alberto Gonzales, and to the
corruption of our news media
by political interests.

Horton's research is ongoing.
You can read more of it here.
Video posted June 28 at 2:44 pm
Produced by Josh Marshall
<link to video at TPM>
Home page for the Media Archive concerning Don SiegelmanPress and Media before 2008Press 2008Press 2009Last Month's PressThis month's and recent press
Photo: capture from MSNBC site

“Bush League Justice” is a series
on MSNBC about how the Bush
Administration has politicized the  
Justice Department.
The last in a series of investigative
reports, "Alabama Outrage",
features the Don Siegelman Case
in Alabama.
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Link to more video on the
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SIEGELMAN ARCHIVES
Interviews with Don Siegelman on
Air America
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The permanent Republican
majority:
by Larisa Alexandrovna
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LOCAL ALABAMA BLOGS
Locust Fork Journal
search on Don Siegelman
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Search Blog : Don Siegelman
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