AUGUST 05 2007

1. A Failure of Skepticism: Concerns about the quality of justice
meted out by the Bush Justice Department and in federal courts in
Alabama.
2. Lessons from Soviet-Style Show Trail of Don Siegelman --
Learned or Unlearned?

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A failure of skepticism is apparent in coverage of the
Siegelman trial
By Scott Horton Special to The Anniston Star

When Siegelman was dragged away from his sentencing hearing
bound in handcuffs and manacles on orders of federal judge Mark
Fuller, the scene was sufficiently shocking that even  conservative
Republican Rep. Spencer Bachus of Birmingham questioned the
treatment given the former governor.

Forty-four former attorneys general from around the country, a good
many of them Republicans, taking note of the often-crude
irregularities in the prosecution, trial and sentencing proceedings,
petitioned Congress for a special probe of the case. Congress, in the
form of the House Judiciary Committee, decided to act, issuing as a
first step a demand that the Justice Department supply documents
relating to its prosecution of Siegelman.

Nothing quite like this has ever happened before, and it reflects a
very high level of skepticism on the national stage about the quality
of justice meted out by the Bush Justice Department generally, and
particularly in federal courts in Alabama.

<more at the Anniston Star>

..............................................................................................................Lessons
from Soviet-Style Show Trail of Don Siegelman --
Learned or Unlearned?

....If a political leader as popular and as successful as Siegelman can
be sent to federal prison on such trumped up charges, who is safe?

There are important lessons to be learned from the Siegelman case.

If they are learned, we will see the Bush-Cheney regime brought
down in accord with the US Constitution, or at the very least, we will
somehow limp into the 2008 national elections without having
launched another war or undergone a declaration of martial law, and
then turn the page.

But if these lessons go unlearned, your children and your children's
children will know little or nothing truthful about what patriots -- from
Tom Paine and Patrick Henry thru Medgar Evers, Dr. King and the
Kennedy brothers to Pat Tillman and Paul Wellstone -- really lived,
fought and in many cases died for.

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Chief Judge Mark E. Fuller,
U.S. District Court for the Middle
District of Alabama pictured at a
2005 law clerk reception, sponsored
by the Montgomery
chapter of the Federal Bar
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