AUGUST 06 2007

1. A motion was made that Fuller recuse himself based on conflicting
highly lucrative private business interests involving contracts from the
prosecution, the DOJ.
2. Selective Prosecution: Putting political opponents in jail is the sort
of thing that happens in third-world dictatorships.
3. Politics and Prosecutions: We need to have checks on whether the
use of charges have political motivations
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4. Letter to Don from Rose Saunders: Don, I'm sorry I sat back.
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The Pork Barrel World of Judge Mark Fuller
Scott Horton of Harper's

A post-trial motion was filed in April 2007 asking Fuller to recuse
himself based on his extensive private business interests, which turn
very heavily on contracts with the United States Government,
including the Department of Justice. The motion stated that Fuller’s
total stake in Doss Aviation was worth between $1-5 million, and that
Fuller’s income from his stock for 2004 was between $100,001 and
$1 million dollars.

<link to Harper's>

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Selective Prosecution
Editorial in New York Times

We American's have always believed that our judiciary is just and
non-partisan. But concerns are being raised that the United States is
beginning to resemble a 3rd world dictatorship, at least in Alberto
Gonzales's Justice Department.

Don Siegelman, a former Alabama governor, was the state’s most
prominent Democrat and had a decent chance of retaking the
governorship from the Republican incumbent. Instead a Republican
judiciary put their political "nemesis" in jail.

<more at the New York Times>

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Prosecutions
White Collar Crime Professionals

.... Exposing the possibility that politics has motivated some high
profile prosecutions is something that the legislature and press
needs to focus upon.  It is good to see an editorial in the NYTimes
(above) that discusses this important issue. Perhaps the case where
this scrutiny is the most needed is with respect to former Alabama
Governor Don Siegelman.  With statutes that are overbroad, and
allow prosecutors enormous discretion, it is important to have checks
on whether the use of charges in these circumstances have political
motivations.

<more at White Collar Crime Professionals>

..............................................................................................................An Open
Letter to Don Siegelman
Rose Saunders editorial in the Selma Times

.... Don, I'm sorry I sat back....On behalf of my ancestors who
suffered and died to create a true democracy tempered with justice
and mercy, I say I am sorry.

I am also sorry for our failure to teach this generation the truth about
a government who would not allow their fathers and mothers to vote
until their blood flowed on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

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...the United
States is
beginning to
resemble a 3rd
world
dictatorship...
NYT editorial
08/06/07
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Chief Judge Mark E. Fuller,
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Middle District of Alabama
and
President of Doss Aviation
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2002 Doss Annual Report  
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