SEPTEMBER 23 2007

1. In Alabama, the Smoke of an Emerging Scandal is revealed in the
Goff papers.
2. Siegelman's Case Bolstered by Refusal to supply documents in
the criminal investigation of former Gov. Don Siegelman
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In Alabama, the Smoke of an Emerging Scandal
By Scott Horton of Harper's

A primary concern that Abramoff and Scanlon allegedly fanned with
the Choctaws was that the Alabama Poarch Band of Creek Indians
would construct a competing casino operation [in Alabama]. The Goff
papers question Riley’s dealings with the Creeks on their gaming
initiative, an effort in which Riley appears to have involved his friend
and the wife of his campaign advisor, U.S. Attorney Leura Canary.

The Goff papers also suggest that Riley received large sums of
money from a special political action committee controlled by
disgraced former Republican House Leader Tom DeLay, and that
monies from various gaming sources were laundered to Riley
through the Republican Governors Association. And they note the
core involvement of Twinkle Andress, the state G.O.P. chair who
apparently also had deep lobbying connection with the Mississippi
Choctaws. Andress is currently Riley’s Chief of Staff.

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Siegelman’s case bolstered by refusal
Editorial Tuscaloosa News

The Justice Department’s stonewalling of requests for documents in
the criminal investigation of former Gov. Don Siegelman only
strengthens charges that the case was politically motivated.

Siegelman, a Democrat, was convicted in 2006 on political corruption
charges. He maintained throughout that the Republican Justice
Department targeted him for political reasons.

Justice officials denied the claim, but the fact that they are
withholding documents in the case doesn’t boost their credibility.

At first, the Justice Department {claimed] it had no documents related
to the recusal.

.... It turned out that the Justice Department had 516 pages of
documents relating to the case

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photo: Reuters
Jack Abramoff helped  the Choctaws
launder casino money to Riley
through the Republican Governor's
Association.
Leura Canary was involved in
Riley's questionable dealings with
the Creeks, and served to divert
investigation away from
Riley/Abramoff in Alabama toward
Siegelman.
photo: Reuters/Downing

Riley said:
Where there is smoke there's fire.
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