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OCTOBER 02 2007

1. Congress will hold hearing the on Siegelman prosecution after
Simpson testimony and more
2. Siegelman's Case headed for Washington thanks to efforts by
Congressman Artur Davis and others
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Congress Will Hold Hearing on Siegelman
Prosecution
By Glynn Wilson of Locust Fork Journal

....The decision to hold a formal hearing follows several weeks of
behind-the-scenes negotiations with the Department of Justice over
the release of internal documents related to Siegelman's case - and
the Sept. 14 closed-door interview with GOP whistleblower Jill
Simpson.

The Judiciary Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. John Conyers,
D-Mich., has been pursuing claims that Republican appointees in the
Justice Department and elsewhere in government intentionally
targeted Democrats for political advantage, a claim made by
Siegelman throughout his trial and sentencing.

Conyers and three other Democratic members of the panel opened
an inquiry into Siegelman's case on July 17, also focusing on the
overturned conviction of Wisconsin civil servant Georgia Thompson
and the charges brought against Pennsylvania coroner Cyril Wecht.
At the time, the members of Congress said they suspected the trio
were victims of "selective prosecution."

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case headed for Congress
By Mary Orndoff of Biringham News

WASHINGTON - Former Gov. Don Siegelman's case will be part of an
upcoming congressional hearing into whether Republican federal
prosecutors pursued criminal cases against certain Democrats for
partisan reasons.

The hearing, one of several probing the actions of former U.S.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the Department of Justice,
will be a joint session of the panel that handles commercial and
administrative law, and another that handles crime, terrorism and
homeland security.

Davis pleased'

.... the congressman is "pleased the committee has decided to
pursue the political prosecutions issue with a hearing and he'll stand
by to wait and see what the committee decides to do further."

Davis, citing a June 30 editorial in the New York Times about
Siegelman's case, agreed that the committee should investigate and
wrote Conyers July 6 with the request. He argued that improper
political meddling was "not implausible" and that Siegelman's actions
were not criminal.

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Congress will hold hearings
focusing on Former Alabama Gov.
Don Siegelman and others
Photo: Congressman Davis' website

Alabama Congressman Artur
Davis wrote US Rep
JohnConyers July 6 with the
request to investigate the
Siegelman Prosecution. He
argued that improper political
meddling was "not
implausible" and that
Siegelman's actions were not
criminal.
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