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OCTOBER 05 2007

1. TIME reports on the Political Prosecutions in Alabama
2. Lobbyist also gave to GOP
3. Time raises questions over political donations
4, Prosecutor Refutes Rumors: Franklin responds to TIME article
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TIME Reports on the Political Prosecutions in
Alabama
By Scott Horton of Harper's

Today, Time Magazine delivers us a tiny appetizer for the feast which
is approaching. It publishes as its cover story for the next issue the
first pieces of its research project looking at the Siegelman case.
Time poses the question: Was this a politically motivated
prosecution? And it answers the question: Yes.

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also gave to GOP
By Kim Chandler and Mary Orndoff of Birmingham News

Disclosure fuels allegations Siegelman singled out for charges
Lanny Young, a lobbyist and key witness against former Gov. Don
Siegelman, told federal investigators six years ago that he also
illegally funneled money to two top Republicans.

The disclosure has fueled allegations that Siegelman, a Democrat,
was singled out for prosecution and treated differently from
Republican politicians in Alabama, in part because some of the
investigators worked for one of the Republicans that Young named.

However, the acting U.S. attorney in the Siegelman case said
Thursday that Young never indicated that the Republican politicians
knew what he was doing, nor did Young indicate that the Republicans
did anything criminal.

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Time raises questions over political donations
By Brian Lyman of Mobile Press Register

....The Time report says that Young, a landfill developer, told
prosecutors he had "personally provided Sessions with campaign
contributions" in 1996, totaling between $15,000 and $22,000. Those
contributions would have violated federal law at the time, which
capped individual campaign contributions at $1,000 per person.

Young also claimed to have given Pryor $12,000 to $15,000 for
Pryor's 1998 campaign for attorney general. In both cases, Young
told investigators that he used intermediaries to get the money to the
men.

....Stephen Boyd, a spokesman for Sessions' office, said Sessions
had only received a $1,000 contribution from Lanny Young in 1995.
Asked if he had received money from Young's associates, Boyd said,
"I don't know who Lanny Young's associates are."

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Siegelman, Scrushy Prosecutor Refutes Rumors
WSFA TV Montomery

Statement from:

Acting United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr.
United States Attorney's Office, Middle District of Alabama

Recently, a number of articles, editorials, and postings on blogs have
been authored by out-of-state reporters, columnists, and bloggers
about the investigation and prosecution of Don Siegelman and
Richard Scrushy.  Though these media reports appear to be part of
an orchestrated disinformation campaign about the case, they have
generated questions that I want to address once and for all on the
record because I believe the public has a right to know the truth.

Leura Canary was not involved, in any way, in any of the decisions
about who would and would not be prosecuted. Her recusal was
scrupulously honored by me.

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Steve Feaga, an assistant U.S.
Attorney in Canary's office,
counters, "I'm confident that we
investigated every viable federal
crime and prosecuted them."
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