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OCTOBER 16 2007

1. 2003 affidavit raises serious questions about Siegelman Judge
Fuller
2. Unmasking Judge Fuller
3. Lawyer denies threat allegation ( Riley attempts to build conspiracy
theory - Dems out to get my Dad)
4. What should we do about rogue prosecutors?
5. DOJ Scandal Deepens, Siegelman Judge Exposed
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2003 Affidavit Raises Serious Questions About
Siegelman Judge
by Scott Horton of Harper's

....In the affidavit, [attorney Paul] Weeks accuses [Judge] Fuller of
engaging in criminal conduct both before and after he came on to the
bench. The charges include perjury, criminal conspiracy, a criminal
attempt to defraud the Retirement System of Alabama, misuse of
office as a District Attorney, and an obstruction of his background
check by the FBI in connection with the review of his appointment by
President Bush to the bench.
....after the affidavit was transmitted to the Justice Department, no
individual from Noel Hillman’s group ever contacted him to follow up
on any of the allegations or to request any of the documentation that
was cited in the affidavit.

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Unmasking Judge Fuller
Legal Schnauzer

....Weeks says he was warned by someone in the Montgomery
federal court clerk's office that, once the case was in Alabama, it was
likely to be decided based on politics, not on its merits. Weeks'
concerns about political influence on the case only heightened when
he looked into Fuller's background.

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Lawyer denies threat allegation
By Francis X. Gilpin of Montgomery Advertiser

....Thomas T. Gallion III, who along with another lawyer is suing the
governor on behalf of a local insurance executive, denied ever
saying to Robert R. Riley Jr. that "this is war" in relation to the lawsuit.
....He said the last time he spoke to Riley, ...was four years before
Gallion filed the lawsuit on behalf of insurance executive John W.
Goff.

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How Worried Should We Be About Rogue
Prosecutors?
by Bradford Plumer  of  The New Republic

Another month, another GOP attorney scandal. Let's look at the
latest, shall we? Back in 2005, federal prosecutors threw corruption
charges at Don Siegelman, the popular Democratic ex-governor of
Alabama, just as he was running to reclaim the governor's seat. Not
surprisingly, he lost his primary race, and was later sentenced to
seven years in prison. Now, it turns out, according to a recent Time
report, that a key witness in the case, lobbyist Lanny Young, had
originally told investigators that he had bribed not just Siegelman, but
several key Alabama Republicans as well, including now-Senator Jeff
Sessions. Yet the prosecutors--Republicans one and all--only went
after Siegelman. How curious.

....Davis has called on judges to impose harsher sanctions for foul
play, a cultural shift that's likely to be slow in coming: As CPI found,
across the country prosecutors have faced disciplinary proceedings
in only 44 cases since 1963. No easy answers here. All the same,
one would hope that the Alabama and Duke cases might, at the very
least, raise a few hard questions.

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DOJ Scandal Deepens, Siegelman Judge
Exposed
by FishOutOfWater of the Daily KOS

Mark Fuller, an Alabama judge appointed by George Bush as been
accused of pension fraud, misuse of his office, perjury, criminal
conspiracy and obstruction of the FBI's background check for the
Federal Judiciary. These charges were made well before Fuller was
assigned to prosecute Don Siegelman, former Democratic governor
of Alabama....However, he was allowed to preside over the
Siegelman case. These charges of criminal activity were
corroborated by signed documents by public officials involved in
exposing the alleged pension fraud by Judge Fuller.

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Noel Hillman
Former Chief of the Office of
Public Integrity
photo from alabar.com
Chief Judge Mark E. Fuller,
An affidavit exposes a number of
charges of unethical and criminal
conduct against Fuller both before
and after he was appointed to the
bench.
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