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OCTOBER 23 2007     

1. Joint Hearing on Allegations of Selective Prosecution
2. Former Attorney General Raps White House
3. Mr. Siegelman goes to Washington
4. Imprisoned Siegelman gets day on Capitol Hill
5. Alabama Voices: Not political Tool
6. Lawmakers Investigate Selective Prosecutions
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Joint Hearing on Allegations of Selective
Prosecution

    10:00 AM
    2141 Rayburn House Office Building
    By Direction of the Chairman

Rep. John Conyers, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee,
presides over a hearing concerning Allegations of Selective
Prosecution.

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Former Attorney General Raps White House
Ben Evans of AP

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.Jones, a former U.S. attorney under President Clinton, said he was
given strong hints by local prosecutors in 2004 that the [Siegelman]
case might be fading after several years of investigation. But in late
2004, Jones said, local prosecutor Steve Feaga told him that officials
in Washington had ordered a "top to bottom" review.

Shortly after that, he said, Washington seemed to take over.

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Imprisoned Siegelman gets day on Capitol
Hill
by Mary Orndoff and Brett Blackledge of  Birmingham News

...Siegelman's will be one of three cases reviewed in today's hearing,
but he is the highest-ranking public official of the three and the only
one who is behind bars.

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ALABAMA VOICES: Not political tool
by Artur Davis for the Montgomery Advertiser

....What I return to, however, is my moral conviction that the criminal
justice system cannot be twisted into a weapon to eliminate or
discredit political enemies. I have heard a few suggestions that there
is a "no harm, no foul" rule, that if a defendant is actually guilty of
wrongdoing, that an improper motivation is mitigated. I cannot agree.

If prosecutorial discretion is laced with any improper bias, from
partisanship to race to self-interest, the results will be consistently
more wrong than right -- and good people will have one more reason
to shy away from a public life.

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Lawmakers Investigate Selective
Prosecutions
by Debbie Elliott  of NPR "Morning Edition"

The House Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing on what
some Democrats are calling selective prosecutions by the Justice
Department, apparently aimed at helping Republican candidates get
elected. Of particular interest is the prosecution of Don Siegelman,
former Democratic governor of Alabama.

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Where did the NPR audio of Jill Simpson come from?  
Birmingham News - Blackledge Interview  
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House Judiciary Subcommittees
Hold Joint Oversight Hearing on
Selective Prosecution today.
Under the microscope is the case
of Don Siegelman and others.
Gary Tramontina for The NYT

Democratic Representative Artur
Davis challenges the "no harm, no
foul" rule. In prosecutorial
discretion, he states, you cannot
justify improper bias from
partisanship, race or self-interest.
photo: AP/Lawrence Jackson
Doug Jones, former US
Attorney,claims that Feaga said
that Washington ordered a "top
to bottom" review.
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Photo: public domain
Former Alabama Governor
Don Siegelman

House Hearing on
Selective Prosecution puts the
case of Don Siegelman and
others under the microscope.