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OCTOBER 23 2007
House Judiciary Hearing Proceedings
1. Judiciary Hearing on Allegations of Selective Prosecution
2. Former AG testifies
3. Video Siegelmania!
4. An Empirical Examination of the Political Profiling of Elected
Officials
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Judiciary Hearing on Allegations of Selective
Prosecution
by Jesse Lee of The Gavel

The Judiciary Subcommittees on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland
Security and Commercial and Administrative Law are currently
holding a joint hearing, “Allegations of Selective Prosecution: The
Erosion of Public Confidence in Our Federal Justice System.”
Witness include Richard Thornburgh of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart
Preston Gates Ellis LLP in Washington, DC; Donald C. Shields Ph.D.
of the University of Missouri - St. Louis; and G. Douglas Jones Esq.
of Whatley, Drake, and Kallas in Birmingham, AL.


Video of 3 testimonies on the "The Gavel"  
here.

Documentation and videocast links are here.

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Former AG Testifies About Alleged
Prosecutorial Misconduct in Justice
Department

Today, former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh testified that he
believes the Department of Justice (DoJ) sought to prosecute a
Pennsylvania Democrat for political reasons.

Video of a segment of Thornburgh's testimony is available
here.

...Supporting documents related to all of the cases discussed at
today's hearing are available
here.

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Video Siegelmania!
By Paul Kiel YouTube/TMP

... video from House Judiciary Committee hearing on selective
prosecutions, where ex-Gov. Don Siegelman's (D-AL) was the
marquee case:























....Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) made a hard run at Jill Simpson, the
Republican lawyer who's testified that Alabama Republicans ... would
take Siegelman down. Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) rose to her defense,
and Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney himself and lawyer for
Siegelman, testified that the case took on a new life in 2005 after
officials in Washington got involved.

<link to source>

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An Empirical Examination of the Political
Profiling of Elected Officials:
A Report on Selective Investigations and/or Indictments by the DOJ's
U. S. Attorneys under Attorneys General Ashcroft and Gonzales

presented by Donald C. Shields, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus Department of Communication, University of Missouri
shieldsd@umkc.edu

    The advantage of a federal prosecution is that prosecutors are
    immune from petty party politics . . . . State prosecutions that
    are the result of partisan politics are suspect in the minds of
    American jurors who deliberate not only upon the facts but with
    respect to issues of fairness.1

So goes the popular bromide or notion (I call the whole statement a
rhetorical fantasy) depicting the lack of bias – and at the same time
implying the superiority – of federal investigation and prosecution
when compared to non-federal law enforcement. I find it ironic that at
this particular time anyone can regard U.S. Attorneys—our nation’s
“chief law-enforcement officers”—as independent or, in Dreyer's
words, “immune from petty party politics.”
2

Irony appears an apt descriptor given the revelations provided by my
recent interim report of a study on federal political profiling of elected
Democrat officials and candidates
3 and the concurrent disclosures
about partisan politics surrounding the firings of the “Gonzales 8”
(some say 15) – as revealed through U.S. Senate and House
Judiciary Committee hearings, witness testimony, and released public
documents.
4

<link to PDF document (45 pages) of testimony before U.S. House of Representatives
Judiciary Committee's Joint Hearing : "Allegations of Selective Prosecution: The Erosion of
Public Confidence in our Federal Justice System." >

Or read a similar article based on this research at Political News:
<link to article>
photo: AL Gov Website

The House Judiciary Committee
begins hearings on selective
prosecutions by the Justice
Department today ( Oct 23, 2007).
Of particular interest is the
prosecution of Don Siegelman,
former Democratic governor of
Alabama. Some say his case was
politically motivated.
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

Former Attorney General Dick
Thornburgh testified that he
believes the Department of Justice
(DoJ) sought to prosecute a
Pennsylvania Democrat for political
reasons.
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Transcript of the
Shields Study:
PDF 45 pages
Title - An Empirical Examination of the
Political Profiling of Elected Officials: A
Report on Selective Investigations
and/or Indictments by the DOJ's U. S.
Attorneys under Attorneys General
Ashcroft and Gonzales
<LINK>