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OCTOBER 24 2007

1. A Whistleblower's Tale
2. A Tale of Intrigue and Political Incest
3. A Primer in Political Prosecution
4. Tilting the scales of justice - Gonzoles politicized Justice
5. Selective Prosecution Probe of Siegelman Case
6. Well, Well, Weller - offers an explanation for failure to investigate
7. Another conflicted prosecutor in the Siegelman Case
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A Whistleblower's Tale
by Glynn Wilson for The Nation

....Did the attacks go beyond mere words? On February 21, just after
Simpson began to leak what she knew about the phone conversation
with the Alabama Bar Association, one of Siegelman's lawyers and
lawyers for Richard Scrushy, Simpson's family home in Rainsville
burned down. A cursory investigation of the house fire by the
Rainsville Fire Department and Simpson's insurance company turned
up no evidence of arson.

....But the coincidental timing of the incidents scared her,
nevertheless. "I made the decision in May to speak truth to power,"
Simpson said in an interview. "Anytime you speak truth to power,
there are great risks. I've been attacked," she says, but she felt a
"moral obligation" to speak up.

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A Tale of Intrigue and Political Incest
by Mooncat of Daily Kos

...And once you read their letters, and it's mentioned in Judge Diaz's
letter that John Grisham, a distinguished author, former member of
the Mississippi House of Representatives, has written a lot about
Mississippi in fiction.  But once you read their letters, it looks like
something that's even more scary.  It looks like a tale of intrigue, of
political incest in the highest orders and places of the Mississippi
Justice Department  that attempts to get even with folks on the other
side of the aisle.

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A Primer in Political Prosecution
by Scott Horton of Harper's

A United States Attorney [said] “I know your client thinks he’s
innocent.... And in fact, I don’t have the evidence to make out my
case. No matter. I just plan to throw shit at the wall and sit back and
watch as some of it drips down on him. We’ll get him.”

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Tilting the Scales of Justice
Editorial NYT

Every time we take a look at the United States attorney scandal,
more evidence emerges that Alberto Gonzales politicized the Justice
Department to the point where it sometimes seems like a branch of
the Republican National Committee.

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'Selective Prosecution' Probe of Siegelman
Case
WSFA TV Montgomery

"I've never lost any sleep over this case. I know we did the right thing
and I know we did it for the right reasons, and there was absolutely
no partisan politics that played a role in this case," Franklin goes on
to say.

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Well, Weller
Legal Schnauzer

...The [B'ham] News digs up Weller to offer an explanation for the
government's decision not to pursue allegations by Alabama
developer Lanny Young that he had offered bribes to Republicans
William Pryor and Jeff Sessions. [Exposed in
TIME Oct 4 - 2007].

....Weller tells us that the USA office checked out Young's allegations
regarding Sessions and Pryor, but just couldn't find any quid pro quo
that would amount to federal bribery.

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Another Conflicted Prosecutor in the
Siegelman Case
by Scott Horton of Harper's

"But Julia Weller, a former assistant U.S. attorney who worked on the
case then, said they found no “quid pro quo,” or evidence to show
the Republicans [Sessions and Pryor] knew about the alleged
donations or did anything in exchange for them. “We did follow up on
it,” Weller said.

....The “former prosecutor” [Weller] who is trotted out to tell us that
Leura Canary’s shop handled proper procedures in looking into the
allegations against Pryor and Sessions is the wife of Pryor’s attorney
and a key figure in the Pryor and Sessions campaigns. So how, from
the simple perspective of prosecutorial ethics—which are very clear
on this point—does she even come to be involved in the matter?

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photo: AL Gov Website

The House Judiciary Committee
began 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.
photo: Huffington Post
Career Prosecutor Franklin,
assistant  to  Leura Canary,  
contends that he, not  
Washington  that was responsible
for the prosecution of Siegelman.
photo: public domain
Mississippi Lawyer, Paul Minor,
subject of political prosecution.