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NOVEMBER 01 2007

1. Siegelman Updates
2. Karl Rove's Dirty Politics in Alabama: Mayberry GOP
3. Ex-Official who Fired US Attorneys Speaks Out
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Siegelman Updates
Scott Horton of Harper's

    Career Prosecutor Says There is no Basis to Go
    After Siegelman

    Just a few days after reporting that the senior most career
    prosecutor on the Siegelman case had concluded there was
    insufficient basis to proceed on the matter...a second senior
    prosecutor... reached the same conclusion.

    A Whistleblower’s Story

    ...Several Alabama newspapers have quoted Rob Riley
    disputing [Whistleblower] Simpson’s version of events ... [he]
    told a Birmingham News reporter that he had not seen her in
    years and never tried cases with her. But she has boxes of
    records proving they tried many cases together over the
    years...

    Carlson: Siegelman and the Loyal Bushies

    ...the local U.S. attorney’s husband, Bill Canary, a top
    consultant to Alabama Republicans, said his “girls” — his wife
    and a colleague — would take care of Siegelman, all with the
    OK of his good friend and Bush adviser, Karl Rove.

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Karl Rove's Dirty Politics in Alabama
by Lou Dubose of the Washington Spectator

Mayberry GOP—The 2002 Alabama gubernatorial election included
the plot elements of a bad Southern Gothic: a Klan rally in the
backwoods; a political operative stealing the opposition's signs and
planting them at the rally; a lawyer stalking and photographing the
operative; incriminating photos used to extort a political candidate;
and a cabal of lawyers maneuvering a man into the courtroom of a
judge who promised to "hang" the defendant. There was even a
prosecutor "messing up" the case to see that the defendant made it
to the gallows.

What reads like a script written for Fred Thompson sent former
Democratic governor Don Siegelman to jail for eighty-eight months,
eliminating the politician Alabama Republicans called the "golden
child" of state politics. The story pivots on two politicized U.S.
Attorneys put in office by President Bush and former White House
senior aide Karl Rove, before Rove retired and returned to Texas.
Unlike the account of the firing of nine U.S. Attorneys, which exposed
former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's partisan zeal and utter
incompetence, this story features U.S. Attorneys who remain in office.
It also suggests that Rove played a critical and questionable role in
Siegelman's prosecution.

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Ex-Official who Fired US Attorneys Speaks
Out
Mary Whisner of Ad Trial Notes

Michael Battle, the former director of the Executive Office of U.S.
Attorneys, today spoke publicly about his role in the U.S. Attorney
firings for the first time. He was told to do it, and to tell them as little
as possible.

The people he called greeted him warmly — which made the part that
came next much more difficult.

"Listen," Battle said he told the U.S. attorneys. "I've been asked to
call you and advise you that you're being asked to submit your
resignation as U.S. attorney."


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photo: Huffington Post

Feaga and Franklin defend their
decisions in the Siegelman
Prosecution
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photo: Hubbard Website
The Hubbard's (center) and the
Canary's at the Bush Inaugural Ball

Bill Canary reportedly told Rob Riley
that his "girls" would take care of
Siegelman. One of his "girls" is his
wife Leura Garret Canary, Bush
appointed US attorney.
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photo by Smialowski/Getty Images

Mike Battle was instructed by
Gonzoles to ask for the
resignation of seven attorneys
general who were not "loyal
Bushies". The story of Don
Siegelman is about the "loyal
Bushies.'