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NOVEMBER 02 2007

1. Prosecutorial Obstruction of Justice in the Siegelman Case
2. NPR Radio interview: EX-Official Who Fired U.S. Attorneys Speaks
Out
3. $3.6 billion ruling rejected (Alabama court vacates the fraud
verdict against ExxonMobile)
4. Use of grand jury debated in Siegelman case
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Prosecutorial Obstruction of Justice in the
Siegelman Case
Scott Horton of Harper's

A retired senior Justice Department career prosecutor writes that,
with the disclosure that the two most senior career prosecutors on
the Siegelman case believed there was no basis to bring criminal
charges against the former Alabama governor, the riddle
surrounding Leura Canary’s decision to withhold roughly 600 pages
of documents relating to the case from Congressional scrutiny comes
a bit closer to solution.

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Ex-Official Who Fired U.S. Attorneys Speaks Out
Ari Shapiro of  "Morning Edition" at NPR

[listen to Interview]

The man who asked for the resignation of seven federal prosecutors,
leading to the eventual ouster of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales,
publicly described his role in the dismissals for the first time on
Thursday.

Before he came to Washington, Battle was the U.S. attorney for
Buffalo, N.Y. He still considers himself friends with many of the people
he had to fire, saying, "Once a U.S. attorney, always a U.S. attorney."

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$3.6 billion ruling rejected
by David White of Birmingham News

....The court wrote that McCooey should have ruled that there was no
fraud [and]... no punitive damages, by entering a judgment ... in
Exxon's favor and never presenting that question of fraud to a jury.

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Use of grand jury debated in Siegelman case
By Bob Johnson The Associated Press

"The only thing that happened is when we had our discussions about
convening a special grand jury, there was a part of our team that did
not agree with that decision," Franklin said.

....The statements by Franklin come in the aftermath of testimony
Oct. 23 before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee by Doug Jones, a
former U.S. attorney ....

Franklin has repeatedly disputed claims that the Siegelman case was
politically manipulated in Washington, and pointed to the grand jury
issue to back up his assertion that career prosecutors in Montgomery
made the crucial calls that led to the trial and convictions.

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photo by Smialowski/Getty Images

Mike Battle was instructed to ask
for the resignation of seven
attorneys general who were not
loyal Bushies. The Siegelman
Case is about loyal Bushies that
were NOT fired..
photo: video freeze from FTR interview

Mrs. Bill (Leura) Canary was
appointed by Bush to the position
of  U.S. Attorney in Montgomery.  
She is one of Bill Canary's "girls"
commissioned with "taking care"
of Siegelman.
photo: Huffington Post

Career Prosecutor Franklin,
assistant  to  Leura Canary,
contends that it is he, not
Washington,  that was
responsible for the prosecution of
Siegelman.
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