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DECEMBER 22 2007

1. Siegelman Accuser Released
2. Don's Right of Appeal Held Up
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Siegelman Accuser Released
by Scott Horton of Harper's

....As Time magazine’s Adam Zagorin recounts, Young came in to the
discussions with the Justice Department telling them he had dynamite
information linking Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions
and then-Alabama Attorney General William Pryor to corruption. He
also had something quite trivial relating to Governor Siegelman.

But it turns out that the prosecutors didn’t want to hear a word about
the big-name Republicans. They only cared about Siegelman.

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Don's Right of Appeal Held Up
email from Pam Miles ( Alabama Democratic Ativist )

With all the information flying around about the political origins of the
investigation, trial, and conviction of Don, some basic irrefutable post-
verdict facts are being overlooked.  They – in and of themselves –
open an entirely new situation that is equally egregious and deal with
Don’s rights of appeal.

    Don is nearing his sixth month in prison on a bribery conviction
    even though he never was given anything by Richard Scrushy.


    The 11th circuit asked Judge Mark Fuller to explain why
    Siegelman was taken immediately to prison and he – in his own
    written order – refused their request. (Order on file)


    The 11th circuit asked Judge Fuller a second time to explain
    why Don was denied an appeal bond.  They asked him to do
    so in an expedited manner.  It has been over 35 days and he
    has yet to respond.  Meanwhile Don remains in prison. (Order
    on file)


    A key witness who had pleaded guilty and cooperated with the
    Government, Lanny Young, was released on December 11, 13
    months early.  This was done secretly.  A hearing was held
    with no notification of the media.  AP discovered Young’s
    release ten days after the fact.  (Order on file)


    In his interviews with investigators – this same witness had
    indicated that he had done the same things for Don that he
    had done for Jeff Sessions and William Pryor.  According to
    those involved and as reported by TIME Magazine and
    MSNBC, Sessions and Pryor were not investigated at all while
    Don was indicted, tried, convicted, and incarcerated.


    The trial transcript is the responsibility of the trial Judge.


    Today  - 17 months after the trial ended – there is still no
    official trial transcript.  The excuse being sold out of the middle
    district is that the court reporter died.  While that is true, Jimmy
    Dickens had been ill for an extended period of time and Judge
    Fuller took no steps to assure completion of the transcript or
    assign the task to anyone else.  Even after Mr. Dickens died, it
    was some months before Fuller gave the project to anyone
    else.  


    Don can not file a formal appeal without a completed
    transcript.  At this pace, his formal appeal will not be able to be
    filed until next Summer at the earliest – nearly two years since
    his conviction.


    This is all occurring out in the open and there is absolutely no
    scrutiny of this partisan Federal Judge – a former member of
    the AL GOP Executive committee who, in years past had
    openly opposed Siegelman.

<read more about Judge Fuller here>

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