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FEBRUARY 10 2008

1. Mukasey says he hasn't pursued Siegelman
2. Attorney general dodges his duties
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Corruption in a U.S. Attorney’s Office
by Scott Horton of Harper's

The allegations reflected corrupt dealings inside the office of U.S.
Attorneys Alice Martin and Leura Canary. And much of it had to do
with the prosecution of former Governor Don Siegelman.

Here’s a passage from an affidavit submitted by Commissioner
White’s wife Judy in support of the motion, which Judge Clemon
quotes from extensively. On behalf of the Siegelman prosecution,
federal agents

    repeatedly and insistently told my husband that they ‘needed’
    for [a particular] meeting [between Governor Siegelman and
    Richard Scrushy] to have occurred at the particular and
    specific date, and that they wanted him to testify that it did. My
    husband maintained that he could not do so, as he did not
    know when the meeting occurred. They even attempted to
    persuade him that the meeting ‘could have’ taken place on the
    date they stated, and reminded him that he had no calendar
    saying that it did not.

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Attorney general dodges his duties
Editorial Tuscaloosa News

Make that a partisan puppet. By his studied inattention to issues that
might embarrass the Republican Party, Mukasey has made it
abundantly clear that President Bush pulls his strings.

He has dodged questions on torture techniques advocated by Bush
and Vice President Cheney; balked at acting on the firings of U.S.
attorneys that led to his predecessor's sacking; and dragged his
heels on investigating the destruction of damning videotapes by the
CIA.

His failure to look into an allegation that partisan political interests
guided the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman is
part of this dereliction of duty. Although he told the House Judiciary
Committee on Thursday that it is inappropriate for politicians to try to
influence criminal prosecutions, Mukasey admitted under questioning
by Rep. Artur Davis that he has not looked into the Siegelman case
allegation. He should.

....He said he plans to ask Mukasey in writing whether the Justice
Department will investigate.

Good luck, congressman, but don't hold your breath. The
puppetmeister has Mukasey dancing to a different tune.

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Affidavit for Judy White
.PDF file (+300K)
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photo: Al gov

Bush appointed US Attorney  who
was referred to in a sworn
statement as one of Bill Canary's
"girls" who would "take care" of
Siegelman.

She was politicallly mentored by
Hickman Ewing, known as
Kenneth Starr's dark side.