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MARCH 09 2008

Alice Martin’s War
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Alice Martin’s War
by Scott Horton of Harper's No Comment

....As this was getting underway, Martin conferred with her staff about
a media spectacular. She described a plan to send a platoon of
federal marshals, back up by television media crews, into the
Statehouse to serve subpoenas on law-makers on the floor of the
legislature. This would be carefully timed just to make the evening
news. Martin’s eyes glimmered at the prospect of the media coup.

And on Thursday the appointed day arrived. Martin directed that her
action plan go into effect. She dispatched a group of federal marshals
to Montgomery, accompanied by a television crew, with instructions to
go serve grand jury subpoenas on a large group of mostly Democratic
legislators. Then the plan when amiss. The Speaker of the state
house, instructed the chamber’s own law enforcement personnel to
bar the way, and Martin’s grand-standing was blocked. It didn’t make
the evening news. Martin’s media hopes were crushed.


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