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MARCH 11 2008

1. Panel Asks Judge to Rule in Contempt Case
2. House Judiciary Panel Sues Bush Aides for Contempt
3. Executive Privilege on the Firing Line
4. Why is Don Siegelman Still in Prison?
5. The Shame of Elliot Spitzer
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Panel Asks Judge to Rule in Contempt Case
by Neil A. Lewis of the NYT

....Citing legal guidance from the White House, Ms. Miers and Mr.
Bolten have refused to comply with Congressional subpoenas
seeking information and documents involving the firings.

The suit before Judge John D. Bates of Federal District Court in
Washington says neither Ms. Miers nor Mr. Bolten may avoid the
subpoenas by citing executive privilege, the doctrine that allows
advisers’ advice to the president to remain confidential.

...But Representative John Conyers Jr., the Michigan Democrat who
is chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said, “We will not allow the
administration to steamroll Congress.”

Mr. Conyers added, “The administration’s extreme claim to be
immune from the oversight processes are at odds with our
constitutional principles.”

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House Judiciary Panel Sues Bush Aides for
Contempt
by Glenn Wilson of Locust Fork Journal

....“We do not have a king in our country, we have a President and
his advisers who, like all citizens, cannot simply ignore the law,”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich, said in
announcing the lawsuit.

At issue are the firings of at least nine U.S. attorneys for political
reasons and the political prosecution of former Alabama Governor
Don Siegelman, as well as the actions of loyal federal prosecutors
who were retained by the Bush administration.

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Executive Privilege on the Firing Line
by Scott Horton of Harper's No Comment

....Although only a handful of emails were produced, a number of
them put President Bush’s then-senior political advisor, Karl Rove,
smack in the middle of the decisions to fire the U.S. attorneys, and
put partisan political issues at the top of his agenda. In one extremely
revealing notation, Rove marks a memo for a discussion with Miers
about Milwaukee U.S. attorney Steven Biskupic. (Go to page 30 of
the linked House Report.) The memo complains that Biskupic was
“not doing enough” to prosecute “voter fraud” cases in support of a G.
O.P. election plan.

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Why is Don Siegelman Still in Prison?
by Roger Shuler of Legal Schnauzer

....Why does Fuller's memo matter? The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals
had asked Fuller, twice, to justify his decision to deny Siegelman
bond pending appeal. After putting it off as long as he could, Fuller
finally issued his opinion on January 2.

As we showed here, Fuller did not come close to meeting his burden
for showing that Siegelman should be denied bail.

More than two months have passed since Fuller proved, in his own
words, that Siegelman's imprisonment pending appeal is not legally
justified. And yet, nothing has changed.

And so we ask: Why is Don Siegelman still in prison?

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The Shame of Eliot Spitzer
by Joe Conason of the New York Observer


...By this point, every public integrity indictment brought by the Bush
Justice Department demands to be investigated itself. But the Spitzer
and Siegelman cases are different in a crucial respect. The latter
insists plausibly that he is an innocent man who was railroaded by
political enemies. The former admits that he violated the law and the
public trust.

The hard truth about Mr. Spitzer is that he began to squander his
potential long before this final episode in his career. Rather than
surprise his critics by tempering the volcanic temper and bullying
style that seemed to be his worst traits, he amplified those flaws as
governor. Instead of arguing for progressive reform against those
who sought to frustrate him, he and his aides looked for devious ways
to undermine his opponents, which backfired on them.

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