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MARCH 17 2008

1. The Case of the Amazing Vanishing Corruption Investigation
2. Witnesses, Pressure, and the Siegelman Case
3. Letters, faxes and e-mail
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The Case of the Amazing Vanishing
Corruption Investigation
by Scott Horton of Harper's No Comment

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But when Bush and Rove occupied the White House, their top
retainers started remaking the world of Washington lobbying. “Mr.
Republican” from this period was Jack Abramoff, and his sidekick was
former Bob Riley legislative assistant Michael Scanlon. Abramoff’s
operations entailed extensive dealings with Rove and Bush and with a
very large chunk of the Congressional G.O.P. leadership. Indeed,
much of it seems to have flowed right out of the office of Tom DeLay.

In 2005, Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein, two of the most astute
observers on the Washington scene, called the game for Abramoff
and his crew. They had developed the biggest political scam
operation in America’s history. In fact it exceeded Teapot Dome by an
order of several magnitudes. So now that we’re some five years into
the Abramoff investigation, what has happened, exactly? It
mysteriously dead-ended.

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Witness, Pressure, and the Siegelman Case
by Roger Shuler of Legal Schnauzer

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Judy White's affidavit focused on the extraordinary pressure federal
agents applied in an effort to get her husband to present false
testimony against former Governor Don Siegelman. When White
refused to give doctored testimony, he wound up the subject of a
federal investigation himself, just as the federal agents had promised.

Gary White, like Don Siegelman, wound up being convicted on a
variety of corruption-related charges.

But Judy White's affidavit raises another troubling question: Can we
trust the testimony of the witnesses who helped secure the
convictions of Gary White and Don Siegelman?

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Letters, faxes, and e-mail
Editorial by Esther Bobbitt Davis in the Birmingham News

In 1978, a young Rhodes scholar by the name of Don Siegelman
entered the Alabama political scene. The Georgetown University Law
School graduate, who was to be elected to four statewide offices,
brought a breath of fresh air to Alabama politics.

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St Valentine was the patron saint
of political prisoners. That
makes Don Siegelman the St.
Valentine of Alabama!
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