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JUNE 06 2008

1. More jail time for Siegelman unlikely
2. Siegelman crime is suddenly less egregious
3. Bob Riley's Quid Pro Quo Keeps on Giving
4. How Karl Rove played politics while people drowned
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More jail time for Siegelman unlikely
Editorial in Tuscaloosa News

.....The prosecutors had sought a 30-year term for Siegelman,
claiming the seven-year sentence was too lenient. But in a motion
filed recently with the 11th Circuit, they dropped that request. Louis
Franklin, acting U.S. attorney in the case, declined comment. The
implications, however, are obvious.


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Siegelman crime is suddenly less egregious
Editorial in Decatur Daily

Federal prosecutors apparently felt it was prudent to give up trying to
extend former Gov. Don Siegelman's prison sentence.

....They dropped their appeal of the sentences this week without
comment.

Congress is looking into the Siegelman case as part of a larger
allegation that the Republican Justice Department systematically used
selective prosecution as a political tool.

The Siegelman case is especially interesting because the prosecutors
said campaign contributions are bribes if the donors are subsequently
named to a position in government.

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Bob Riley's Quid Pro Quo Keeps on Giving
by Roger Shuler of Legal Schaunzer

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But why did the U.S. Justice Department treat the Siegelman deal as
a federal crime while ignoring the Riley deal? Why does The
Birmingham News trumpet the fruits of Riley's deal on the front page
while apparently supporting the prosecution of Siegelman and
Scrushy?

It's bad enough that Alabama's largest newspaper has that kind of
double standard. But when our Justice Department has that kind of
double standard, we aren't much better than the banana republics
that thrive at many points on the globe.

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Karl Rove played politics while people drowned
by Saul Alexander for Salon.com

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If Bush had not seen what was taking place by Tuesday, Karl Rove
had. The first evidence of Rove's involvement in the Katrina disaster
occurred on Tuesday afternoon. "Rove understood what a nightmare
this was for the president," Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana says,
"so he went into high gear on the spin thing they're so good at in the
White House. Rove had David Vitter, the Republican senator from
Louisiana. I was at a press conference and David Vitter walked up to
the mike and said, 'I just got off the phone with Karl Rove.' I looked at
the governor and she looked at me, like, 'Why is David Vitter on the
phone with Karl Rove?' I mean, he could have been talking to
generals, the president himself, but Rove is just a political hatchet
man."

Despite his expertise being politics, the administration had made Rove
a central player in the handling of the disaster. "A light switch in the
White House didn't get turned on without going through Rove," says
Adam Sharp, an aide to Landrieu. "It was clear that Rove was the
point person for the White House on this disaster."

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interview

Leura Canary , Bush appointed
U.S. Attorney in Montgomery,
is  being investigated for
improprieties in her prosecution of
the Siegelman Case.
photo: Huffington Press

Franklin  & Feaga are  prosecutors
in the Siegelman Case;  they have
suddenly dropped efforts to extend
Siegelman's sentence.
Bob Riley 's Office operates under
a double standand according to
the Alabama Press.