DECEMBER 04 2008

1. Appeals Panel Could Drop Siegelman, Scrushy Case Tuesday
2. The Siegelman/Schnauzer Connection: Sniffing the Trail of a GOP
(and UAB) Money Man
3. Nothing About the Prosecution of Don Siegelman Escapes the
Taint of Corruption

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1. Appeals Panel Could Drop Siegelman,
Scrushy Case Tuesday
by Glynn Wilson for Locust Fork Journal

In light of recent information from a new whistle-blower in the Bush
Justice Department’s political prosecutions still under investigation by
Congress, including the case of former Alabama Governor Don
Siegelman, the federal court in Montgomery has re-opened the
investigation into juror misconduct, according to a document just filed
with the appeals court in Atlanta.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Department of Justice recently
reopened the investigation into this matter in response to concerns
raised about the completeness of the investigation,” according to the
response from U.S. attorneys to a request for supplemental
information on Siegelman’s appeal....

Vince Kilborn, one of Siegelman’s attorneys, said the information is
significant.

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2. The Siegelman/Schnauzer Connection:
Sniffing the Trail of a GOP (and UAB) Money
Man
by Roger Shuler of Legal Schnauzer

....Word leaked to the press that Hazelrig had ties to the gaming
industry--and we all know that Bob Riley is opposed to all forms of
gambling (even though Jack Abramoff funneled $13 million of
Mississippi Choctaw gambling money to Riley's '02 campaign).

Riley evidently got a case of the vapors when he "discovered" that
Hazelrig is a stockholder in Paragon Gaming, a Las Vegas-based
outfit that was formed in 2000 to help Indian tribes develop casino
gambling on their reservations.

Given Riley's clear ties to Abramoff, I wonder why Hazelrig thought his
Indian gaming interests would be served by making a hefty donation
to Riley? Hmmm.

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3. Nothing About the Prosecution of Don
Siegelman Escapes the Taint of Corruption
by David Fiderer for the Huffington Post

Prosecutor Louis Franklin did an about face. On August 22, 2007,
when he was recommending a reduced sentence for his star witness,
Franklin said that Don Siegelman would not have been convicted
without the testimony of Nick Bailey. Five months later, after Bailey
spoke to 60 Minutes, Franklin trashed him.


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The federal court in Montgomery
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Chip Hazelrig was one of the four
founders of Paragon Gaming....