AUGUST 28 2009

1. In Birmingham, Holder Lobbied on Behalf of Siegelman
2. Prosecutors argue against new trial for Siegelman, Scrushy
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1.In Birmingham, Holder Lobbied on Behalf of
Siegelman
by Glynn Wilson of the Locust Fork Journal

...U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was lobbied to drop the case
against former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman during his trip to
Birmingham Thursday for the swearing in of Joyce White Vance as U.
S. attorney for the state’s northern district, sources say.

Several people, including Alabama Democratic Party officials, spoke
to Holder on behalf of Siegelman, and about firing U.S. Attorney Leura
Canary — the prosecutor married to Karl Rove’s political ally Bill
Canary of the conservative Business Council of Alabama — according
to sources present for the swearing in.

Barry Ragsdale, an attorney who is a friend of the Vances and has
been associated with the Over the Mountain Democrats in the past,
acted as master of ceremonies for the swearing in. Apparently he is a
funny guy, and made several jokes, including poking fun at Chief U.S.
District Judge Mark E. Fuller of Alabama’s middle district, the federal
judge who presided in the controversial case against Siegelman and
his co-defendant Richard Scrushy.

“I’m glad Karl Rove gave you permission to be here,” Ragsdale
quipped, according to the Birmingham News account of the swearing
in.

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2. Prosecutors argue against new trial for
Siegelman, Scrushy
by Kim Chandler of the Birmingham News

....Defense lawyers have asked U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller to
grant a new trial arguing, among other things, that newly discovered
evidence showed the 2006 case was tainted by prosecutor
misconduct. Siegelman's lawyers said that prosecutors scripted the
testimony of their star witness, former Siegelman aide Nick Bailey, and
failed to turn over Bailey's notes to defense lawyers.

Prosecutors denied both claims in their filing and said defense claims
were based on hearsay.

"What is remarkable here is that defendants' new evidence claims do
not rest on even a foundation as shaky as recantation testimony from
a trial witness ... While the government did meet with Bailey prior to
trial, preparing a witness to testify is not misconduct," prosecutors
wrote.

Defense lawyers in their request for a new trial quoted Bailey's
statements to others that the prosecutors were so frustrated that they
made him write his testimony to get his story straight.

Prosecutors said they did not give Bailey a script. Any notes Bailey
made were his own and not given to them and thus not required to be
turned over to defense lawyers, prosecutors wrote.

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