JUNE 5 2009

1. Rebel Yell II: Will Georgia’s Charles Walker Get a New Trial?
2. Even Republicans Can't Believe Holder's Latest Move in Alaska

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1. Rebel Yell II: Will Georgia’s Charles Walker
Get a New Trial?
by Scott Horton of Harper's No Comment

Dramatic developments in Georgia, as federal judge Dudley Bowen,
who presided over the trial and sentencing of former Georgia senate
leader Charles Walker, acknowledged that he never should have
been involved with the case because his “impartiality might
reasonably have been questioned.” The announcement instantly
triggered demands for a new trial. The recusal thickens the cloud of
impropriety surrounding the prosecution. It was initiated by a U.S.
attorney who was removed after an internal Justice Department study
concluded his conduct was politically motivated and inappropriate. I
profiled the Walker case in October 2007 in “The Justice Department
Raises a Rebel Yell: The Strange Prosecution of Charles Walker.”

In 1996, Charles Walker, a Georgia publisher and entrepreneur,
became the first black American to be chosen as a Senate majority
leader in the country. He achieved that in Georgia. And he quickly
used his new position to advance some causes that were unpopular
with whites in general and with the state’s Neoconfederate
Republicans in particular. He pressed an initiative to drop the
Confederate battle flag from the state flag of Georgia.

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2. Even Republicans Can't Believe Holder's
Latest Move in Alaska
by Roger Shuler for Legal Schnauzer

Was Eric Holder appointed attorney general for the sole purpose of
letting Republican scoundrels off the hook?

It's starting to look that way after news came yesterday that the U.S.
Department of Justice (DOJ) is asking that two former Alaska state
legislators be released from prison because of prosecutorial
misconduct in their cases. Victor Kohring and Peter Kott, both
Republicans, were convicted in the same corruption investigation that
netted former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-AL).

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Image: captured from WRDW website
Champ Walker wants his father's
case overturned.