MAY 15 2009

1. Siegelman Deserves New Trial Because of Judge's 'Grudge,'
Evidence Shows
2. It's Politics As Usual On Siegelman Appeal
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1.  Siegelman Deserves New Trial Because
of Judge's 'Grudge,' Evidence Shows
by Andrew Kreig for the Huffington Post

The Alabama federal judge who presided over the 2006 corruption
trial of the state's former governor holds a grudge against the
defendant for helping to expose the judge's own alleged corruption six
years ago. Former Gov. Don Siegelman therefore deserves a new
trial with an unbiased judge ─ not one whose privately owned
company, Doss Aviation, has been enriched by the Bush
administration's award of $300 million in contracts since 2006, making
the judge millions in non-judicial income.

These are the opinions of Missouri attorney Paul B. Weeks, who is
speaking out publicly for the first time since his effort in 2003 to obtain
the impeachment of U.S. District Judge Mark E. Fuller of Montgomery
on Doss Aviation-related allegations.


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2. It's Politics As Usual On Siegelman Appeal
by Roger Shuler of Legal Schnauzer

...The chances for anyone having a case heard by the U.S. Supreme
Court are slim. But attorneys for Siegelman and Scrushy, Vince
Kilborn and Art Leach, say they are going to file a petition for review,
and the issues at hand might be important enough to attract the
Supremes' attention:

    Leach said a centerpiece of the appeal to the Supreme Court
    will be the question of whether a crime was actually committed.
    Defense lawyers have argued there wasn't proof that Scrushy
    and Siegelman had an explicit deal to swap the campaign
    contributions for the appointment.

    Kilborn said the case is of national importance because it
    involves the level of proof required to show campaign
    contributions were bribes.

    "The Supreme Court, in my opinion, will take a long look at
    that," Kilborn said.

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