SEPT 30 2009

1.  Siegelman Prosecutors Used Threats Against Witnesses
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1. Siegelman Prosecutors Used Threats
Against Witnesses
by Roger Shuler for Legal Schnauzer

....Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen P. Feaga was lead prosecutor on
the case, with close assistance from fellow AUSA J.B. Perrine and
acting U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin. Grimes describes Feaga in almost
Napoleonic terms.
    "Mr. Feaga would frequently comment, 'Gentleman, we are
    making history here,'" Grimes writes. "Unfortunately, the lines
    between fact and fiction became hopelessly blurred as a result
    of these tactics."

....Questionable tactics also were used against Scrushy and his
attorneys. Writes Grimes:

    Before trial, I heard Mr. Feaga, AUSA Perrine and Mr. Franklin
    openly discuss and laugh about a plan to obtain proffer
    testimony from defendant Richard Scrushy, seeking a plea
    agreement without advising his attorneys that their client had
    already been named in a sealed indictment. Richard Pilger from
    Public Integrity and Joseph Fitzpatrick from the State AG's
    Office were more hesitant to engage in this particular conduct
    but even more hesitant to challenge the authority of Mr. Feaga."

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photo: Huffington Post

Prosecutor Steven Feaga
United States Attorney's Office,
"Gentlemen, we are making
history here."