The New York Times 5/1/07           “It appears they were looking for ways to get him.”
The government charged the pair with a crime that hasn't been a crime in Alabama, or anywhere.
Countless contributors to political campaigns end up holding some kind of public office just as Mr.
Scrushy did. Why did that activity suddenly become a crime in Alabama? The judge and prosecutors
saw beyond the law and convinced jurors the two committed a crime. The case smells of politics just
as the alleged political firing of the U.S. attorneys is troubling, so is this case because the suspicions
go to the heart of our system of self-governance. Congress should look beyond those firings and
into this case.
[The Decatur Daily, Editorial, 4/26/07]                                                           
< link to full article>
The changing of the guards:
Bay Minette, election night
By Steve McConnell  Staff Reporter Gulf Coast Newspapers
smcconnell@gulfcoastnewspapers.com (Created: friday, July 20, 2007)

Nearly five years later, the specter of the 2002 Alabama gubernatorial
election lives on.

What were exactly the chain of events which continues to irk Democrats,
Siegelman supporters, election analysts and the national press when
the power of the highest office in Alabama shifted in the middle of the
night from incumbent Don Siegelman to Bob Riley?

Republican Bob Riley edged out a narrow victory over incumbent
Democrat Don Siegelman, but a midnight vote recount in Baldwin
County, giving Riley the edge, stirred a firestorm controversy that still
receives national attention to this day.

The following morning a recount seemed reasonable and evident to the
Siegelman campaign as two men laid claim to the governorship.

But, the recount was denied by then Attorney General William “Bill”
Holcombe Pryor, who was appointed Feb. 20, 2004 - during a
congressional recess - to the federal-bench, the 11th Circuit Court of
Appeals by President George W. Bush.

Siegelman conceded November 18, and Riley was sworn in as governor
January 21, 2003 at the state capital in Montgomery.

While the election seems at best a distant memory for the history books
perhaps, the Bay Minette debacle certainly turned the tides of power,
disavowing Siegelman of the governor’s office as federal investigations
into his political career swelled.

<link to source article on BaldwinCountyNow.com>
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Election Fraud in Baldwin County

...Sometime during the night after everyone else went home, a Riley
campaign worker by the name of Dan Gans - who had served as Riley’s
chief of staff both in Montgomery and Washington and went on to work
with Abramoff lobbying firm - set up a laptop computer in the Baldwin
County courthouse and changed the results, sources say.

In other words, he committed "electronic ballot stuffing" by changing the
vote totals digitally, subtracting 6,334 votes from the Siegelman column.

Gans bills himself as a Republican “voting technology expert" and brags
on a now defunct Website about his role in implementing "a state of the
art ballot security system that was critical to securing Governor-elect
Rileys narrow margin of victory (3,120 votes)."

Auburn University’s Professor James Gundlach studied the 2002 returns
in Baldwin County and found all clues pointing to the same result:

Someone is controlling the computer to produce the different results.
Once any computer produces different election results, any results
produced by the same equipment operated by the same people should
be considered too suspect to certify without an independently
supervised recount.

    22. James H. Gundlach, A Statistical Analysis of Possible Electronic Ballot
    Stuffing: The Case of the Baldwin County, Alabama Governor’s Race in 2002
    (Apr. 11, 2003).

The irregularities identified by Gundlach are far more severe than those
which occurred in the Ukrainian presidential elections of October 31,
2004, which the United States Government denounced as fraudulent,
forcing a new vote which overturned the officially certified results of the
first round. In reaching these conclusions, the U.S. Government relied
on exactly the sort of sampling comparisons that Gundlach used in his
study. So how did the law enforcement authorities with responsibility for
this issue behave?

<more at Locust Fork Journal>

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Karl Rove in a Corner (How Karl Rove Works)
By Joshua Green The Atlantic Monthly  11/04

Karl Rove is at his most formidable when running close races, and his
skills would be notable even if he used no extreme methods. But he
does use them. His campaign history shows his willingness, when
challenged, to employ savage tactics.

<more at the Atlantic>
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