AUGUST 25 2007

Political Prosecution? The House Judiciary Committee is gathering
information about this prosecution and others that Democrats
suspect were pursued for political reasons.
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Political Prosecution? Justice Dept Holds onto
Docs in Case of Jailed Alabama Governor
Siegelman
Democracy Now

But critics say Siegelman is the target of a political witch hunt. The
Justice Department has yet to comply with a request from Congress
to release documents about the case. The House Judiciary
Committee is gathering information about this prosecution and others
that Democrats suspect were pursued for political reasons.

Scott Horton has been closely following this story. He is a Columbia
law professor and a contributor to Harper's magazine.

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Transcript:
    SCOTT HORTON: Don Siegelman is the most important
    Democratic Party politician in Alabama in recent years. He was
    an electoral wonder, a figure who was able to command a
    good part of the vote even in the largely Republican south part
    of the state. He was elected to every major office that the state
    of Alabama had to offer. He was viewed essentially as the
    nemesis of the Republicans in Alabama.

    AMY GOODMAN: And what happened?

    SCOTT HORTON: It now looks increasingly like he was a target
    of a political vendetta that reached into and involved the
    Department of Justice in a political prosecution. And, in fact,
    we had a really astonishing development in this case back in
    May, when a Republican lawyer, Jill Simpson, who had been
    involved in the electoral campaign of his Republican opponent,
    Bob Riley, filed an affidavit, in which she described a
    conversation she had participated in with a man named William
    Canary. Now, he's a native New Yorker, actually, referred to
    frequently by Alabamians as “the carpetbagger,” who is a
    prominent Republican kingmaker in Alabama, the head of the
    Business Council of Alabama. And he stated in this
    conversation that he had talked to Karl, and Karl had spoken
    to the Department of Justice, and they didn't have to worry
    about Don Siegelman anymore. He was going to be taken care
    of. And he went on to say, “My girls are going to take care of
    Siegelman.”
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Bush, Riley, Martin, Canary

U.S. Attorney Alice Martin,
prosecutor, said she was
disappointed with the verdict in the
retrial.
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Bush, Riley, Martin, Canary

U.S. Attorney Alice Martin,
prosecutor, said she was
disappointed with the verdict in the
retrial.
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