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MAY 11 2008

1. Memo Shows Frustration With Special Counsel
2. Free Scrushy

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Memo Shows Frustration With Special
Counsel
by Christopher Lee, Staff Writer for Washington Post

Last September, career investigators at the U.S. Office of Special
Counsel opened a probe into whether partisan politics were a factor in
the Justice Department's prosecution of former Democratic Alabama
governor Don Siegelman on corruption charges in 2006.

Siegelman, who narrowly lost his reelection bid in 2002 and intended
to run again in 2006, has insistently alleged that Karl Rove, then a
White House adviser, targeted him for prosecution to ensure he did
not oust a Republican governor.

But on Oct. 11, OSC chief Scott J. Bloch ordered the case file be
closed immediately, saying that he had not authorized it, seven career
employees wrote in an internal draft memo made public last week.

"After concerns are expressed that OSC simply cannot close a file
without conducting an investigation into theses [sic] allegations, the
TF [task force] is directed to not further investigate this case and to
wait for further instructions from the Special Counsel," the employees
wrote in the document dated Jan. 18.

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Free Scrushy
by Julian McPhillips of the Mobile Press Register

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman deserves to be out on appeal, as a matter
of due process. In letting him out, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals found
substantial questions in his case that could lead to reversal of his conviction.

Those same questions also require that Richard Scrushy be out on appeal. As
an American citizen, Scrushy deserves the same due process Siegelman
received.

However, the appeals panel cited Scrushy as a "threat to run" as reason for
denying his appeal bond. I beg to respectfully differ, exercising my First
Amendment rights in doing so.

Scrushy has pledged his Vestavia Hills home and Lake Martin estate,worth a
total of $10 million to $12 million, as security for his bond. In fact, he has pledged
virtually everything he has, short of money needed for living expenses and legal
bills.

Scrushy would lose all that if he skipped the country, and he would lose his right
to be vindicated, which he badly wants.

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Internal Document from the
Office of Special Counsel

The inescapable conclusion
reached from poring through the
contents of this 13-page memo is
that Bloch was deliberately
creating the impression of a huge
ongoing multi-faceted
investigation of the White House....

<link to PDF document - 1225k>
photo: by Louis Raimondo for TWP

Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch
was the subject of an internal
memo reflecting an office sharply
divided, over the Siegelman case ,
for one.
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