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JUNE 29 2008

1. Exxon decision may re-emerge in court contest
2. A new audit found the U.S. Justice Department wrongly injected
politics into hiring decisions
3. Alabama's  Right-Wing Press Will Never "Get" the Siegelman Case
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Exxon decision may re-emerge in court
contest
by Bob Lowry, Staff Writer of the Huntsville Times

.The source of campaign money could turn out to be an issue in the
only state Supreme Court race on the ballot this fall.

All but $2,296 of the $123,796 raised so far for the campaign of
Republican Supreme Court candidate Greg Shaw has come from
political action committees run by pro-business lobbyists, according to
campaign finance reports.

...Interest groups put money in judicial campaigns "because they see
it as an investment, and they want results," said Bert Brandenburg,
executive director of The Justice at Stake Campaign, a Washington,
D.C., watchdog group that has monitored judicial campaign spending
since 1993.

Alabama is one of eight states that elect Supreme Court justices in
partisan elections.

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A new audit found the U.S. Justice
Department wrongly injected politics into
hiring decisions, and former Alabama Gov.
Don Siegelman says that's more proof he is a
victim of partisan prosecutors
Anonymous at Birmingham News

.....As this newspaper has said, these dismissals at the very least
make it harder to flat-out dismiss Siegelman's claims. That's true even
for those of us who believe he was justly prosecuted and convicted for
selling a seat on a state board in exchange for a political contribution.

For those already disposed to buy Siegelman's story - or who, like
Siegelman, have a vested interest in peddling it - the news of interns
being rejected for their ties to Democrats or liberal causes is nothing
but ammunition.

Which brings us back where we started.

Dumb.

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Alabama's Right-Wing Press Will Never "Get"
the Siegelman Case
Roger Shuler of Legal Schnauzer

...."Dumb," writes the News. "There's just no better word to describe
the U.S. Justice Department's use of bogus political criteria to decide
who would get hired to work in its offices."

Actually there is a word that better describes this activity. It's "corrupt."

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