JULY 21 2009

1. Did the DoJ Blackmail Siegelman Witness With Sex Scandal?
2. Rather Wins Access to Thousands of Documents in Suit Against
CBS
3. New Evidence Reveals Feds 'Coached, Cajoled, Threatened' Star
Witness in Siegelman Case
4. Sexual Blackmail in the Siegelman Case?
5. Did the DoJ Blackmail Siegelman Witness With Sex Scandal?
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1.  Did the DoJ Blackmail Siegelman Witness
With Sex Scandal?
by Larissa Alexandrovna for At-Largely

....So we are clear, the government was working "to prevent the
publicizing of an alleged sexual relationship between Nick and Don
Siegelman" does not mean such a relationship existed. I have heard
this before when I was down in Alabama many a time. I have also
heard that no such relationship took place, but that the threat of
creating a public image that such a relationship existed was enough to
get Bailey to play ball. Well, that and the fact that Bailey's brother was
allegedly being threatened with prosecution. In other words, the
allegations paint a very dark picture of Alabama justice. Leura Canary
is alleged to have not only threatened to plant evidence of a sexual
nature, but also threatened to go after his family in order to get him to
testify to a story scripted by her office.

Oh, and she still retains that office. Mr. Holder? Care to explain?

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2. Rather Wins Access to Thousands of
Documents in Suit Against CBS
by Bill Carter of The New York Times

Dan Rather won significant victories Tuesday in his suit against his
former network, CBS. He won access to more than 3,000 documents
that his lawyer said were expected to reveal evidence that CBS had
tried to influence the outcome of a panel that investigated his much-
debated “60 Minutes” report about former President George W. Bush’
s military record.

Mr. Rather also won an appeal to restore a fraud charge against CBS
that had been dismissed. Martin Gold, the lawyer representing the
former anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” called it “a very successful
day for us; we got everything.”

Mr. Rather called it a “good day” for his side and — referring to the
name for the CBS headquarters — “a bad day for Black Rock.”

Jim Quinn, the lawyer representing CBS, called it “a minor skirmish in
a long battle” and predicted that the fraud charge would be dismissed
again because “it’s frivolous.”

He added of Mr. Rather’s day in court, “Was it favorable for him? Yes.
Was it meaningful? No.”

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3.New Evidence Reveals Feds 'Coached,
Cajoled, Threatened' Star Witness in
Siegelman Case
by Brad Friedman of the Brad Blog

How it's even possible that former Alabama Governor Don
Siegelman's bribery case and conviction has not long ago been
dropped by the Dept. of Justice is beyond us. There is now so much
evidence of clear conflicts of interest, overt partisan political
prosecutorial targeting, failures to recuse by at least one conflicted
prosecutor as well as the judge in the case, evidence withheld from
the defense team, and now evidence of the coaching and strong-
arming of witnesses in exchange for a lighter prison sentence and a
promise to conceal embarrassing personal information, it all makes
the prosecutorial misconduct in the case of former Alaska Senator
Ted Stevens --- a Republican whose case was dropped by Obama's
Justice Dept. shortly after they came to power --- look like jaywalking.

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4. Sexual Blackmail in the Siegelman Case?
by Scott Horton for Harper's No Comment

We can now add sexual blackmail to the long list of misconduct
charges lodged against the federal prosecutors who led a vendetta-
like case against former Alabama Governor Don E. Siegelman. In an
affidavit filed in support of Siegelman’s request for a new trial, a
prominent Alabama businessman, Stan Pate, describes how federal
prosecutors and investigators threatened to disclose innuendo about
the sexuality of a key witness, former Siegelman aide Nick Bailey. The
feds hinted about disclosing an improper liaison between him and the
former governor to secure his cooperation. No evidence of these
questions or of Bailey’s answers appeared in reports prepared by the
feds and turned over in discovery. The case therefore adds to a
growing mound of credible allegations that public integrity prosecutors
violated the law by suppressing exculpatory evidence and engaged in
unethical and possibly illegal conduct in pursuit of their claims.

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5. Did the DoJ Blackmail Siegelman Witness
With Sex Scandal?
by Andrew Kreig for the Huffington Post

....Allegations of sexual blackmail by the government are among the
evidentiary exhibits that support legal arguments by Scrushy and
Siegelman seeking a new trial based on new evidence from
whistleblowers and investigative reporters.

The filings, reviewed July 20 but filed late June 26, include a report by
the Investigative Group International (IGI), which some nickname "The
President's Investigator." This is because IGI Chairman Terry Lenzner
was a Watergate prosecutor of former President Nixon and later
helped defend former President Clinton during impeachment. IGI says
that it was hired in April "by counsel for the defense."

IGI Vice Chairman David Richardson's affidavit said that Bailey told
him and Lenzner during meetings in June that Bailey "did not believe
that Governor Siegelman had been bribed by Mr. Scrushy," among
other contradictions of Bailey's themes during Siegelman's second
trial. Bailey, now free after being sentenced to 18 months in prison on
bribery charges unrelated to Siegelman, had been facing a far longer
term before he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors against
Siegelman.

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