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JULY 02 2008

1. Cold water on critics: Hearing Siegelman's detractors
2. The Corruption Puzzle

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Cold water on critics: Hearing Siegelman's
detractors
Opinion in the Anniston Star

....And, the anti-Siegelman faction concludes, a Republican plot
organized by Bush Justice Department appointees to legally pursue
an out-of-office Alabama Democrat is too much to swallow. You'd
have to don a tin-foil hat and worry over how fluoride is sapping our
vital bodily fluids to be willing to raise doubts over how the ex-
governor was sent to the federal prison.

Serious doubts arose over that last contention recently.

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The Corruption Puzzle
By Alan Greenblatt of Governing

These are nervous days in Montgomery. Federal prosecutors,
investigating corruption in Alabama's two-year college system, have
subpoenaed legislators by the dozen — in some cases delivering
papers just outside the statehouse itself. Sue Schmitz, a state
representative, was arrested in the bathroom of her home while she
was taking an early morning shower. As prosecutors have fostered a
climate of fear, numerous legislators have hired lawyers, and some
have swept their offices for listening devices. "It's had an effect on the
atmosphere," says Pat Lindsey, a state senator, offering what sounds
like an understatement. "There's some bitterness there toward the U.
S. attorney's office and the Department of Justice."


The tension is even greater because the recent investigation comes
in the aftermath of a separate case involving Don Siegelman, the
former Democratic governor sent to federal prison last year on
corruption charges. Siegelman was released in March by a federal
court, pending his appeal. As with the community-college
investigation, Democrats have accused Republicans of prosecuting
Siegelman as a partisan vendetta, and the case has drawn attention
from the national media and Congress. Lawyers for Alabama's
legislators have taken to referring to Siegelman's plight as evidence
that their own clients are being railroaded for political reasons.

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