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JULY 24 2008

1. New Allegations of Prosecutorial Misconduct in the Siegelman Case
2. FDL Welcomes Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman
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New Allegations of Prosecutorial Misconduct
in the Siegelman Case
By Scott Horton of Harper's

....The conduct of Franklin’s office looks more like a cover-up than an
investigation. Moreover, these new facts once more point to the
prosecutor’s bad faith in the court room. We now know that Franklin
himself knew of these emails because they had also been sent to a
series of coworkers of a juror. Franklin responded to this not by
bringing it before the court and apprising the defense, but by seeking
to hush the matter up. Had Franklin really wanted to get to the bottom
of the issue surrounding the emails, which figures prominently in the
current appeal, he would not have sought to block an inquiry in court
and then conducted a secret examination that was carefully designed
to go nowhere. He should have consented to a subpoena to the
Internet service providers which would have settled the matter
conclusively. (We called and emailed to Franklin’s office to discuss
the matter but have not heard back. We’ll update this post if we
receive a reply.) Similarly, the conclusion offered in the Justice
Department letter, that the emails were established as “fakes” is
laughable. None of the steps taken by the postal inspectors warrant
that conclusion. And the steps which could have easily been taken to
conclusively settle the matter were not taken. Why?

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FDL Welcomes Former Alabama Governor
Don Siegelman
by emptywheel of Firedog Lake

I'm honored to welcome Don Siegelman to FDL today to talk about his
on-going appeal, Karl Rove's defiance of the House Judiciary
Committee's congressional subpoena, and the several references to
both in yesterday's HJC hearing with Michael Mukasey. As always with
live chats, please take off-topic conversations to an earlier thread and
be polite.

I'll start with a couple of questions for Governor Siegelman--ask yours
in the thread!

    1) In an apparent attempt to create an excuse for Rove's
    refusal to show up and answer questions under oath, Lamar
    Smith gave Rove questions to answer about his role in your
    prosecution. While Rove denied he had spoken to "Justice
    Department or Alabama officials" about your prosecution, he
    did not answer Smith's question about whether he had spoken
    with "any other individual" about your prosecution. Who are
    some of the people--outside of DOJ and Alabama state
    government--that you think Rove might have spoken with about
    your prosecution?

    First, let me say that Rove is showing contempt for Congress by
    not obeying their subpoena.

    Second, even his written non-answers were not under oath and
    clearly evasive. As you noted, Rove refused to deny that he had
    plotted with my prosecutor's husband -- Bill Canary (Google this
    Republican political operative!) -- to get his wife, Laura Canary,
    the U.S. Attorney, to begin a federal investigation and join with
    the state investigation which was started by Rove's client,
    Alabama's attorney general, Bill Pryor. Others who have been
    named in testimony before the House Judiciary committee
    include the Republican governor's son, Rob Riley.

    According to sworn testimony before the Judiciary Committee,
    both Bill Canary and Rob Riley were on the call in which Canary
    said that Karl had it worked out with Justice to destroy me. A
    business associate of Rob Riley's in Florida told Time
    Magazine that Rob Riley always bragged about his relationship
    with Rove.

    In addition, Karl Rove's client's campaign manager's wife who
    pushed the federal investigation after career employees said it
    should be stopped should also be called before the committee
    to testify.

    Karl Rove built his career in Alabama working with Bill Canary.
    Bill Canary and Bill Pryor started investigating me in 1999.
    Laura Canary accelerated the case federally in 2001, she
    indicted me during the 2006 campaign, and she brought me to
    trial less than four weeks before the Democratic primary. There
    is sworn testimony that Bill Canary said that he had it worked
    out with Karl to destroy me, and that two Alabama US Attorneys
    would do the job. Both those US Attorneys did in fact indict me.
    And now, Rove refuses to deny that he talked to Bill Canary
    about prosecuting me.

    Does anyone believe all this is circumstantial? How much more
    proof do you need? They sent me to prison on less evidence
    than this.

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"[Rove's] written non-answers
were not under oath and clearly
evasive. As you noted, Rove
refused to deny that he had
plotted with my prosecutor's
husband -- Bill Canary (Google
this Republican political
operative!) -- to get his wife, Laura
Canary, the U.S. Attorney, to begin
a federal investigation and join
with the state investigation which
was started by Rove's client,
Alabama's attorney general, Bill
Pryor. Others who have been
named in testimony before the
House Judiciary committee
include the Republican governor's
son, Rob Riley."

Don Siegelman in a Blog with FDL
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photo: Huffington Post

Career Prosecutor Louis Franklin,
assistant  to  Leura Canary,
conducted a secret  internal
inquiry  that appears to be more
cover-up than investigation.