NOVEMBER 27 2008

1. Scandals Surrounding Don Siegelman's Prosecution: A Quick and
Easy Primer, Part I
2. Three judges with experience in politically charged cases named to
hear appeals of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and
HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy
3. All-Republican Panel Will Hear the Siegelman Appeal

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1. Scandals Surrounding Don Siegelman's
Prosecution: A Quick and Easy Primer, Part I
by David Fiderer for Huffington Post

Why would Leura Canary, Louis Franklin and Mark Fuller, all officers
of the court, brazenly flout the law and risk disbarment, if not jail?
Well, consider that:

A. It's Alabama.
B. It's the Bush Justice Department.
C. It's the link between A & B, Karl Rove.
D. It's the limited attention span national media, which intermittently
dwells into the details of the Don Siegelman case.

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2. Three judges with experience in politically
charged cases named to hear appeals of
former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman
and HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy
by Kim Chandler and Mary Orndnorff for Birmingham News

Three judges with experience handling politically charged cases are
set to hear the appeals of former Gov. Don Siegelman and
HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy.

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge J.L. Edmondson, Judge
Gerald Bard Tjoflat and Senior Judge James C. Hill will hear oral
arguments Dec. 9 in Atlanta.

Defense lawyers for Siegelman and Scrushy will argue, among other
issues, that prosecutors confused legal campaign contributions with
illegal bribes and that the trial judge did not investigate allegations of
juror misconduct.

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3. All-Republican Panel Will Hear the
Siegelman Appeal
by Roger Shuler of Legal Schnauzer

....Isn't it curious that this story was released in the Thanksgiving Day
issue of The Birmingham News and was buried on page 2B?

* I have more than 30 years of experience as a journalist, and I'm not
sure I buy Kilborn's statement that he isn't concerned about the
makeup of the panel. For public consumption, he has to say the panel
looks stellar and fair. But I find it hard to believe that News reporters
Kim Chandler and Mary Orndorff would, on their own, go to the
trouble of looking up controversial decisions these judges have been
involved in. It looks to me like someone fed them that information, and
it probably was someone on the Siegelman/Scrushy team. Why would
someone on the Siegelman/Scrushy side feed that information to the
reporters? Because they think the makeup of this panel stinks to high
heaven--but they feel they can't say that publicly.

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DOJ, is a crime, even if what she
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