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    Alice Martin
    US Attorney in Birmingham

    The Alabama US Attorney in Birmingham,  Alice Martin developed
    professionally under the tutelage of Hickman Ewing who was
    known in political circles as Kenneth Starr’s dark side. [5] She
    has recently come to prominence as one of Bill Canary's
    "girls". A sworn affidavit by a Alabama Republican operative
    claimed that Bill Canary promised Rob Riley that "his girls" would
    take care of his father's (Alabama Governor, Bob Riley) political
    opponent Don Siegelman. One of his "girls" was his wife, Leura
    Canary, the other was Alice Martin. Both "girls" were appointed
    to US Attorney posts in Alabama by Bush and committed their
    office to prosecution of Don Siegelman, among others.  

    Alice H. Martin is a prime example of the “loyal Bushie” and has
    a well-documented willingness to use federal prosecutions for
    political purposes along with a well-known desire for elected
    office or a judgeship. She has run twice for public office as a
    Republican and lost both races to Democrats. Republican Gov.
    Fob James appointed Martin as a Lauderdale County Circuit
    Court judge in 1997.  She lost her bid to retain the judgeship in
    the 1998 general election to a Democrat. In 2000, Martin ran for
    a place on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.  She won the
    Republican primary but lost to incumbent Democrat Sue Bell
    Cobb in the general election. [1] [2] [3]

    Political Profiling
    In the controversy surrounding the sacking of eight United
    States attorneys by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales it has
    been reported that there exists a list within the Department of
    Justice rating all 93 USAs on what is suspected to be political
    criteria. Where does Alice Martin, the U.S. attorney for
    Alabama's Northern District, rank?

    When she lost her 1998 campaign for election to the Lauderdale
    County Circuit Court, Martin told the Associated Press, “As long
    as the most important question people ask candidates is
    whether you’re a Republican or Democrat in this county, I think
    Republicans will have difficulty.” [4]


    Martin has served the Alabama GOP well and ranked high on
    partisan loyalty.

    Her official bio on her website says, "During the last five
    years, Mrs. Martin has provided leadership and played a
    personal role in many significant investigations involving
    domestic terrorism (Eric Robert Rudolph), public
    corruption, corporate fraud, and violent crime, including
    narcotics and firearm prosecutions.

    "Mrs. Martin supervised the corporate fraud investigation
    of HealthSouth Corporation from 2003-2006, and
    subsequent trial of Richard M. Scrushy, HealthSouth's
    former CEO which was the first case prosecuted under
    the tenants of the Sarbanes-Oxley Statute," her bio
    continues. "Those efforts resulted in the conviction of 17
    corporate officers."

    What the bio doesn't point out is that the prosecution of Scrushy
    failed -- he was acquitted by a federal jury -- and that most of
    those 17 HealthSouth convictions came in plea bargains as she
    tried the make the case against Scrushy. Martin also does not
    mention her 2004 attempt to convict former Democratic Gov.
    Don Siegelman on a bid-rigging scheme. The indictment,
    announced with much fanfare, came in May of that year, just as
    Siegelman was gearing up to run for the governor's
    mansion that he had lost to Republican Gov. Bob Riley two
    years earlier. But in October of that year, Martin abruptly
    dropped all charges after the third judge in the contentious case
    threw out much of the evidence "with prejudice," meaning that
    the charges could not be refiled based on disallowed evidence.

    Currently, the hew and cry of “double dipping” pursued in
    harmony between Riley, the Birmingham News and Alice Martin
    can be heard in an effort to gain complete control of the  
    Alabama legislature for the Republicans. And a 63 year old
    school teacher, Sue Schmitz is being federally prosecuted for
    trivial reasons. [3]

    Of course in a political climate where there are charges that the
    DOJ has been unconstitutionally politicized, the mere fact that
    Martin was making Siegelman's political life difficult probably
    counts for a lot and might explain that for all her high-profile
    failures she appears to be one USA in good standing with Bush
    and ex-political advisor Karl Rove.

    But more than being just a loyal "Bushie" Alice Martin may be
    one of the most corrupt Republican activists in the Northern
    District of Alabama. Alice H. Martin has been accused of
    providing false evidence against Siegelman in his trial. Former
    Jefferson County Commissioner Gary White, a Republican, was
    reportedly prosecuted by Martin for corruption because White
    would not testify against Siegelman and former Health South
    chairman Richard Scrushy. (Link to his wife's affidavit in the left
    bar) Martin tried to compel White to present false evidence
    against Siegelman in his trial. [6]

    [1] Birmingham News, Faulk, 5/4/00
    [2] Birmingham News, Orndorff, 4/28/01   
    [3] Harper's No Comment 2/6/08
    [4] AP, 11/5/98
    [5] Doc's Parlor, 2/16/08
    [6] Wayne Masden Report, 2/12/08


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Bush appointed US Attorney  who
was referred to in a sworn
statement as one of Bill Canary's
"girls" who would "take care" of
Siegelman.

She was politically mentored by
Hickman Ewing, known as
Kenneth Starr's dark side.
Alice Martin
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Excerpt from Affidavit
May 21, 2007

“Rob Riley asked about Siegelman
being a problem in the future... but
he was told by William “Bill” Canary
not to worry about Don Siegelman
that “his girls would take care of
him...”
that he had already gotten it
worked out with Karl and Karl had
spoken with the Department of
Justice…


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image captured from video stream

US Attorney Alice Martin, in an
interview with Channel 19 on
June
16, 2008, contends that her
investigation of Siegelman was not
about politics, but about "crime and
criminals".
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DIG DEEPER!

Alabama Blogger Roger Shuler
has a series of posts in
his  
Legal Schauzer about his
encounters with Alice Martin.
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