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    Dana Jill Simpson
    Life long Alabama Republican, ex-campaign worker for Bob Riley
    and modern-day Joan of Arc - a rare true believer in truth, justice and the
    "American way."

    Jill Simpson — a Rainsville attorney, and lifelong Republican
    who worked for Gov. Bob Riley’s first gubernatorial campaign,
    then later for the Roy Moore Campaign — filed an affidavit in
    Georgia, 2007, describing a conversation that took place during
    a telephone conference call days after Riley defeated
    Siegelman in the 2002 election. The content of the call
    implicates the White House involvement in the Siegelman
    prosecution. Participating in the call were Simpson; Rob Riley,
    the governor’s son; Terry Butts, an attorney for Riley; and Bill
    Canary, chairman of the Business Council of Alabama. She
    claimed that she filed the affidavit  “because I believe everyone
    has a Sixth Amendment right to have an attorney who does not
    have a conflict."

    Her courageous act was made even more meaningful when it
    was disclosed that while she was discussing her decision to
    come forward with her disclosure, her house was burned to the
    ground and her car run off the road and totaled. Recently, Eddie
    Curran, triggered by her interview on CBS News "60 Minutes",
    has begun to target her credibility.

    Later (Feb. 2008) she gave an interview to CBS "60 Minutes"
    about her life as an investigative operative for the GOP.





























    History

    Jill Simpson grew up in the Rainsville area of Northeast Alabama
    as the daughter of two parents who were both politically active -
    on opposite sides of the political fence.

    She had been accepted at Cumberland Law School in
    Birmingham and Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee
    - a far more prestigious school. But she really wanted to go to
    Alabama, where as an undergraduate student in the 1980s she
    met and became close friends with Rob Riley, the politically
    ambitious son of Bob Riley.

    That's the same Bob Riley who was a three-term Congressman
    from Alabama who would be elected governor in a razor-close
    race in 2002 - in part thanks to her.

    While an undergrad at Alabama, Ms. Simpson was an active pro-
    life advocate who joined the university's Young Republicans, a
    group that actively supported the reelection of Ronald Reagan
    in 1984. She remembers going to see Ronald Reagan speak
    there in 1985, and still admires the former president.

    After Law School, and a year in Birmingham, Jill went to practice
    law back home.

    Campaigning for Riley

    In 2001, while doing federal contract work for clients in
    Washington, D.C. and hounding the Federal Emergency
    Management agency, Ms. Simpson would often run into her old
    friend Rob Riley at the classy watering holes of D.C.

    When Rob Riley told her his dad had decided to run for
    governor, she agreed to help. At that time, she says, the Rileys
    had virtually no money to run a campaign for governor. So she
    put together a volunteer operation in North Alabama that could
    "knock up signs" and such for virtually nothing.

    Once the primary was over and the Rileys had the money raised
    by Bush and the RNC, they didn't have as much of a need for
    Ms. Simpson's volunteer network. So she didn't hear back from
    them much during the general election campaign - until about a
    week before the election, and significantly during the recount
    that ensued.

    The Recount

    In late October and early November of 2002, the Rileys started
    calling Ms. Simpson back to get her help in the event of a close
    election, her phone records confirm. And on election-day Nov. 5,
    the race was razor-close.

    When the poll workers and the press left the courthouses of
    Alabama that Tuesday night, Siegelman was declared the
    winner statewide. But the race was not to be over and would
    come down to a few thousand questionable votes in Baldwin
    County in South Alabama.

    Siegelman received 19,070 votes in Baldwin County and beat
    Riley by 3,139 votes there. And he won statewide by an initial
    count showing him with 674,052 to Riley's 670,913 - a margin of
    3,139 votes, the closest ever reported in an Alabama election.

    Later, Ms. Simpson campaigned for Roy Moore. After he lost the
    primary, the Riley campaign started calling upon her again – this
    time asking Ms. Simpson for something she could not and would
    not deliver.

    Politically Motivated Investigation

    She was asked to investigate state Senator Lowell Barron, a
    powerful Democrat in the state legislature from Jackson County,
    who she had known all her life and respected. It was rumored
    that Barron was having an extramarital affair with another man's
    wife, a man who died in a fall from a mountaintop in the area.
    There were further rumors that Barron and a certain "yardman"
    were present at the accident, suicide – or murder – and that
    Barron may have pushed the man off the cliff.

    Ms. Simpson says she knew the rumors were not true and that
    what they asked her to do was not only unethical, but illegal, in
    her view, so she absolutely refused to go along.

    "I told them hell no," Ms. Simpson said. "So they stopped calling
    me after that."

    Compromised Judge

    After Siegelman and Scrushy were convicted, she remembered
    something Rob Riley had told her in a meeting in Birmingham in
    2005. Riley had indicated after the first trial against Siegelman
    was lost that they had "found another judge" in Montgomery who
    might very well be able to put through a successful conviction.

    Because of Rob Riley's braggadocio, Ms. Simpson said, she
    began checking out the judge, U.S. District Judge Mark E. Fuller.
    What she found was so astonishing to her that she eventually
    felt compelled to call one of Siegelman's lawyers to report it. But
    that first phone call was never returned.

    That could have been the end of it, and she said to herself: "Oh,
    well. I tried."

    But eventually she put together such a revealing picture of a
    very rich federal judge who owned companies doing millions
    upon millions of dollars worth of business with the U.S.
    Government, including making uniforms for the FBI and training
    Saudi and Iranian pilots - all while doing business with the
    Justice Department in eliminating Siegelman from politics forever.

    Back during the heady days of 2002, Ms. Simpson had followed
    Don Siegelman around looking for dirt for the Riley's. Their
    nickname for Siegelman had been "The Cockroach." As the
    story goes, "he was like a cockroach. You couldn't kill him" or
    "get him to go away."

    Now she found herself tracking the judge who was going to put
    him away perhaps for life.

    Amazingly, Justice Fuller received a $178 million contract
    through a privately held company to train pilots and navigators
    for the U.S. Government DURING THE SIEGELMAN TRIAL. The
    company is called Doss Aviation.

    For another company called Aureus International that is listed as
    a division of Doss Aviation on the company's Website, Fuller is
    also listed as the majority owner, according to Ms. Simpson's
    research. The company does a comparable amount of business
    making uniforms for the U.S. Military and the FBI, which played a
    major role in the investigation and prosecution of Siegelman and
    Scrushy.

    Yet legal cannons and codes of conduct say it is a "duty" on the
    part of any judge to disclose any potential conflict of interest
    before trying a case, and to disclose all of his sources of income
    fully in official financial disclosure reports.

    But in Fuller's case, no pre-trial conference was called. And
    Fuller lists no income from Aureus on any of his disclosure forms
    to date. He is about one month late in filing his forms for last
    year, according to the online disclosure reports, and legal
    experts say he may be preparing to cover his tracks in a future
    filing.

    In addition, the controlling laws in the case say if a "reasonable
    person" were to conclude that the judge has a conflict or the
    appearance of a conflict, the judge should recuse himself. It
    doesn't say what a judge would conclude, but what a lay person
    would conclude. That is what the 11th circuit court panel will
    have to consider - if not prior to sentencing, then on appeal.

    How and Why Ms. Simpson Wrote and
    Signed the Affidavit

    To understand why this otherwise loyal Republican would come
    out against her fellow party members in such an explosive way,
    you have to understand the mind of a true believer.

    When no one on the Siegelman legal team called Ms. Simpson
    back, she felt ethically off the hook, but not for long. She had
    tried and they had failed. But it continued to weigh on her
    conscience.

    Back when the Riley campaign had asked her to do the "dirty,
    untrue" research, Ms. Simpson had contacted the Alabama Bar
    Association to get an opinion on her legal and ethical
    responsibilities. She was advised that she had no legal or ethical
    duty as a lawyer regarding these political shenanigans.

    She was told she could contact Joe Espy, who represented
    Barron, but also knew Don Siegelman. Espy asked her to write
    down what happened, but she didn't. She told Espy what she
    knew, hoping that would be the end of her role in the case.

    Later on, Espy asked her why the Riley campaign would ask her
    to do some of the things they had asked her to do. Then she
    told him about the photos and the conspiracy to get Siegelman
    to concede in 2002. So Espy told her to call the bar association
    again, and she was told she could contact Scrushy and had a
    "moral duty to do the right thing."

    So she called and then later wrote several letters to Art Leach,
    who was representing Scrushy.

    Meanwhile, she had already told her story to her friend Mark
    Bollinger, who was on Alabama Attorney General Jimmy Evan's
    task force in the successful prosecution of Guy Hunt in 1993.
    Bollinger also knew Siegelman, so he eventually told Siegelman
    Ms. Simpson's story. Siegelman called and asked Ms. Simpson
    to write up an affidavit, but still she refused.

    Then as sentencing was approaching and justice didn't seem to
    be happening in Montgomery, Ms. Simpson finally came up with
    the idea to drive across state lines to Georgia and sign the
    affidavit in a lawyer's office in Dade County. She then met Mark
    Bollinger there and gave him a copy of the now famous affidavit.
    Why go to Georgia? Because she was afraid federal
    prosecutors or even Alabama's conservative Attorney General
    Troy King might drag her into court and tie her up with
    expensive paperwork for years for something like mail or wire
    fraud - for making accusations against a federal judge in an
    Alabama court filing sent through the mail, or even e-mail.

    But so far, the judge has ignored the facts in a brief filed with the
    11th circuit court based on her research and refused to step
    aside. Her name is not on the brief. And she insists she took no
    fee for her work and time.

    Ms. Simpson insists she had no desire for publicity and the only
    thing she's getting out of whole thing is "a bunch of misery." To
    back it up, she almost canceled talking to me two days before
    the interview. She would not allow any photos to be taken of her
    for this story. And she's refused at least one offer to appear on
    a national network television show to talk about her affidavit.

    But as the sentencing date approaches in less than a week, she
    thinks that without telling someone in the press the whole story -
    and getting it all out in a timely manner so people will
    understand it - justice may not prevail.

    In addition, she is not happy with the way assistant U.S. Attorney
    Louis Franklin has falsely attacked her in the local press. She
    believes the false allegations are a possible violation of federal
    guidelines governing what prosecutors can say to the press
    during the phase of a case between conviction and sentencing.
    And, one lawyer can't say that about another lawyer without
    potentially facing legal consequences.

    So she agreed to tell her story to me. After eight hours of talking
    with Ms. Simpson, she said something that should let you know
    where she stands - and it has nothing to do with partisan politics
    or money.

    "I still believe that justice will always prevail in the end," Ms.
    Simpson said. "Whether it prevails in time for Mr. Siegelman and
    Mr. Scrushy to avoid going to jail, we will see. But in the end,
    justice will always prevail. I really believe that."

    Apologies to Glynn Wilson  - Dana Jill Simpson Post on June 20,
    2007

    <source at Locust Fork>
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Key Points from the Sworn Testimony of
Dana Jill Simpson
Legal Schnauzer

Key points from Simpson's sworn testimony:
  • Rob Riley, the son of Alabama Governor Bob Riley, told her that
    Siegelman ended his challenge of Bob Riley's gubernatorial
    victory in 2002 after receiving assurances that "they would not
    further prosecute him with the Justice Department."
  • Bob Riley met with White House strategist Karl Rove about the
    Siegelman prosecution.
  • Rob Riley had frequent contact with Rove.
  • Rob Riley and others discussed Rove's direct involvement in the
    Siegelman prosecution.
  • Rob Riley told her in early 2005 that U.S. District Judge Mark
    Fuller would "hang Don Siegelman."
  • Rob Riley told her that he knew Fuller was going to get the
    Siegelman case nine months before an indictment came down.
  • Rob Riley told her in early 2005 that "they had come up with an
    idea to prosecute Don Siegelman with Richard Scrushy" after
    the initial charges against Siegelman were dropped. Riley told
    Simpson it was a good idea because "nobody likes Richard
    Scrushy, and he thought that would ensure a conviction for Don
    Siegelman."
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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...”

<link to  affidavit >
"I still believe that justice will
always prevail in the end," Ms.
Simpson said. "Whether it
prevails in time for Mr.
Siegelman and Mr. Scrushy to
avoid going to jail, we will see.
But in the end, justice will
always prevail. I really believe
that."

Dana Jill Simpson
HEROES
JILL SIMPSON
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Glynn Wilson of Locust Fork writes
an article about Jill Simpson for the
Nation. It includes video of "the"
KKK rally.
<link to "The Whistleblower's Tale>.
image: captured from '60 Minutes" site

Jill Simpson was interviewed
about her involvment with
"oppositional research" for the AL
GOP

<link to CBS 60 Minutes Site>
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