NYT: Gov. Siegleman overdue for same as Sen. Stevens

Update 10/15:   Obama Justice Department Hangs Siegelman Whistleblower Out to Dry <read>

It’s hard to imagine a more clearcut case of unlawful retaliation. But the Obama Justice Department now is trying to ensure that Grimes does not receive unemployment benefits, and she has been denied health-care insurance–and she has a special-needs child!

Update 09/16: Siegelman Prosecutors Received Extensive Perks From Their “Recused” Boss <read>

Update 06/11:  Lawyer articulates flawed prosecution: Memo to Holder: Siegelman Prosecution Was Riddled With Misconduct <read>

Update 05/24: Siegelman’s First Trial Judge Blasts U.S. Prosecutors, Seeks Probe of ‘Unfounded’ Charges <read>

Update 05/14:  It gets worse, where is our Constitutional Law Professor Obama on this? <Brad Friedman>

Incredibly, the Bush-appointed prosecutors in the Siegelman case (who are, inexplicably, still on the job!) have now requested an even longer sentence for the former Democratic Gov. of Alabama who was railroaded as part of a Rove-led political prosecution.

Sign the letter to Attorney General Holder <read and sign>

We have talked about Gov. Don Siegleman’s stolen election and subsequent political inprisonment before.  As a New York Times Editorial points out its high time justice was done.  Justice would start with his exoneration and the investigation of the actual potential criminals in Alabam and the Justice Department <read>

Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent decision to drop all of the charges against Ted Stevens, the former Republican senator from Alaska, because of prosecutorial misconduct raises an important question: What about Don Siegelman? A bipartisan group of 75 former state attorneys general has written to Mr. Holder asking him to take a fresh look at the former Alabama governor’s case. He should do so right away.

Mr. Siegelman was convicted in 2006 on dubious corruption charges. He spent nine months in prison before being released on appeal, and he faces years more behind bars. He has long insisted that the case against him was politically motivated and that prosecutors engaged in an array of professional and ethical violations…

In the case of Mr. Stevens, who was convicted of felony charges for failing to disclose gifts and services, Mr. Holder was so troubled by the way the prosecution was carried out that he decided to drop the case entirely.

According to the Siegelman camp, at least three of the same officials who have been accused of prosecutorial misconduct in the Stevens case were involved in Mr. Siegelman’s prosecution. If true, this alone would seem to justify a thorough investigation of the case.


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