HealthSouth’s Richard Scrushy on Trial

Siegelman '60 Minutes' Watch Parties Across Alabama

There will be a Birthday Party for former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman Sunday night at The Rare Martini, 2839 7th Avenue South (in the Lakeview district at the corner of 7th Avenue and 29th Street), with doors opening at 5 p.m. The program begins at 6 p.m. Central time. Democrats across Alabama will gather to…

The Unjust Judge and the Importunate Widow

Luke 18:1-8 1 And he told them a parable, to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor regarded man; 3 and there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and…

Republican Operative to Out Karl Rove on ’60 Minutes’

A Republican operative in Alabama says Karl Rove asked her to try to prove the state’s Democratic governor was unfaithful to his wife in an effort to thwart the highly successful politician’s re-election, according to the CBS magazine show “60 Minutes.” Rove’s attempt to smear Don Siegelman was part of a Republican campaign to ruin…

Siegelman ’60 Minutes’ Segment to Run THIS Sunday

Glynn Wilson Don Siegelman: Political prisoner? by Glynn Wilson The much anticipated segment on the CBS News magazine show “60 Minutes” about the political prosecution of Don Siegelman will run this Sunday, according to reliable sources, on the former Alabama governor’s 62nd birthday and his 8th month in a Louisiana prison. North Alabama lawyer Jill…

Siegelman 60 Minutes Update

I would have posted this a good bit sooner, but it just goes to show you that the Alabama Power ad campaign now running in all the Newhouse newspapers and on the al.com Website right now is pure hogwash. “Alabama Power: Always On?” Not around here, ever. My power has been going on and off…

Up This Sunday on 60 Minutes?

A THOUSAND LIVES A MONTH ? – A renowned researcher estimates that 22,000 patients could have been saved if the Food and Drug Administration removed the heart surgery drug Trasylol two years ago, when his study revealed widespread death associated with it. Scott Pelley reports. Solly Granatstein is the producer. THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS –…

House Holds White House Aides in Contempt

The United States House of Representatives voted Thursday to hold two of President Bush’s aides in contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into whether a purge of federal prosecutors was politically motivated, according to the AP and other sources. Angry Republicans boycotted the vote and staged a walkout. The vote was…

’60 Minutes’ Source Confirms Locust Fork Journal Story

by Glynn Wilson Another inside source from the CBS News ’60 Minutes’ magazine show just called from New York to confirm the accuracy of what has already been reported here. There is no truth to the rumor, traveling around the Net in e-mail and on the Web on some blogs, that “CBS corporate” is going…

House Democrat Questions Mukasey On Siegelman

I’ve been on the road today and didn’t get to catch the Webcast of the hearing, and it doesn’t look like anyone else on the Web is reporting much about this tonight. The video link doesn’t work on the House Judiciary Committee Website and no transcript has been posted yet. But from talking to one…

House Democrats to Grill Mukasey On Siegelman

The political prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman will be on the agenda today when Attorney General Michael Mukasey testifies before the United States House Judiciary Committee in Washington. U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., asked Mukasey to be prepared to discuss the Siegelman case during an oversight hearing of the Justice Department, according to…

Siegelman ’60 Minutes’ Story IS NOT DEAD!

by Glynn Wilson The CBS News magazine show “60 Minutes’ is not backing down from running an investigative story on the political prosecution of Don Siegelman based on the testimony of Alabama lawyer Jill Simpson, according to sources who are directly involved with the show’s scheduling, The Locust Fork Journal has learned. An earlier report…

Another Political Prosecution in Alabama?

Special to the Locust Fork Journal No Comment by Scott Horton Edited by Glynn Wilson Teacher, legislator Sue Schmitz Editor’s Note: If you know Sue Schmitz, we would love to hear your stories about her and learn how people who know her feel about this story. Please feel free to make comments in the end,…

Scrushy Files Personal Appeal For Release

Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy says in an affidavit submitted to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals he will put up $10 million in property as security to show he is no flight risk, if only the court will release him from prison while his conviction in a questionable and likely political government corruption…

Siegelman’s Quest for Justice An Uphill Fight?

by Glynn Wilson The Birmingham News carried a story Saturday that is by far the most fair and balanced piece they have run in the history of the federal prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and deposed HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy. Too bad they didn’t save it for the front page of the Sunday…

Conyers Apologizes to Jill Simpson for Transcript Leak

October 18,2007 Ms. Dana Jill Simpson P.O. Box. 341 Rainsville, AL 35986 Dear Ms. Simpson: I write to offer my personal thanks for the cooperation you have voluntarily provided the Committee on the Judiciary as it investigates serious allegations that political considerations may have influenced federal criminal prosecutions. In particular, I thank you for agreeing…

Alabama Democrats Say ‘Don’t Shoot the Messenger’

by Glynn Wilson Alabama Democratic Party Chairman Joe Turnham came to the defense of Democratic Congressman Artur Davis today. Davis was publicly and personally castigated by both the GOP Party Chairman and the governor in Alabama newspapers for his participation and remarks in this week’s congressional hearings looking into the Republican political prosecution of Democrats,…

The Nation: A Whistleblower’s Tale

Editor’s Note: This national magazine feature is the result of a five month-long investigation, funded by The Nation Institute’s Investigative Fund. It began on June 1, 2007, the day the affidavit story broke in the New York Times and Time magazine. By Glynn Wilson Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, one of the most popular progressive…

‘No Question’ Siegelman Prosecution ‘Driven by Politics’

by Glynn Wilson Birmingham attorney and former U.S. attorney Doug Jones testified before a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday about what he called “a disturbing trend” of selective prosecutions on the part of the Bush Justice Department. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, also concluded that politics was clearly involved in the prosecution of former…

Don Siegelman's Case Goes to Washington

The U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittees on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security and Commercial and Administrative Law will hold a hearing today, Oct. 23, beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, 9 CDT, called “Allegations of Selective Prosecution: The Erosion of Public Confidence in Our Federal Justice System.” Members will address allegations of selective prosecution in several…

House Judiciary Committee Schedules Selective Prosecution Hearing Oct. 23

House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich, will hold a joint hearing on “Selective Prosecution: The Erosion of Public Confidence in Our Federal Justice System,” on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m., according to the committee’s Website. The hearing will be a joint session of the subcommittees on Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property, and…