Political Justice in America

The Pursuit of Karl Rove, Disgraced White House Aide

It’s dog days in August in DC and Congress is in recess, leading some Senators, for example, to do things like campaign in Alabama by pretending to save the catfish ‘industry’. But it appears all the “aggressive progressive” pressure on House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, the Michigan Democrat, is forcing him to take a…

Mukasey Names Former Canary Mouthpiece Chief of Staff

Attorney General Michael Mukasey has appointed Brian Benczkowski, former mouthpiece to U.S. Attorney Laura Canary of Siegelman indictment fame, to serve as his chief of staff, the Justice Department announced today. Benczkowski, 38, currently serves as chief of staff to Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip. “I am happy that Brian Benczkowski has agreed to serve…

A Right-Wing Attack Machine Kind of Day…

Ho, hum. Yawn… Karl Rove’s minions have been hard at work today, high on meth and Red Bull, trying to follow-up the media coverage in the Siegelman appeal by trying to anonymously and otherwise discredit reliable sources. Since I have other blog business to do around here and don’t have anymore time to waste on…

Tainted Prosecutors File Appeal Brief in Siegelman Case

The tainted U.S. attorney’s office in Montgomery is sticking by its case against former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy and has now filed its brief with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta asking that the case be upheld, although most informed legal sources now recognize that it was a…

Conyers Demands Immediate Compliance from Rove

Some Alabama Bloggers Waste Bandwidth House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, the Michigan Democrat, demanded in a letter this week that Karl Rove, Harriet Miers and other subpoenad White House aides comply with a federal judge’s order and appear “immediately” before the committee to testify under oath – or face criminal contempt charges from the…

Corrupt Bush Justice Department Retrospective

While we’re out of town blogging from T-Town, we recommend following the coverage over at another so-called liberal news blog out of D.C., the TPMMuckraker. The crew there is indispensable for up-to-the-minute coverage, along with other blogs like this one…

Jill Simpson Calls on Pelosi to Find Rove in Full Contempt

Don Siegelman Agrees by Glynn Wilson Alabama attorney and GOP whistleblower Jill Simpson is calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow a vote in the full House of Representatives on “inherent contempt” for former Bush political aide Karl Rove. In light of the Judiciary Committee’s vote Wednesday finding him in contempt of Congress for…

House Judiciary Committee Holds Karl Rove in Contempt

The United States House Judiciary Committee voted 20-14 Wednesday morning to hold former Bush political adviser Karl Rove in contempt of Congress for failing to respond to a subpoena to testify under oath before the committee. In a memo on the full committee meeting, Chairman John Conyers, the Michigan Democrat, summarized the facts surrounding Rove’s…

House Judiciary Committee to Vote on Rove Contempt

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a resolution to hold former Bush political aide Karl Rove in contempt of Congress for failing to appear to testify as directed by a Congressional subpoena. Rove’s attorney cited executive privilege when the former top White House adviser declined to appear at a July 10…

Bush Justice Department Officials Broke the Law in Hiring

by Glynn Wilson Former Justice Department counselor Monica M. Goodling and former chief of staff D. Kyle Sampson routinely broke the law by conducting political litmus tests on candidates for jobs as judges and career prosecutors, according to a report on the Bush Justice Department released Monday by the department’s own inspector general’s office. Goodling…

Report Shows Politics Ruled Bush Justice Department

by Glynn Wilson Maybe this will convince the Alabama press corps that politics was paramount to the exclusion of impartial justice in the Bush Justice Department. The United States Department of Justice Office of Inspector General, which is charged by law with the conducting “independent investigations, audits, inspections, and special reviews” of DOJ personnel and…

Media Alert: Fox 6 News Covers the Blog Influence Story

Picasso’s Don Quixote Fox 6 News in Birmingham had the story Sunday on the broadcast at 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. on how the independent Web Press influenced the case of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. A news team interviewed me and Roger Shuler of the Legal Schnauzer blog this afternoon in Picasso’s Blog Bunker,…

House Judiciary Panel Sues Bush Aides for Contempt

Political Justice At Issue by Glynn Wilson The general counsel for the United States House of Representatives filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of the House Judiciary Committee Monday to enforce subpoenas on former aides to President Bush who have refused to cooperate in the investigation of how the Justice Department was turned into a…

A Political War on The Law Continues on Alabama Soil

by Glynn Wilson The Bush Justice Department and the administration of Alabama Governor Bob Riley continue to play offense in the great ongoing political war against the rule of law in America. The war is being played out on Alabama soil like some of the great battles of the Civil War, only this time, the…

Siegelman Attorney Calls For Special Prosecutor

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman’s attorney Vince Kilborn released his three page letter today to United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey calling for a special prosecutor to look into legal irregularities in the case. You can read the letter in pdf format here. Here’s the AP story the other day, in case you missed it…

Alternate Reality Headline Goes Here

More Distortions Hit The Web in Siegelman’s Case Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson Sometimes in winter, even when there is rare snow on the ground in Alabama, it is better to sleep late. If for no other reason than to give the other Web publishers time to get their acts together before it’s time…

The Post '60 Minutes' White House Hangover

King wannabe George W. Bush went live on cable news this morning to take one more swipe at pushing retroactive immunity for the telecom giants, oddly also pushing his “faith-based initiative” to the governors visiting the White House. He looked like he was back on the blow and Jim Beam last night while watching the…

Siegelman Prosecution Questions Answered on ’60 Minutes’

The CBS magazine show “60 Minutes” showed that the Siegelman prosecutors suppressed exculpatory evidence and lied about it to a federal judge, according to a key lawyer who reviewed the evidence in advance. “This is devastating,” he said. “For the DOJ to fail to deny accusations of serious prosecutorial misconduct is a BIG DEAL. This…

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…

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…