Political Justice in America

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,…

General Clark Calls Siegelman Prosecution Political, Bush Presidency ‘The Worst’

Photo by Glynn Wilson General Wesley Clark says Siegalman’s prosecution was “politicized” and called “W” the “worst ever.” by Glynn Wilson General Wesley Clark received standing ovations from Democrats Friday night when he called former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman “a great American” and an “honest man” who was “unjustly confined” by a rogue Justice Department…

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…

CBS's Sixty Minutes Interviews Jill Simpson for Siegelman Exposé

Feds May Deny Access to Siegelman in Jail North Alabama attorney and GOP Whistleblower Jill Simpson was interviewed by CBS’s Sixty Minutes Sunday in preparation for an upcoming show on the political prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. Sources close to Ms. Simpson and the Sixty Minutes show also say the federal prison system…

Democrats Call for Sessions’ Recusal in Siegelman Investigation

Alabama Democratic Party Executive Director Jim Spearman is calling on U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to offer a formal recusal of his activities related to Senate Judiciary Committee investigations or hearings related to controversies at the U.S. Department of Justice, and more specifically any future investigations or hearings related to the matter of former Governor…

House Judiciary Committee to Interview Simpson in Siegelman Investigation

by Glynn Wilson A letter made public today by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., confirms that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee staff and legal counsel will interview North Alabama lawyer Jill Simpson Friday, Sept. 14, in Washington as part of an ongoing investigation into the political corruption of the judicial system by the Bush White House…

U.S. Attorney General Gonzales Resigns

by Glynn Wilson Alberto Gonzales, the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general and perhaps one of the most incompetent and corrupt, announced his resignation Monday in a terse statement, ending a wrenching standoff with congressional critics over his honesty and competence at the helm of the Bush Justice Department. Republicans and Democrats alike had demanded his…

Siegelman Letter Says Karl Rove Behind Prosecution

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman says in a letter written from federal prison that he is confident his conviction will be overturned and a congressional probe will show that Republican politics was behind the probe of his Democratic administration, according to a story just out from the Associated Press. Siegelman says in the letter that…

Bush’s Brain Karl Rove Resigns from White House

by Glynn Wilson Karl Rove, President Bush’s close friend and chief political strategist, said Monday he plans to leave the White House at the end of August in a teary-eyed press conference. He joins a lengthening line of senior officials heading for the exits in the final 1 1/2 years of the administration, according to…

Political Justice Predates Gonzales

Editor’s Note: This story demonstrates the kind of historical context American journalism needs to provide readers to foster an informed electorate in a democratic society as outlined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting special rights to the press. This story was intended to be a sidebar to a major piece of explanatory…

Bush Justice Department Scandal Update: Read Jill Simpson’s Affidavit

by Glynn Wilson Republicans in the U.S. Senate today managed to block a symbolic ‘no-confidence’ vote on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, rejecting a Democratic effort to force him from office amid blistering criticism from lawmakers in both parties, according to the Associated Press. The 53-38 vote to move the resolution to full debate fell seven…

Times Finally Reports Bush Justice Department Bias in Alabama Cases

by Glynn Wilson It is interesting that the New York Times has finally decided to report on the political bias of the Bush Justice Department now, on the verge of sentencing for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy. Photo by Glynn Wilson Richard Scrushy found guilty in Montgomery case In a…