Share on Google Plus Share on Twitter Share on Facebook 5 Share on LinkedIn Share on PInterest Share on Fark! Share on Reddit Share on StumbleUpon Tell A Friend 1 (6 Shares)  
Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites View Stats   12 comments

General News

Jailed Journalist Sends Shocking 'Letter from Birmingham Jail'

By (about the author)     Permalink       (Page 2 of 7 pages)
Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...) Add to My Group(s)

Valuable 6   Must Read 5   News 4  
View Ratings | Rate It Headlined to H2 3/16/14

- Advertisement -

In somewhat similar fashion, I am a messenger delivering Shuler's words to you now via rough notes from the jailhouse, where Shuler is being held and silenced.

These notes portray a shocking picture, including a massive failure by the nation's news media.

"I was surprised," as Alabama's ACLU Director Randall Marshall told me two weeks ago, "that there wasn't more of an outcry from the media world when this first happened." The ACLU filed a friend of the court brief, but is not representing Shuler.

What's At Stake

"I see this more as a kidnapping than a defamation case," Shuler told me from a visiting room in the jail. Let's examine why:

The younger Riley, co-plaintiff with Duke against Shuler in the libel suits, is the son of two-time GOP former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley (2003-2011). Riley defeated Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman (1999-2003), who is scheduled to serve more than four years for corruption charges stemming from 1999 conduct. 

In hundreds of blogs, Shuler -- along with many others, including here at OpEd News -- has repeatedly documented how Siegelman was framed by federal and state authorities, initially by Republicans but now in an ongoing whitewash by national Democrats.

Siegelman's crime? The gist is that the governor in 1999 asked one of the richest men in the state, businessman Richard Scrushy, to donate to the non-profit Alabama Education Foundation. The governor then re-appointed Scrushy to an unpaid state hospital board upon which Scrushy had served under three Republican governors.

- Advertisement -

The removal of Siegelman from public life enabled the Riley family and their allies such as Karl Rove to operate with a free hand in Alabama, where Siegelman was the leading Democrat.

Regarding Shuler's own case, he cited to me this week major violations of precedent and procedure, such as prior restraint, secret proceedings, jailing without bond, and lack of an arrest warrant.

Shuler has no lawyer or any funds for a lawyer. He says he fears for his life after seeing the mayhem that can occur in jail.

"I've been treated fairly well by fellow prisoners," Shuler told me. "But some of them come in hyped up on drugs, and I've barely escaped some vicious fights, typically over some little thing like who gets to use a phone for a 15-minute call. Anybody can get killed, and I saw it happen."

Media Indifference

- Advertisement -

I have previously written about Shuler's arrest in a half dozen columns, such as Alabama Court Again Hammers Blogger As NY Times Flubs Libel Story.

Most in the national media have abandoned Shuler and implicitly such First Amendment precedents as Sullivan that should have protected him along with the rest of the public.

From my experience reading Shuler's blogs since 2009, I regard him as a courageous, corruption-fighting writer.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7


Take action -- click here to contact your local newspaper or congress people:
Fight Corrupt Courts, Media Self-Censorship

Click here to see the most recent messages sent to congressional reps and local newspapers

Andrew Kreig is an investigative reporter, attorney, author, business strategist, radio host, and longtime non-profit executive based in Washington, DC. His most recent book is "Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters," the (more...)

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

Go To Commenting

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Follow Me on Twitter

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
- Advertisement -
Google Content Matches:

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Obama Team Feared Coup If He Prosecuted War Crimes

Cain's 'high-tech lynching' defense problem...Clarence Thomas lied

June Trial Looms As Obama DOJ Crusades Against Critics

Thomas Must Resign, Says Former Judge, Lover

CIA Executive's Son: Agency Murdered JFK & Lover

Rove Repeatedly Lies on Fox News About Siegelman Case


The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
6 people are discussing this page, with 12 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

The illegal jailing of Roger Shuler is outrageous!... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 1:23:05 PM
By the way, the judge, those who have sought to pr... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 1:42:47 PM
What's happened to Roger Shuler is so dishearteni... by Joan Brunwasser on Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 2:32:44 PM
Thank you, Mark and Joan. As an additional point, ... by Andrew Kreig on Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 2:59:35 PM
Roger Shuler's story is worse than anybody realiz... by Susan Lindauer on Monday, Mar 17, 2014 at 2:57:22 PM
Shuler is his own worst enemy.  All of this c... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Mar 18, 2014 at 8:07:55 AM
As usual, you are attempting to justify criminal c... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 12:33:40 PM
I do not think that you are cognizant of all the f... by Doc McCoy on Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 5:54:57 PM
The notice of the hearing was the document served ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Wednesday, Mar 19, 2014 at 7:46:21 PM
I agree that the Restraining Order issued is uncon... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 at 2:13:14 AM
"Doc"  I fail to feel any sincerity to a par... by Kathryn Bauman Rubenstein on Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 4:35:09 PM
Roger Shuler and his wife are the victims of Alab... by Kathryn Bauman Rubenstein on Monday, Mar 24, 2014 at 4:30:14 PM