But protesters can expect scant impact when Democratic Party leaders distance themselves from Siegelman after years of negative news coverage.
Siegelman told a progressive audience last summer at Netroots Nation that Obama White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett had told him earlier that day that defendants like him must build media and political support for themselves to win White House interest.
But Hollywood filmmaker John McTiernan of Die Hard fame showed last year in The Political Prosecutions of Karl Rove the difficulty for political defendants in matching the DOJ's resources, even if courts permitted it. You can watch here for free the documentary portraying the financial ruin imposed on defendants by federal charges.
This rings true. Last June, she drove from Alabama to Washington to watch a path-breaking conference that I organized at the National Press Club to focus on prosecutorial abuse in political cases. But she declined my invitation to speak to the nationwide audience on C-SPAN.
"I just want to watch," Simpson told me last summer. "I've had my house burned, my car run off the road, my legal practice hit, all for what I said. I'm not sorry I did it. I had to do it. But I don't need more." She was a reluctant subject even for this interview.
Later this week, I'm planning to publish suggested questions for news reporters interviewing Rove as he proceeds on his book tour nationally. The questions are based on my 18 months research on prosecution misconduct cases, which has led to creation of the Justice Integrity Project to help reporters with the kind of in-depth research increasingly difficult during news industry budget cuts.
To check the facts and provide fair warning, I gave Rove the questions in advance in late March. Also, I invited him to appear on my radio show, which has hosted Siegelman and several prominent authors objecting to our nation's loss of civil liberties.
Karl Rove & Co. Chief of Staff Sheena Tahilramani responded to my invitations with an email, "As far as any background on this subject, it's just not something Karl's able to delve into while he's in the middle of the tour. I've already got him fully committed and his plate is full. Thanks for reaching out."