A prominent national law firm has released its list of the "Top 10 Worst Prosecutors" for 2008, and Alabama is well represented. U.S. Attorneys Alice Martin (Birmingham) and Leura Canary (Montgomery), Bush appointees who both went after former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman, richly deserve this dubious distinction:
While Alabama's federal prosecutors are being appropriately trashed on the national stage, they receive praises here at home. Yes, The Birmigham News, our reliably conservative fishwrapper, gives Martin an "attagirl" for going after Mayor Larry Langford in a case that appears to be riven with political motivations--like most everything else Martin has done:
I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...