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FOOTBALL FEVER SPILLS OVER TO FEDERAL PRISON
Background: Gary White was a county commissioner in Jefferson County, Alabama. Good friends with Les Siegelman, he introduced Les's brother, [former] Alabama Governor Don Siegelman to Richard Scrushy, a local Republican businessman. Because of this, White became inextricably intertwined with Siegelman, who was one of the biggest targets of the Rove-directed, heavily politicized Department of Justice [DOJ].
Scrushy and Siegelman were later indicted and convicted on charges stemming from that relationship. According to affidavits provided by Gary [and Judy, who was also in the room] White was asked to perjure himself before a Grand Jury in order to make the case against Siegelman and Scrushy. White refused and the very next day, the DOJ started delivering subpoenas to build a case against him. White is serving ten years and has been moved most recently to Federal Prison in Arkansas. [BOP is Bureau of Prisons.]. Judy and I spoke earlier this week.
This is installment #24. [links to entire series at end of article.]
My guest today is frequent OpEdNews contributor, Judy White. Welcome back to OpEdNews, Judy.
JB: What's new with you and Gary these days?
JW: Soooo much! After visiting Gary last Sunday, I had to file new Internal Affairs complaints against prison employees! Not that that's anything new, but for the most bizarre reason.
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JB: What do you mean?
JW: The BOPers are certifiable HATERS, but who knew they could hate our beloved Crimson Tide?
JB: You're referring to the famed University of Alabama football team, of course.
JW: Yes. I've shared with you the interesting manner in which these Arkansas prison employees dress. Unlike anywhere else we've ever been - too many prisons - these prison employees don't wear professional uniforms. They wear blue jeans and t-shirts and baseball caps - normal street clothes. One named Bradshaw, in particular, had normally worn a floppy fishing hat, but with the arrival of football season, he has exchanged it for a baseball cap with the Arkansas Razorbacks logo.
JB: Okay. You've set the stage beautifully. What happened that's set you off?