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.]
This is installment #28. [Links* to entire series at end of article.]
My guest today is frequent OpEdNews contributor, Judy White. Welcome back, Judy.
Joan Brunwasser: I understand that right now you're in Forrest City, Arkansas and fully intended to visit Gary today after your early-morning, 300-mile drive. How did it go?
Judy White: The prison employees refused to let me visit Gary.
I stepped on the grass.