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Siegelman Blasts DoJ and Judge In ‘Final' Reply Seeking Hearing

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Facing a sentence of 20 additional years in prison recommended by Bush Justice Department holdovers, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman finally took off the gloves Sept. 21 against his prosecutors and the judge -- and, for once, skipped any mention of Karl Rove.

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Citing new evidence since his 2006 conviction on bribery-related charges, Siegelman's nine-page filing called for a hearing with cross-examination, plus a new trial and new judge.

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The arguments responded to a government filing on Aug. 28 that no new evidence has been produced since Siegelman's 2006 convictions to justify a hearing or other relief.

More generally, Siegelman's prosecution remains the dramatic centerpiece of still-unsolved allegations that the Bush administration mounted a nationwide effort to change the country's political leadership by hundreds of disputed prosecutions of Democratic office-holders, candidates and contributors.

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Nowhere else have so many whistleblowers stepped forward and so many investigative reporters unearthed scandal, with so little result. If you'd like to see a step-by-step of what DoJ does to a whistleblower -- and its justifications for doing so -- read my new 5,000-word OpEd News interview with Grimes, who played figured prominently in Siegelman's arguments as an insightful professional.

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