Have you ever wondered what corrupt Republicans look like when they are caught in the act? Well, now you can find out--live and in color.
Alabama blogger Roger Shuler recently saw his house unlawfully auctioned on the front steps of the Shelby County Courthouse in Columbiana, Alabama.
But this story goes way beyond Alabama. The lawyer responsible for the unlawful sale of Shuler's house is William E. Swatek. His son, Dax Swatek, is a close associate of Bill Canary, who is a close associate of Karl Rove. In other words, the Swatek's GOP roots run right up to the front door of the Bush White House.
Mounting evidence, of course, indicates that Canary and Rove were at the heart of plot to politically prosecute former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman.
Ties to the Bush White House help explain why Bill Swatek gets away with all kinds of unlawful acts in Alabama courts, even though he has a 30-year history of unethical activities. Bill Swatek has been disciplined three times by the Alabama State Bar, including a suspension of his license for acts of "fraud and deceit." He also was tried in criminal court for perjury.
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...