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60 Minutes Coverage on the Siegelman Case

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60 Minutes yesterday produced a solid report on the difficult-to-believe
prison sentence meted out to Don Siegelman, the Alabama governor unseated in 2002 when 6,000 votes were changed in the middle of the night, and no one
was permitted - ever - to see the ballots. When Siegleman launched a
campaign to win back office in 2006, the Justice Dept, the Alabama GOP and
Karl Rove launched trumped-up charges that led to his being locked away and
silenced in a federal prison cell.

60 Minutes didn't mention that the 2002 election was stolen, but I'd rather
not be critical of a courageous, generally strong report. One is left
outraged, and with no question but that the prosecution was a sham, a gross
abuse of power, and that even a powerful man can be removed from office,
branded, and whisked off to prison for seven years - simply for being an
electoral threat to the Republican Party.

See the 60 Minutes story at:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/21/60minutes/main3859830.shtml

For those who are interested in the rest of the story -- of the 2002
election theft, see
http://www.electionintegrity.org/blogengine/post/2008/02/Siegelman.aspx.

 

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Steven Freeman is a professor at University of Pennsylvania and the co-author of Was The 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? with Joel Bleifuss.
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