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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 all Republicans, and the attorney who filed a fraudulent lawsuit against me has strong family ties to the Alabama Republican Party, with indirect connections to national figures such as Karl Rove. In fact, a number of Republican operatives who have played a central role in the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman (a Democrat) also have connections to my case.
I am married, with no kids and two Siamese cats. I am the author of the blog Legal Schnauzer. The blog is written in honor of Murphy, our miniature schnauzer (1993-2004)who did so much to help my wife and me survive our nightmarish experience with corrupt judges.
I grew up in Springfield, Missouri, and I am pretty much a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan. I've lived in Birmingham for almost 30 years and have adopted the UAB Blazers as my Southern college football and basketball team to follow. Also, follow East Tennessee State basketball.
An avid reader, both fiction and non-fiction. Influential writers on public affairs are Kevin Phillips, Michael Lind, Thomas Edsall, E.J. Dionne, Molly Ivins, and Scott Horton.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 27, 2009 Private Insurers Breed Medicare Fraud
Would a public health-care option make Medicare fraud worse. Almost certainly not. Why? Because much of Medicare fraud is driven by private companies, especially insurers.
SHARE Thursday, May 7, 2009 Alabama Jury Awards Almost $6 Million in Employment Case
Plaintiffs usually face an uphill battle in employment lawsuits. But several juries--including one just the other day in Alabama--have sent messages to employers: "Harass, discriminate, and retaliate, and we will hold you accountable."
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 18, 2009 Siegelman's Judge Committed Fraud on the Court
The judge in the Don Siegelman committed fraud on the court by failing to disclose his bias against the former governor. That means the judgment against Siegelman should be vacated.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 29, 2008 A Curious Case of Christian "Values"
An Alabama blogger encounters a large, conservative Alabama church that seems more than willing to take advantage of judges who are willing to cheat on the church's behalf. What kind of values are right-wing churches teaching?
(5 comments) SHARE Friday, May 23, 2008 Caught on Tape! Corrupt Republicans in Alabama
An Alabama blogger shows you what it looks like when corrupt Republicans are caught in the act. And these are just any corrupt Republicans. They have direct ties to the Bush White House.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 21, 2008 Did the Rove Crime Syndicate Strike Again?
A growing body of evidence suggests we might be more like Sicily than we care to admit.The latest grim evidence came Friday when a plane crashed in a residential area near Akron.What was in the off-the-grid e-mail system that Michael Connell helped set up?information about the Siegelman prosecutions,the Minor case,the 2002 governor's race, efforts to silence Jill Simpson?Was Connell the "man who knew too much?"
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 27, 2009 Debt Collectors, Depositions, and Videotape
What's it like to engage in combat with unethical debt collectors. Anyone with a credit card might face that situation someday. Here's a first-hand account.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, June 1, 2009 Did Siegelman's Former Lawyer Have a Glaring Conflict?
Doug Jones, who led the defense team of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman for three years, has long been involved in a massive lawsuit against Richard Scrushy, who was Siegelman's codefendant. Did this represent a major conflict on Siegelman's own defense team? Did this play a role in the convictions that Siegelman and Scrushy eventually received?
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, March 30, 2009 Alabama Corruption Fighter Is Corrupt Himself
A Bush-appointed prosecutor has tapped a trusted aide to be the point man for fighting public-corruption cases in Alabama. Only one problem: The point man himself is corrupt.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 8, 2009 The Abramoff Trail Might Be Growing Warm
Things have been quiet on the Jack Abramoff front. But former Abramoff associate Kevin Ring could hold the key to breaking the case wide open--and causing major headaches for prominent Republicans
SHARE Monday, June 8, 2009 A University Defrauds the Federal Government, Then Cuts Jobs
After allegedly defrauding the federal government out of $300-600 million, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) now finds itself having to lay off employees in its health system. How does an institution manage to pull off such a dubious "double play"?
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 14, 2008 New Whistleblower Emerges in Siegelman Case
The WH is particularly concerned about documents&evidence linking it to the prosecution of former AL Gov. Siegelman.This involves former WH counsel Harriet Miers,former sr. political advisor Karl Rove,and President Bush, himself.What you may wonder was the President of the US doing meddling in the prosecution of a Southern governor?That is a very good question.Some significant news on this front will break shortly.Stay tuned!
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 7, 2009 Appellate Court Butchers The Siegelman Ruling
President Barack Obama says he is more interested in looking forward rather than looking back at issues of injustice. And by appointing Greg Craig as White House counsel, Obama appears to have acquired a key advisor who is more interested in protecting Karl Rove than getting at justice.(What's going on,Mr. President?)These are dark days for American justice. And they just got darker on Friday.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 17, 2009 Siegelman Judge Faces Renewed Call for Impeachment
Mark Fuller, the federal judge who oversaw the Don Siegelman case, is facing a renewed call for his impeachment. A new investigative report also shows how much Fuller and his company, Doss Aviation, benefitted from government contracts during the Bush years.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 18, 2008 Here's the Latest on the Don Siegelman Story
Time magazine broke a story last Friday about misconduct by prosecutors and jurors in the trial of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. The story continues to reverberate around the Web, and here is the latest.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 5, 2009 Is Alabama GOP Governor Caught Red-Handed?
Bob Riley, Alabama's Republican Governor, apparently has cut several deals that sound a lot like the one that landed Don Siegelman, a Democrat, in federal prison. What are the chances that the Justice Department will scrutinize Riley?
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 14, 2009 The Hazards of Having Corrupt Federal Prosecutors
We already know about cases where corrupt prosecutors have botched federal trials, such as the one involving former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. But what about cases that are yet to go to trial? Will those cases be tainted by corruption in the Bush Justice Department?
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, May 11, 2009 Bush Did the Same Thing That Landed Don Siegelman in Prison
As governor of Texas, George W. Bush routinely took large donations and then appointed the donors to state boards and commissions. So why did that same pratice, when done by Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, become a federal crime once Bush became president?
SHARE Monday, May 11, 2009 A Bad Judge Is Handling Mega Lawsuit Against Siegelman Codefendant
Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, the codefendant in Don Siegelman's criminal case, is facing a civil lawsuit that could involve hundeds of millions of dollars. It will be overseen by Judge Allwin Horn, who is a corrupt Republican. I know, from firsthand experience.
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 15, 2008 Alabama Blogger is Fired Over Siegelman Coverage
An Alabama blogger is fired from his job as an editor at a public university for writing critically about the Bush Justice Department, particularly its handling of the Don Siegelman case.
SHARE Tuesday, June 16, 2009 Here's How An Appellate Court Cheated Don Siegelman
The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that upheld most of the convictions against former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman appears to have given validity to the government's case. And with federal prosecutors asking that Siegelman receive a 20-year prison sentence, the possible repercussions are drastic. So here is a key question: Did the 11th Circuit get it right? In a series that starts today, we show the answer is no.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, April 20, 2009 Did Eric Holder Sell Paul Minor Down the River
Attorney General Eric Holder could have intervened, forcing the Federal Bureau of Prisons (which answers to him) to allow Paul Minor to attend his wife's funeral. Holder, who intervened in the case of Republican Ted Stevens, chose to remain mute. Why?
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, February 5, 2009 Political Prosecutions Continue in Alabama
Barack Obama might be in the White House, but injustice continues in America's broke courts. The John W. Goff case is proof that Karl Rove's legacy of sleaze lives on.
SHARE Tuesday, September 23, 2008 Plot Thickens in Mississippi Senate Race
Evidence continues to mount that the Bush DOJ plans to issue an indictment that is timed to influence the tight Mississippi US Senate race between Dem Ronnie Musgrove and Repub Roger Wicker.An indictment against Musgrove,which could come between now and the 11/4 election,probably would secure a victory for Wicker.It also raises questions about a number of criminal investigations by the DOJ that appear politically motivated.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 27, 2009 Are Bush Crimes Prosecutable?
Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, normally a well-reasoned progressive voice, says we should give Bush officials a free pass on their apparent crimes. Hard to believe someone as smart as Pitts could be so off base.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Jill Simpson is Still Standing Strong
Jill Simpson, an Alabama attorney and Republican whistleblower, has played a vital role in uncovering sleaze at the Bush Justice Department. It's been almost a year since Simpson stepped forward, and in spite of outrageous GOP attacks, she is standing strong.
SHARE Tuesday, March 24, 2009 Did Appellate Court Screw Don Siegelman? You Betcha
The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the conviction of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman on corruption. Did the all-Republican, three-judge get it right, according to the law. Not on your life.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 9, 2009 Is Another Bush Prosecution Falling Apart?
A federal judge in Georgia has admitted that he never should have overseen the case against former state senator Charles Walker. Could that be a sign that another Bush prosecution is falling apart?
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 10, 2009 Snakes Alive! A Rift Develops in the Alabama GOP
Despite her claims that she will cling to her US attorney's spot and force Obama to fire her,Martin knows her days are numbered in the DoJ.That means she needs a new appointment-to avoid having to get a real job-and she wants Riley to appoint her to the vacant Criminal Appeals seat...Riley probably is concerned that if he appoints Martin, it could turn scrutiny onto him--and his own considerable ethical baggage.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 14, 2009 Is Another Fix In Place On The Siegelman Case?
Could the Obama administration actually strike a deal with GOP senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby to keep a Bush-appointed prosecutor in charge of the Don Siegelman case.
SHARE Sunday, April 12, 2009 Humanity Remains Absent in Paul Minor Case
Not only was Mississippi attorney Paul Minor wrongfully prosecuted and convicted by the Bush Department of Justice. Now federal lawyers are fighting to keep[ him from seeing his dying wife in her final days.
SHARE Thursday, July 16, 2009 Palin's Attorney Treads On Thin Legal Ice
Sarah Palin's attorney is threatening lawsuits against journalists who report that the Alaska governor's resignation was linked to a possible federal investigation. The published material, however, is not remotely defamatory under the law, and the lawyer could wind up bringing a lawsuit on himself--and Palin
SHARE Wednesday, June 24, 2009 The Cheating of Don Siegelman, Part I
The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld most of the convictions in the Don Siegelman case, giving some validity to the trial-court's findings in the politically charged case. But a close examination shows that the 11th Circuit bothced the Siegelman appeal in multiple ways.
SHARE Thursday, June 4, 2009 Cyril Wecht Lands Verbal Haymakers on Bush Prosecutor
The government's case against Pennsylvania forensic pathologist Cyricl Wecht fell apart when an appellate court forced a biased trial judge to step down. Wecht took several delicious verbal swipes at Bush-appointed prosecutor Mary Beth Buchanan after she dismissed charges against him. Makes you wonder why corrupt trial judge Mark Fuller still is in charge of the Don Siegelman case in Alabama.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 20, 2008 Do Liberals Control Higher Education? Not Hardly
A progressive getting fired from a university for blogging on his own time? And he's not even the first progressive in his office to get in trouble for blogging? Who says liberals control higher education?
SHARE Thursday, January 15, 2009 Universities And Other Scoundrels Reach Late Deals With Bushies
Fraudsters are trying to reach last-minute settlements with the Bush administration, out of fear they won' get off easy under Obama. The fraudsters include universities, and the writer has personal insight on one of them--the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 7, 2009 Are Siegelman and Minor One Step Closer to Justice?
A ruling today in the Ted Stevens case will lead to heightened scrutiny of the Bush-era Department of Justice. That should be a good sign for Don Siegelman, Paul Minor and other victims of political prosecutions.
SHARE Thursday, July 2, 2009 Is Artur Davis Selling Out Obama for Personal Gain?
Alabama Congressman Artur Davis reportedly is consulting two Republicans about the nominee for a U.S. attorney post. This could lead to the re-appointment of Leura Canary, the prosecutor in the Don Siegelman case. Will Davis heap embarrassment on the Obama administration, just to further his own bid for Alabama governor?
SHARE Tuesday, June 16, 2009 Public Integrity Section Shows Lack of Integrity in Siegelman Prosecution
The Public Integrity Section (PIN) of the U.S. Justice Department has been under scrutiny for apparent prosecutorial misconduct in Alaska corruption cases. An Alabama whisteblower says similar misconduct was present in the Don Siegelman case, and she says those convictions should be set aside.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 24, 2008 Don Siegelman Comes Out Swinging
An inside look at the appeal being filed by former Alabama Democratic Governor Don Siegelman, who has been the best known political prisoner to suffer under the Bush Justice Department
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 27, 2009 It's Really Not About Don Siegelman
The Don Siegelman case really is not about the former Alabama governor. It is about "equal protection," "due process," the fundamental integrity of our courts--all issues that are way bigger than Siegelman, or anyeone else.
SHARE Thursday, June 4, 2009 Did Holder Go Easy on GOP Phone Jammer?
The case against alleged Republican phone jammer James Tobin has ended, with the DOJ dropping a possible appeal. Did Eric Holder go easy on a GOP scoundrel?
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 14, 2009 Don Siegelman and the Plague of Judicial Bias
The prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman is probably the best known case involving apparent judicial bias. But recent news reports indicate the problem is widespread and difficult to combat.
SHARE Friday, September 4, 2009 Did Alabama's GOP Governor Commit a Crime?
Governor Bob Riley, according to a news report, has tried to influence a decision by the Alabama Supreme Court in a gambling-related case. If this is proven, did Riley commit a crime?
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 25, 2009 The Cheating of Don Siegelman, Part II
How badly did the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals screw up its ruling in the Don Siegelman case? The appeal was largely about bribery, and the court did not even get the fundamentals of bribery law right. The court claimed that the case hinged on an argument the Siegelman defense team didn't even make. What can explain such incompetence by a federal court?
SHARE Tuesday, July 15, 2008 The Power of a Raw Story
Since Raw Story on Friday afternoon broke the story about my termination from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), traffic on Legal Schnauzer has more than tripled from what I would normally see on a Friday and Saturday. And that's on a weekend in the middle of summer vacation season.
SHARE Monday, April 6, 2009 Don Siegelman and the Little Banner that Could
How do important messages about justice reach the public? Jeff Miles, of Madison, Alabama, shows us one way to get the word out.
In a brief (1:28) video titled "The Little Banner That Could," Miles shows us how a simple message made its way from a small garage in north Alabama to within a few blocks of America's seat of power.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 25, 2009 How Much Money Will Be Wasted On The Siegelman Case?
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and codefendant Richard Scrushy recently filed appeals of their criminal convictions with the U.S. Supreme Court. Our initial reaction? How much money is going to be wasted on a case that should have been kicked out of court before the first witness ever took the stand?
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 29, 2009 The Cheating of Don Siegelman, Part III
Is it too much to ask for federal judges to give the correct jury instructions in a criminal case. In the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, it apparently was too much to ask.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 7, 2009 Justice Department Whistleblower Is Fired in Alabama
Tamarah Grimes became known late last year for disclosing prosecutorial misconduct in the Don Siegelman case. Now, Grimes has been fired from her job as a legal aide in the Middle District of Alabama.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 9, 2009 Was Siegelman Whistleblower Really a Security Risk?
A Justice Department officials says a whistleblower in the Don Siegelman case was fired because she had become "an operational security risk." Is there any evidence to support that claim regarding former legal aide Tamarah Grimes? Not that we can find.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, June 16, 2008 How a Corrupt Bushie Operates in Alabama
An Alabama blogger shows exactly how a U.S. attorney in the Bush Justice Department corruptly protects wrongdoers with strong conservative loyalties.
SHARE Wednesday, July 22, 2009 How the 11th Circuit Cheated Don Siegelman: A Summary
Explosive news has come in recent days from motions for a new trial in the Don Siegelman case. But those motions would not have been necessary if the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals had followed its own precedent and overturned the verdicts.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 24, 2008 Paying the Price For Looking Too Closely at the Siegelman Case
Republican authorities are threatening to seize my house, in a thinly
veiled attempt to shut down my blog. I think this has a lot to do with
U.S. Attorney Alice Martin, who led the first effort to go after Don
Siegelman.Here is my most recent post about what amounts to state-sponsored terrorism by the Alabama GOP.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 3, 2008 Good Day for Siegelman, Good Day for Justice
The former governor got more good news,in the form of an excellent column titled "What Karl Rove Fears Most"(love that headline!)by Dan Froomkin of the Washington Post.There is so much good stuff in Froomkin's column, it's hard to know where to begin.Basically,it's a splendid overview of recent events regarding Rove and his slithering efforts to avoid testifying about his role in the Siegelman case and other DOJ shenanigans.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Former AGs Seek A Stevens-Like Review of Siegelman Case
A Department of Justice review resulted in dismissed charges against former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK). A group of former top law-enforcement officials is asking for a similar review in the Don Siegelman case.
SHARE Sunday, June 1, 2008 Will a Corrupt U.S. Attorney Eat Her Own Words?
Alice Martin, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, was the first prosecutor to go after former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman. Martin claims that she is a high-minded, impartial public servant. But do her actions live up to her rhetoric?
SHARE Wednesday, October 22, 2008 The Backstory of a GOP "Political Hit"
What would cause the Republican sleaze machine to attack a regular citizen, a "Joe Six Pack," if you will. Here's the story behind a GOP political hit.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 8, 2008 Don Siegelman and the Bush Double Standard
A former Democratic governor in Alabama is prosecuted on "corruption" charges for allegedly receiving a campaign contribution and then taking action that benefited his supporter. Alabama's current Republican governor has done pretty much the same thing. Does the Bush Justice Department show any signs of prosecuting that deal? Does the Alabama press show any signs of raising questions about the deal?
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 1, 2008 Will This Corrupt U.S. Attorney Eat Her Words?
Alabama U.S. Attorney Alice Martin has been called one of the primary practitioners of political prosecution in the corrupt Bush Justice Department. An Alabama blogger has had a personal experience that proves Alice Martin truly is a Bush political hack.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, June 20, 2008 Progress for Political Prisoners in Paul Minor Case?
The Paul Minor case in Mississippi ranks right up there with the Don Siegelman case in Alabama as an example of political prosecution by the Bush Justice Department. Encouraging news comes today for the Minor defendants.
SHARE Tuesday, June 10, 2008 ExxonMobil Prospers, Alabama Flounders
Alabama's Republican-controlled Supreme Court overturned a $3.6 billion judgment for the state and against oil giant ExxonMobil. With the Bush economy going in the tank, Alabama sure could use that money now.
SHARE Sunday, April 27, 2008 Siegelman and the Alabama Press
I've taken a journalism class or two in my time,and this one is hard to figure.The state's former gov gives his first major in-state interview since his release from prison and the AP's Montgomery bureau doesn't pick it up?This is curious: both stories are sympathetic to Siegelman,yet they don't run the first one and then don't mention the second because, well,I guess as they say on South Park,"Nothing to see here,move along."
SHARE Wednesday, July 1, 2009 The Cheating of Don Siegelman, Part IV
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman was convicted largely on the basis of impermissible hearsay evidence. But the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the unlawful trial-court finding to stand.
SHARE Thursday, June 5, 2008 Doing Battle With a Corrupt Bushie
An Alabama blogger shows you exactly how a corrupt U.S. attorney in the Bush Justice Department practices the ugly art of political prosecution, protecting her Republican allies who have committed clear federal crimes.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 12, 2012 Siegelman Prosecution has ties to 9/11
The prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman was driven in part by a desire to cover up activity related to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, according to a new report from a Washington, D.C.-based investigative journalist.