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Alabama Senator Shelby Backs Down From Blocking Obama's Nominees

Wed, 10 Feb 2010 01:23:35 +0000

An Alabama Senator with long-standing ties to the US military-industrial complex and an outspoken critic of President Barack Obama is backing down from a direct confrontation with the White House today after taking the unprecedented step of announcing last week that he would filibuster all the president's appointments to secure earmarks for his home state. US Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican who switched from the Democratic Party to be part of the Gingrich revolution in 1994, placed a hold on more than 80 presidential nominations before the Senate last week. He relented on Monday, saying he had simply been trying "to get the White House's attention." Read the full story at here:

The Law Is What The King Says It Is...

Wed, 02 Sep 2009 19:59:53 +0000

After spending a good part of the day Tuesday studying the U.S. attorneys response to the motion for a new trial filed in federal court by former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy, I re-watched The Other Boleyn Girl film on Encore last night. As many long-time readers will remember, we spent a good bit of time and space back during the Bush years showing parallels between American democracy then and European monarchy in the days of Henry VIII as well as King George III. So what’s the lesson for today? Read the full column to find out...

Rove Issues Non-Denial Denial in Siegelman Case

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 17:35:17 +0000

Karl Rove admits having a "senior moment" in his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, dancing around the key allegations that he had direct knowledge and an active role in the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and the firings of U.S. attorneys. He takes what Washington insiders call the Ronald Reagan defense, a.k.a. the "Alzheimer's defense," as in "I don't recall." In other words, and in contradiction with other published reports that Rove once again denied his role in manipulating the justice system from the White House, Rove's testimony is what we call in the news business, a "non-denial denial." Read the full story in the New York Times of blogs, The Locust Fork News-Journal.

TVA Dumps Toxic Coal Ash in Poor Alabama Town

Mon, 10 Aug 2009 20:42:10 +0000

UNIONTOWN, Ala. — The Rev. James R. Murdock sits on his porch with a view of the Arrowhead Landfill and wonders, watching the TVA coal ash train roll in. A cancer survivor, Murdock is anxious about the toxic and radioactive coal ash rolling into town. It contains at least 14 different chemicals and heavy metals, including arsenic and lead. There are ways to recycle some coal ash, like putting it in concrete. But experts say this particular coal ash is some of the most toxic ever generated as a byproduct of burning some of the dirtiest coal to ever be mined for electric power. It has been piling up in East Tennessee since the 1960s. A member of Congress from Huntsville, a doctor, recently testified it was as deadly as nuclear waste. Read the full story in The Locust Fork News-Journal...

Spinmaster Karl Rove At It Again in Defiance of Congress

Fri, 31 Jul 2009 14:55:03 +0000

The master of spin from the Bush years, Karl Rove, is at it again, even as he testified before the House Judiciary Committee for the second time Thursday about his role in manipulating America's judicial system from his office in the West Wing of the White House. While the transcript of Rove's testimony might be released in August and the committee may hold a public hearing on White House involvement in the political firing of U.S. attorneys and other executive branch intrusions into the judicial branch, including the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, Rove had already granted interviews with the New York Times and Washington Post to spin the story his way in what may constitute an act of obstruction of justice. Read the full story in The Locust Fork News-Journal...

Restore Justice Coalition Calls for Siegelman Charges to be Dropped

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 05:55:11 +0000

The Restore Justice At Justice Coalition calls on Attorney General Eric Holder to dismiss all charges against former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. The Restore Justice At Justice campaign, representing hundreds of organizations with more than one million members, issued a press release today calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to immediately dismiss criminal charges against former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman "in light of the latest astounding evidence filed in his case attesting to gross violations of the rule of law by federal prosecutors." Full Story in: The Locust Fork News-Journal...

Southern Senator Risks Republican Party's Future in Supreme Court Hearings

Sun, 12 Jul 2009 01:31:00 +0000

Republican Jeff Sessions of Alabama, little known to the country, will lead the charge against Obama's Hispanic nominee, Sonia Sotomayor of New York
by Glynn Wilson
When the Senate Judiciary Committee convenes Monday, July 13 to begin advise and consent hearings on President Barack Obama's first nominee to the United States Supreme Court, potentially the first Hispanic on the court, the American people will learn all there is to know about Sonia Sotomayor, an appeals court judge from New York who will most likely be confirmed to replace Justice David Souter. But they may not know a thing about the senator, Jefferson "Jeff" Beauregard Sessions III of Alabama, who is expected to enter the national limelight for the first time as the lead inquisitor in her confirmation, who faces grave political risks for his party if things are mishandled and go wrong. Read the full investigative news feature here...

Karl Rove to be Questioned on The Record

Fri, 03 Jul 2009 06:25:00 +0000

Video: Glynn Wilson questions House Judiciary investigtor on Karl Rove

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Elliot Mintzberg, chief counsel for oversight investigations of the House Judiciary Committee, answered direct questions from Glynn Wilson, Editor and Publisher of The Locust Fork News-Journal, last Friday at a press conference on corruption in the U.S. justice system. He refused to give a date for former Bush political aide Karl Rove’s interview, but he insisted it would be under oath, subject to perjury and transcribed for public release, and could possibly lead to public hearings — as we reported the other day in the news feature Political Justice Under the Spotlight in Washington.

Analysis: Siegelman Files Motion Asking for New Trial

Tue, 30 Jun 2009 23:29:11 +0000

by Glynn Wilson
For the most complete analysis in the country of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman's latest motion in federal court asking for a new trial based on the emergence of new evidence uncovered since his conviction along with his co-defendant Richard Scrushy, see the Locust Fork News-Journal. According to the court document, available at the link, and after a full reading of the motion, these are the main points. Siegelman’s lawyers are accusing the federal prosecutors of blatant misconduct, including the manipulation of testimony from key witness Nick Bailey, improper contact with jurors and failure to disclose key documents to the defense, thus denying Siegelman and Scrushy a fair trial under the Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
The motion demands an immediate evidentiary hearing to explore improper communications between the prosecutors and the jury and between prosecutors and the judge not disclosed to the defense team.

Political Justice Under the Spotlight in Washington

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 03:06:28 +0000

WASHINGTON, D.C. — One of the most significant problems corrupting American society and politics over the past eight years is finally getting the public spotlight it deserves in the nation’s capital. You can’t run a successful democracy without an honest system of justice that is removed as far as possible from politics, according to a panel of experts who spoke at one of the most venerated institutions in the United States, the National Press Club. Elliot Mincberg, chief counsel for oversight investigations of the House Judiciary Committee, who came in Conyers’ place, insisted that all the investigations are continuing full bore into the politicization of the justice system by the Bush White House and Department of Justice — in spite of a certain camp in Washington who would rather “look forward, not back.” More...

Along with a couple of nice photos of Clemon on the news page and the blog, here's a key news graph:
Clemon said he recently talked to President Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder after writing a letter to him asking for an investigation into former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman’s prosecution, and he said Holder assured him there would be a “full investigation” by the Obama Justice Department.

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