by Jerry Alatalo
The story surrounding the bribery trial, conviction, sentencing and imprisonment of former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman of Alabama is one which hasn’t received much attention from this writer, but after only minimal research the question “why hasn’t Obama pardoned him?” quickly came to mind. It’s a question right up there with why hasn’t Obama released the “28 Pages”?
This post has a 3-minute segment of a “60 Minutes” episode aired in early 2008 of Republican Attorney General Grant Woods of Arizona, a 10-minute video trailer of a documentary about Don Siegelman’s case “Killing Atticus Finch”, and a link for more information to the website free-don.org.
After television media had all called the governor’s race of 2007-8 for Siegelman on election night, it was past midnight when the numbers in one Alabama county mysteriously transformed from 6,000 Siegelman votes to votes for his GOP opponent, and Siegelman went from governor-elect and a second term to runner-up. It was after Siegelman’s call for a recount, and the GOP Attorney General of Alabama’s threat to prosecute anyone attempting to carry out a recount, that it became learned in the county where the 6,000 votes jumped to the GOP candidate no other votes for contested down-ticket offices jumped – only votes for governor.
Over 100 former Republican and Democrat attorneys general have called for Don Siegelman’s pardon and release from federal prison. Why Obama has yet to issue a pardon after Mr. Siegelman has spent so many years in prison is a mystery, especially with all the obvious “red flag” circumstances which placed him there.
In a recent interview with Thom Hartmann, Don Siegelman mentioned Obama’s Solicitor General told the U.S. Supreme Court that Americans “…don’t have the constitutional right to not become framed for crimes”. Many believe head legal counsel for George W. Bush – Karl Rove – was the person behind the successful effort to convict Siegelman for what one former federal judge perceived as a campaign contribution which didn’t benefit or enrich Siegelman by one dime.
Without digging into or researching any further into Don Siegelman’s story, at the very least Mr. Hartmann has accurately described it as “amazing”. The story also provides reinforcement of the idea that “truth is stranger than fiction”.
(Thank you to DonSiegelman at YouTube)
(Thank you to Atticus Finch at YouTube)
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