Siegelman, once considered one of the Democratic Party's brightest stars in the South, contended that presidential political strategist Karl Rove, who has a long history of involvement in Alabama politics, was behind the series of charges filed against him over the last seven years.Takes a special breed to survive so many allegations being made against a person...first Patrick Fitzgerald, now various congressional committees...it's a wonder Rove can sleep at all at night.
While there is no proof that Rove played a role in Siegelman's case, the lengthy prosecution contained so many oddities that even a Republican prosecutor, former Arizona Atty. Gen. Grant Woods, said recently that "it does not pass the smell test." Woods, a friend of Siegelman's, has called for a congressional inquiry.
A House Judiciary Committee staff member told The Times this week that the committee is looking at the Siegelman prosecution as part of a broader examination into whether the Bush Justice Department tilted public corruption cases against Democrats.
The committee has already received a copy of a sworn statement from a Republican lawyer in Rainsville, Ala., Dana Jill Simpson, who says that in 2002 she was on a campaign conference call with aides working to elect Siegelman's opponent, current Alabama Gov. Bob Riley. Simpson said in her statement that on the call, she heard Riley strategist Bill Canary tell other campaign workers not to worry about Siegelman in the future because his "gals" and "Karl" would make sure the Justice Department pursued a case against him.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Doesn't pass the smell test
"Ex-governor of Alabama gets 7 years in corruption case." From the report: