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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:37 AM
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Explosive OpEd News Interview: Siegelman Whistleblower Slams Case
Explosive OpEd News Interview: Siegelman Whistleblower Slams Case
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I wrote him: I remain a dedicated and loyal employee. During the first two years of my employment with the Department, I received numerous performance-based awards and exemplary performance ratings and reviews. All of that would change in April 2005 when I was assigned to work on the prosecution of the former Governor of the State of Alabama, Don Siegelman, a case commonly referred to as "The Big Case" within the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Alabama. Everything I had been taught to regard as absolute in terms of ethical and professional conduct in my previous 20-year career in litigation support would be challenged by the conduct which I observed during that assignment.

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The victory-at-all-costs mentality of the prosecution of The Big Case pervaded the office. Every question was answered with, "This is the most important case in the office." Every milestone in The Big Case was rewarded with a personal acknowledgement from U.S. Attorney Leura Canary. When the superseding indictment was unsealed, Mrs. Canary hosted a party at the Marina to celebrate. This pattern of special recognition by Mrs. Canary was repeated throughout the case. Eventually, there was new office furniture, premium office space in the new building, plum appointments and assignments, conferences and seminars, new titles, generous time-off and no supervision, all-related to the work on The Big Case. FBI Agents also received perks and rewards for their work on the case.

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We were told dozens of times that The Big Case was the most important case in the office, and that U.S. Attorney Leura Canary would grant the prosecution virtually unlimited latitude to obtain convictions. This message created a victory-at-all-costs mentality within the prosecution. This mindset was regularly reinforced by victory celebrations hosted by Leura Canary at every milestone in the prosecution. As you know, Leura Canary was alleged to have recused herself during this time. The Big Case prosecution team did not work within the U.S. Attorney's Office. Instead, it was in an isolated off-site location accessible only to the prosecution team. There was a complete lack of normal managerial and peer oversight at the offsite. In my personal experience, these circumstances created a perfect storm. It was an environment not at all conducive to self-control, personal or professional responsibility or accountability. In that isolated off-site location, away from any managerial oversight, the situation quickly deteriorated into a false sense of invulnerability and omnipotence among the prosecution.

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I expressed my concerns directly to upper management about certain practices which I observed with alarming frequency in the preparation of the prosecution for The Big Case. In response, I was told that as a paralegal, I had no standing to question the decisions of a prosecutor. Further, I was told that if Leura Canary found out I had done so, I would certainly be subject to disciplinary action. This was even though I previously had an exemplary record, and had received a promotion to GS12 just three months prior.

more:
http://www.opednews.com/articles/Explosive-OpEd-News-In...
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:58 AM
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1. Is this as huge of a break as I think it is?
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democrat_patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:04 AM
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2. I'm not familiar with the rationale

What was so important about Alabama that they needed to get rid of D. Siegelman?

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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:12 AM
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4. Perhaps the message 'we can take ANYBODY down' was the important item?
Just a guess, as it sure seems a lot of pols (both parties) fetch, beg, roll over, play dead for the status quo promoters at the top of the economic heap.

Fear. Most seem to operate in response to fear of personal attack. Creating fear is how bullies keep their power over others.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:27 AM
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7. Rove's Permanent Republican Majority
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 07:30 AM by Hissyspit
Siegelman was successfully helping Dems get elected in the South. Scrushy was a huge Dem contributor. It was not just Alabama, they tried this stuff lots of places, but they were most successful there.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/02/21/60minutes/mai...

I personally believe that what happened here is that they targeted Don Siegelman because they could not beat him fair and square. This was a Republican state and he was the one Democrat they could never get rid of, Woods says.

Larisa Alexandrovna's Investigations:

http://www.atlargely.com/atlargely/2009/09/second-siege...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:07 AM
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3. .
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MinM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:22 AM
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5. DOJ: needs to clear Siegelman, and fire Mary Beth Buchanan...
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alstephenson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 05:09 PM
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6. K & R for Governor Siegelman.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:26 PM
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8. Part II:
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