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Wed Jan 20, 2016, 10:26 PM

Don Siegelman's son Joseph sues DOJ re: his prosecution

Posted on Legal Schnauzer blog:
"Will Joseph Siegelman's lawsuit against Justice Department produce evidence that officials admitted to wrongdoing in prosecution of his father?"


link:
http://www.legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2016/01/will-joseph-siegelmans-lawsuit-against.html

From the article:

"Joseph Siegelman, an attorney with The Cochran Firm in Birmingham, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking documents about the prosecution of his father, former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. The new lawsuit suggests certain DOJ officials have admitted to misconduct during the course of the Siegelman investigation and trial.

Siegelman associates have been seeking documents about the case, especially regarding the supposed recusal of then U.S. Attorney Leura Canary, for roughly 10 years. Alabaster attorney John Aaron filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in 2006 and followed up with a lawsuit in 2009. Aaron learned that more than 1,000 documents exist related to the Canary recusal, but the government has refused to turn them over.

Joseph Siegelman filed a FOIA request last year with the DOJ's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), but the request was denied. Joseph Siegelman now has filed a lawsuit, which appears to go well beyond the Canary-recusal issue. (Please see full lawsuit at the end of this post.) From a report at WAFF in Huntsville:

The son of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman is suing the Office of Professional Responsibility, a branch of the United States Department of Justice. Siegelman is serving a federal sentence for bribery and conspiracy at Oakdale Prison in Louisiana.
Siegelman’s son, Joseph Siegelman, is suing for records obtained during the Office of Professional Responsibility’s, or OPR’s, investigation into Siegelman’s prosecution and conviction. The OPR investigates Department of Justice attorneys accused of professional misconduct.
The filing states that the OPR opened an investigation after multiple national media outlets reported on the Siegelman case and raised questions about the prosecution. These outlets reported prosecutors placed undue pressure on witnesses, communicated with the jury, communicated privately with the judge, and withheld evidence from the defense."

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Reply Don Siegelman's son Joseph sues DOJ re: his prosecution (Original post)
sketchy Jan 2016 OP
CommonSenseDemocrat Jan 2016 #1
sketchy Jan 2016 #2
L. Coyote Jan 2016 #4
sketchy Jan 2016 #5
Jim Lane Jan 2016 #6
Downwinder Jan 2016 #7
Doctor_J Jan 2016 #3
Octafish Jan 2016 #8
Justice Jan 2016 #9
Pastiche423 Jan 2016 #10

Response to sketchy (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 10:31 PM

1. The fact that the Obama DOJ has defended the Governor's conviction ...

 

Makes me doubt his innocence. Why is this line of thinking wrong?

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Response to CommonSenseDemocrat (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 10:33 PM

2. It's a long, long saga. Legal Schnauzer is the best source

to read all about it that I've found yet.

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Response to sketchy (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 11:53 PM

4. Scott Horton is the best source I know of.

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Response to L. Coyote (Reply #4)

Thu Jan 21, 2016, 12:05 AM

5. Yes, of course!

Thank you for the reminder of that valuable source.

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Response to CommonSenseDemocrat (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 21, 2016, 12:08 AM

6. I don't know why the Obama DOJ is continuing Bush's stonewalling of the FOIA request.

 

Feel free to doubt Siegelman's innocence all you want -- but if he really was guilty, why can't the administration show some openness and transparency and let people see the full story?

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Response to Jim Lane (Reply #6)

Thu Jan 21, 2016, 12:36 AM

7. Government protects government.

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Response to sketchy (Original post)

Wed Jan 20, 2016, 11:46 PM

3. Maybe a few lawsuits will get this pathetic DoJ to do something

 

What a disaster.

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Response to sketchy (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2016, 12:38 AM

8. Department of Just Us.

Hand picked by Karl Rove.

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Response to sketchy (Original post)

Thu Jan 21, 2016, 03:09 AM

9. Is there a way to contribute money for legal expenses?

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Response to Justice (Reply #9)

Thu Jan 21, 2016, 03:25 AM

10. You can send him funds for his defense

from his website:

http://www.donsiegelman.net/

Or you can donate funds for the documentary that is being made about his case here:

https://www.gofundme.com/DonSiegelmanFilm

Obama could have pardoned him.

He din't.

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