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In September 2007, I posted “The Remarkable ‘Recusal’ of Leura Canary” reviewing one of the many strange aspects of the Siegelman case. The prosecutor who brought this case is the wife of the most important Republican political consultant in Alabama, Karl Rove’s long-time protege William Canary. As Leura Canary revved up the Siegelman case, William Canary was advising the campaign of Siegelman’s Republican rival. Maybe this is why Alabamans referred to them as the state’s ultimate “power couple.”
Called out on this conflict, Leura Canary recused herself from the case. Or did she? In September 2007, I reviewed the evidence suggesting that the recusal was a sham. And today in a piece by Adam Zagorin TIME magazine raises troubling accusations from one of Canary’s own staffers, who documents in a series of emails that after her “recusal,” Canary continued to manage the prosecution of her husband’s rival. The erstwhile member of the Siegelman prosecution team also documents improper communications by the prosecutors with jurors. All of this is information the Justice Department has known for at least a year and has kept tightly under wraps, suggesting certain questions of obstruction of justice. I offer a look deep inside the Justice Department here.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Minutes after a tornado hit Shiloh, Illinois, in April that the town’s warning siren sounded:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, announced that he has ordered the country’s navy and coast guard to bomb the ships of kidnappers even if civilian hostages are on board.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."