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In the unendingly bizarre world of politics and criminal justice in Alabama, a civil war seems to have erupted within the ranks of the all-powerful Alabama G.O.P. With the head of the state’s G.O.P., Governor Bob Riley, hovering in the background, the two Bush appointee U.S. attorneys, Alice Martin and Leura Canary, are now taking on the state’s Republican Attorney General, Troy King—who recently dared to stand up to Riley on a gambling-enforcement dispute. Now a prominent local journalist, Bob Martin, calls for Eric Holder’s Justice Department to intervene to straighten out the morass created by the Bush-era U.S. attorneys in Montgomery. When they’re finished looking at the mobilization of two U.S. attorneys to deal with an intra-Republican feud, we have some other matters that require their urgent attention: the Siegelman prosecution itself, for instance.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Estimated total calories members of Congress burned giving Bush’s 2002 State of the Union standing ovations:
A fertility scientist named Panayiotis Zavos announced that he had created human-cow embryos that were theoretically viable, but denied that he planned to allow such a hybrid to be implanted in a woman’s womb. “We are not trying to create monsters,” he said.
A statistician determined that the five most common first names among New York City taxi drivers are Md, Mohammad, Mohammed, Muhammad, and Mohamed.
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