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Seventy-five former state attorneys general, Democrats and Republicans, have written to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding that he personally review the file relating to former Alabama Governor Don E. Siegelman. According to a report in today’s New York Times (as usual, the matter is not reported in the major Alabama newspapers, which championed Siegelman’s prosecution), the attorneys general cite
“gravely troublesome facts” about his prosecution that raise questions about the fairness and due process of the trial. “We believe that if prosecutorial misconduct is found, as in the case of Senator Ted Stevens, then dismissal should follow in this case as well,” the group said in the letter, which was organized by Robert Abrams, a former attorney general of New York.
The links to the Stevens case are numerous. The grave prosecutorial misconduct that led to the decision to overturn the Stevens conviction is virtually identical to the accusations in the Siegelman case. The charges are also sustained in the Siegelman case, as in the Stevens case, by a whistleblower inside the prosecution team. Moreover, the cases involve many of the same prosecutors, now themselves under internal Justice Department investigation for ethics lapses.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”