On May 2, 2008 the Associated Press reported that former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman received a hero’s welcome from Alabama Democrats at the party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Montgomery. Siegelman had been released from federal prison two months before after having served nine months of a 7-year conviction.
During her speech at the meeting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recognized Siegelman and promised to reform the U.S. Justice Department. Siegelman said “It touched my heart. Looking out into the faces of my friends, I could see warmth, joy and relief in their eyes.”
Pelosi has come and gone. Now, over three years later, there’s still no reformation in sight.
The subsequent appeal to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta that Don spent months and months and over $30,000 dollars preparing, lasted less than 15 minutes.
As for Pelosi and the Democratic Party at the national, state and local levels, what are they doing?
Don needs national attention. He had it with 60 Minutes, Time Magazine, and others, but that was years ago. It’s old news now. We can’t rely on state and local newspapers to provide a sounding board for excellent investigative writers like Scott Horton, Roger Schuler and Glyn Wilson. They never have. Why would they start now?
How can we focus more attention on this case? How do we tell the world about the continuing plight of Don Siegelman? Those responsible for his prosecution, and the other “legal” atrocities inflicted on him, have not been held accountable. They’re thriving and prospering, while Siegelman is suffering.
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Governor Don Siegelman
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