… although it’s not just Alabama.
Where have Holder and Obama been throughout the Rove/GOP
reign of terror in the Cotton State?
October 26, 2013
Andrew Kreig: Alabama Journalist
Roger Shuler Beaten and Arrested
By Joan Brunwasser
Roger’s arrest stems from his reporting and commentary about political, government, legal, sexual, and financial intrigues normally kept out of the media that the public sees. He has made the courageous and public-spirited decision that the public deserves to know in keeping with our constitutional and other mantras about the right of free expression, and the need for it in a democracy.
My guest today is Justice Integrity Project’s Andrew Kreig. Welcome back to OpEdNews, Andrew.
JB: I just saw a headline that Alabama-based investigative journalist Legal Schnauzer, Roger Shuler was arrested. What can you tell us about this upsetting turn of events?
AK: Joan, thanks so much for having me back. This is a breaking news story that is both dramatic and important to every reader concerned about justice and the First Amendment.
Roger Shuler, the prominent progressive blogger whose columns frequently appear in OEN, was arrested and beaten by Shelby County sheriff’s deputies at his Alabama garage upon returning home about 6 p.m. Oct. 23 from the local library. Roger faces a resisting arrest charge stemming from his refusal to obey a judge’s order to stop writing about an affair he alleges involved Robert Riley Jr., a well-connected attorney who is part of Alabama’s most prominent political family.
Later, authorities were holding Shuler indefinitely on two contempt of court charges issued by a judge in what seems like a “kangaroo court.” There’s no bond available. Also, Roger must post a $1,000 bond on his charge of resisting arrest for a struggle that occurred in his garage, which is attached to his home in Birmingham.
But there are much larger free press issues at stake than simply his freedom, or that of his wife, Carol.