While Obama preaches “human rights” to Russia, Don Siegelman sits shackled in an Alabama courtroom, spends Christmas in solitary confinement

By Andrew Kreig

Federal authorities continued this month their remarkably harsh, unjust treatment of the nation’s most famous political prisoner.

The U.S. legal jihad against former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman continued even as the Obama administration separately cited “human rights” as the rationale for new U.S. sanctions and other interventions overseas.

Authorities shackled Siegelman during his Dec. 15 court appearance in the state capital of Montgomery, denied his request for release on bond during appeal, and reportedly kept him in solitary confinement over the holidays in a county jail while he awaited an appellate hearing next month on charges stemming from his 1999 conduct as governor.

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