Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The President: Siegelman and Scrushy?

The Daily 49er has an interesting article regarding two individuals on our Pardon Watch List. Don Siegelman, the former Democratic governor of Alabama, was found guilty in 2006 on seven counts of bribery, conspiracy and mail fraud. Richard M. Scrushy, a former CEO of the Birmingham, Ala.-based HealthSouth Corporation, paid off $500,000 in debts that Siegelman had accrued from his 1999 initiative to implement a state lottery and, in exchange, received a seat on a state hospital licensing board. Siegelman has almost seven years left to serve of his 88-month sentence. Scrushy is serving 82 months.

But Siegelman's daughter, a 23-year-old Cal State Long Beach communications graduate, is making an extraordinary effort on her father's behalf. Last week, she passed out more than 2,000 copies of a flier while standing on street corners. It asked people to watch the Feb. 26 episode of 60 Minutes, which detailed her father's trial, sentencing, and the controversy surrounding it. Some believe the convictions were part of a greater conspiracy against the Democratic Party lead by Karl Rove. Thus, the article notes Ms. Siegelman is "utilizing media resources" to "create awareness" about her father's case and conviction and doing "anything to educate people." A former president of a grassroots activist group says the case is a good example of the "pure politicalization" within the Justice Department and that political pressure was necessary to force an appeal or a presidential pardon. See the article here


Anonymous said...

The three largest newspapers and the Internet site in Alabama are all operated by Newhouse Publications which is owned by media giant Advance Publications, Inc. These newspapers literally print nothing but lies about all top Democrats in the state. They will not allow their investigative reporters any access to these cases. They did not investigate and didn't printed the truth about Don Siegelman. Most of the smaller locally owned newspapers have managed to spread the truth. They have done a remarkable job since this is a red state standing up to Bush's GOP operatives.

These three newspaper instruct their writers to start every article that they write about Siegelman with this statement, "Our newspapers endorsed Bob Riley and we believe Siegelman to be a crook" then they twist every sentence after that to sound negative.

Most Alabamians now know the truth about Don Siegelman and the conspiracy that removed this most popular Democrat in the history of Alabama from office using Bush's appointees financed by illegal laundried money.

Only 59% of the children in Alabama graduate from high school. Siegelman ran an education campaign that would have provided financial assistance to the education system and college schorlarships; however, GOP operatives ran prime time media smear ads which were endorced by Christian sham organizations, Congressman Bob Riley and Ralph Reed. This smear campaign along with the two that was used to defeat him in his reelection for governor were funded by lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon who made the Choctaw Indians believe that Don Siegelman was a threat to Mississippi gambling and that if he was re-elected that he was going to pass laws that would free the Alabama Poarch Indians.

Emotional Masturbation said...

I had the pleasure of meeting Richard M Scrushy once. He seemed ok. But I gotta say this; he paid the debt and took the prize for it. They knew what they were doing. If I were honored enough to be in a political position, I wouldn't have. period.

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