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Dana Siegelman to Attempt to Speak to POTUS Saturday at 50th Observation of Bloody Sunday
Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman's daughter Dana, despite recent injuries in a hit-and-run accident, has traveled to Selma to convince President Obama of the unjustness of her father's prosecution and conviction and to seek a Presidential Pardon
The new evidence found by the Project For Government Oversight seems to have been hidden by the Department of Justice. It is exculpatory and should have been turned over to her father’s lawyers. Don Siegelman was Alabama's last Democratic Governor in more than twenty-five years.
According to a December 2014 report by Project On Government Oversight, (POGO) an unnamed federal prosecutor emailed Rob Riley in December 2002. Rob was the son of then Governor-elect Bob Riley, who had defeated Governor Siegelman in November. Despite damaging rumors of investigation by the US Attorney’s office, Siegelman seemed to have been re-elected until an Election Night “glitch” of electronic results changed the governor’s race outcome though no other races were affected. The paper ballots were sealed and never recounted.
The email to Rob Riley, from an unnamed US attorney, shared “frustration”
But It adds weight to other opinions that the case had no legal justification. 113 former Attorneys General and Constitutional experts filed an Amicus Brief with the Supreme Court to hear Siegelman’s appeal, opining he’d committed no crime under law. Later, Siegelman’s request for a new trial, was based partially discovery based evidence that Leura Canary, the US Attorney involved in Siegelman’s prosecution, was the wife of Bill Canary, who had worked with Rob Riley on Bob Riley’s 2002 campaign while Leura was investigating Siegelman. Siegelman’s indictment came in 2006, a month prior to the Democratic gubernatorial primary, which Siegelman had planned for his political comeback. Under indictment, he came in second.
Adam Zagorin of POGO writes: "New evidence related to one of the most controversial public corruption cases in recent years, the 2006 conviction of Alabama's former Democratic Governor...indicates that Department of Justice prosecutors...were thinking and acting in partisan terms when they probed the governor's administration."
Dana Siegelman carries these facts, and public outcry about the case, to Selma. She hopes to ask the President for a full Presidential Pardon due to the basic unfairness and political motivation of his trial.
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