Countdown to Siegelman Court Date–
Ya’ll need to read because he [Don Siegelman] refers to a “survey” which allegedly shows that 67% of Alabamians believe the investigation of him [Don Siegelman] to be politically motivated. (Perhaps grounds not to let him discuss court activities in the media?)” —email dated September 19, 2005 from U.S. Attorney Leura Canary to Alabama’s Middle District Prosecution Team. Canary claimed she recused herself from the Siegelman case in 2002.
Leura Canary has been named one of the top 10 worst prosecutors in America by the Bennett Law Firm. Her libido for politicization of the law and willingness to prosecute based on party affiliation rather than the crime won her this distinction. The above email excerpt shows her zealous interest and spiteful leadership in the prosecution of the former Alabama governor well after she was alleged to have recuse herself from the case.
In two days, a panel of judges from the 11th District Court of Appeals will consider Canary’s extracurricular role in Siegelman’s prosecution. A document filed by the so-called “Acting” U.S. Attorney for the Middle District Louis Franklin alleges Canary’s suggestions in the email are irrelevant because the prosecution never followed through and because the email doesn’t “prove” the Siegelman case was politically motivated (page 4 of link).
Beyond being a big, fat lie, Franklin’s claim is laughable. The conditions by which Siegelman was taken into custody and subsequently incarcerated show the prosecution got its wish:
The judge…denied granting the former governor the customary 45 days the convicted are given to put their affairs in order. Siegelman was shackled in leg irons and handcuffs and taken out of the courtroom and off to a federal penitentiary…The tour started in Atlanta; then he was moved in the middle of the night to Texarkana, passing through Michigan, New York, and Oklahoma…before being settled in Oakdale, Louisiana.” —OpEdNews
Siegelman was initially kept in solitary confinement, and media access was denied in absolute as reported months later by CBS 60 Minutes.
Leura Canary’s email, her cozy relationship with Karl Rove (the shadow director on DoJ prosecutions), and the testimony of former Republican operative Dana Jill Simpson to Congress regarding Rove’s role in the prosecution of Siegelman all fly in the face of Franklin’s claims that the prosecution was not politically motivated.