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Something is happening in DC.(updated)
Author: Raine    Date: 06/05/2008 12:22:08

Yesterday a small story broke, one that caught my eye. It could be a sign of things to come. Federal prosecutors ended the Apeal to Former Governor Don Sieglman's case.
Federal prosecutors are no longer seeking stiffer prison sentences for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, but have not said why.

Prosecutors filed a motion this week with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking that their appeals of the sentences be dropped. Their appeals had called for a longer prison term than Siegelman's more than seven-year sentence and Scrushy's almost seven-year sentence .

The latest filing does not spell out why prosecutors want to drop their appeals. It just says "the government has elected not to proceed with its cross-appeal as to either defendant."

Prosecutors originally asked that Siegelman be sentenced to 30 years in federal prison and Scrushy to 25 years.
Interesting developments indeed. Karl Rove, as you know was subpeoned by the Judiciary committee to speak about this case.

Yesterday,
Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, inverviewed David Inglesias. From that interview:
AMY GOODMAN: You were a loyal member of the Republican Party and the Bush administration. What ultimately pushed you to break ranks? Was it your firing?

DAVID IGLESIAS: Well, it was a combination of things. They slandered our reputation when the deputy attorney general testified that we had performance-related problems. We knew he knew better. We knew he had seen our evaluations. And also I knew that John McKay and Carol Lam and Charlton and Bogden and Chiara represented some of the best US attorneys out there. These were very forward-thinking, smart, principled people. So I think I wrote in the New York Times last year something to the effect that I knew I could be fired for doing the wrong thing, I didn’t know I could be fired for doing the right thing. And the right thing was upholding the rule of law. I mean, this is not about us losing our jobs. This is a matter of us enforcing the rule of law and separation of powers and doing what prosecutors have traditionally done in prior administrations, which was be independent and autonomous of elected officials.

AMY GOODMAN: Do you think the prosecution, the jailing of Alabama Governor Don Siegelman is related to what happened to you, David Iglesias?

DAVID IGLESIAS: I think there is a very strong circumstantial case there. I’ve not followed that issue as carefully as our own firings. But based on what I’ve read—and also, it’s really important to point out, federal courts of appeal almost never release somebody who has already been convicted and is serving time. I called my office after the Siegelman story broke. I asked one of my lawyers that does nothing but appeals. I said, “Has this happened in this district, that the circuit has released somebody we’ve convicted?” He goes, “It’s never happened.” So the listener really needs to understand how rare it was for the Fifth Circuit there to release Governor Siegelman. I think it has lots of indicia of political interference, which would explain why Rove doesn’t want to talk about it, because he has criminal liability, and he knows that.
So the dropping of this appeal is historic. Something is happening in the justice department these days. They know that once we elect Barack Obama as president, the crimes committed by this administration will be investigated. I suspect they are trying to stop the ground swell now and look clean, but it is too late. Senator Lehey STILL wants to hear from Karl Rove, (Wexler wants to hear from Scottie, I hope Mr. McClellan can go to DC without the need to be subpeoned.)

Both of these men are speaking to everyone else, instead of who they need to speak to, those who have the ability to hold them accountable, to those that can start to clean up this corrupted Justice Department.

The tide is turning. People know change is going to come. Unless of course, this is the kind of change you want:


Yeah. You heard that right. :thud:

The next few months will be crazy, no doubt, but little wins like this for Mr. Siegleman are the kind of refreshing things we can expect to see if we keep walking forward. One step at time.

:peace: and
Raine

************** UPDATE **************


From Raw Story: DoJ investigating to US Attorneys for Political Prosecution
[...]
The US Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is investigating the conduct of at least two specific US Attorneys in the “selective prosecution” of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, sitting Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver E. Diaz Jr., and Mississippi attorney Paul Minor, according to attorneys close to the investigation.

In a May 5 letter sent to House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers (D-MI), OPR Director H. Marshall Jarrett wrote that OPR “currently has pending investigations involving, among others, allegations of selective prosecution relating to the prosecutions of Don Siegelman, Georgia Thompson, Oliver Diaz and Paul Minor.”

RAW STORY has confirmed that Leura Canary, the US Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, and Dunnica Lampton, the US Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi , are under investigation. Their offices are also being probed.
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:peace:

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Comment by Random on 06/05/2008 12:33:19
Right, so, interesting thing at politico, mostly talking about how obama has treated Clinton in the past few days, but what was most interesting, was at the very end.

Obama and clinton



But even when news reports circulated early Wednesday evening that Clinton would drop out of the race Friday, the initial reaction was muted.



"No comment," said an Obama aide.



The Clinton campaign had not yet made contact with the Obama campaign, another aide said outside an evening fundraiser in Manhattan.




Now, if this is true...



Comment by Random on 06/05/2008 12:43:39
Oh, as far as the McCain clip. Being a young niave fool, i looked that up and...

Apparently you shouldn't give hot water to babies because it could dehydrate them.

Yes...Grampy wants to dehydrate dehydrated babies.

Comment by m-hadley on 06/05/2008 12:47:04
Mornin' Raine, :coffee:

Interesting developments - I do believe that Don Siegelman was railroaded on trumped up charges, but I am sorry to see former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy get off - he is a real slime bucket and deserves every day that he gets behind bars - imho. Have a great day . I'm nervous as all get out 'cause the panel that I am moderating meets this afternoon and I am a notoriously awful public speaker

Cheers,

mfaye



Comment by clintster on 06/05/2008 12:51:05
G'mornin'. Starting teh day with a little Dave Matthews. Anybody watch the Red Wings and Pens last night?

Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 12:54:26
Quote by Random:

Right, so, interesting thing at politico, mostly talking about how obama has treated Clinton in the past few days, but what was most interesting, was at the very end.

Obama and clinton



But even when news reports circulated early Wednesday evening that Clinton would drop out of the race Friday, the initial reaction was muted.



"No comment," said an Obama aide.



The Clinton campaign had not yet made contact with the Obama campaign, another aide said outside an evening fundraiser in Manhattan.




Now, if this is true...

I think Barack Obama has treated this entire thing gracefully.



Not sure what you are getting from this. Please elaborate? (coffee still kicking in) I think they don't want to push her. Anyways... Good Morning!



Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 12:55:44
Quote by clintster:

G'mornin'. Starting teh day with a little Dave Matthews. Anybody watch the Red Wings and Pens last night?
Yes! Congrats to the Motor City!

Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 12:57:08
Quote by m-hadley:

Mornin' Raine, :coffee:

Interesting developments - I do believe that Don Siegelman was railroaded on trumped up charges, but I am sorry to see former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy get off - he is a real slime bucket and deserves every day that he gets behind bars - imho. Have a great day . I'm nervous as all get out 'cause the panel that I am moderating meets this afternoon and I am a notoriously awful public speaker

Cheers,

mfaye

Faye, you will do fine I am sure. do a little moderation meditation! :P



Comment by clintster on 06/05/2008 13:00:38
Quote by Raine:

Quote by clintster:

G'mornin'. Starting teh day with a little Dave Matthews. Anybody watch the Red Wings and Pens last night?
Yes! Congrats to the Motor City!




The best part of it to me was seeing the Pittsburgh fans standing and applauding as the Red Wings as the Wings players passed the Stanley Cup around. Great sportsmanship, and an excellent example of grace in the face of defeat.



*looks at the SMSLB, and Adele and Donnie*



If only more people were like that.

Comment by Random on 06/05/2008 13:09:46
Quote by Raine:

Quote by Random:

Right, so, interesting thing at politico, mostly talking about how obama has treated Clinton in the past few days, but what was most interesting, was at the very end.

Obama and clinton



But even when news reports circulated early Wednesday evening that Clinton would drop out of the race Friday, the initial reaction was muted.



"No comment," said an Obama aide.



The Clinton campaign had not yet made contact with the Obama campaign, another aide said outside an evening fundraiser in Manhattan.




Now, if this is true...

I think Barack Obama has treated this entire thing gracefully.



Not sure what you are getting from this. Please elaborate? (coffee still kicking in) I think they don't want to push her. Anyways... Good Morning!



Sorry, apparently, The Clinton Campaign didn't tell the Obama Camp that they were going to drop out, instead told the media, and that's how the Obama Camp found out.

Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 13:11:28
I thought the same thing, Clintster... That is what I love about Sports... Sports fans are usually amazing.

Comment by BobR on 06/05/2008 13:11:35
Hey! - Steph just said "our long national nightmare is over"... just like the first line of yesterday's blog post!

Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 13:12:07
Quote by Random:

Quote by Raine:

Quote by Random:

Right, so, interesting thing at politico, mostly talking about how obama has treated Clinton in the past few days, but what was most interesting, was at the very end.

Obama and clinton



But even when news reports circulated early Wednesday evening that Clinton would drop out of the race Friday, the initial reaction was muted.



"No comment," said an Obama aide.



The Clinton campaign had not yet made contact with the Obama campaign, another aide said outside an evening fundraiser in Manhattan.




Now, if this is true...

I think Barack Obama has treated this entire thing gracefully.



Not sure what you are getting from this. Please elaborate? (coffee still kicking in) I think they don't want to push her. Anyways... Good Morning!



Sorry, apparently, The Clinton Campaign didn't tell the Obama Camp that they were going to drop out, instead told the media, and that's how the Obama Camp found out.
AhaaAA!... That is a GREAT point Random.



Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 13:14:43
You do know this sound clip had it's world premier here!

Comment by Random on 06/05/2008 13:15:48
Quote by Raine:

AhaaAA!... That is a GREAT point Random.



Well, the article was about how Gracious Obama was, and stark contrast between how the two have treated each other. Obama was gracious, Clinton didn't even extend common political courtesy to call the winner to cecede.

Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 13:16:47
:cry: <---- happy tears.

Comment by Random on 06/05/2008 13:27:07
<-- for Adela and Harriet.

Comment by BobR on 06/05/2008 13:28:37
Quote by clintster:

G'mornin'. Starting teh day with a little Dave Matthews. Anybody watch the Red Wings and Pens last night?


It was an awesome game!

Comment by Scoopster on 06/05/2008 13:32:42
Morning all.. Oy the salt is thick and bold today!



Quote by clintster:

Quote by Raine:

Quote by clintster:

G'mornin'. Starting teh day with a little Dave Matthews. Anybody watch the Red Wings and Pens last night?
Yes! Congrats to the Motor City!




The best part of it to me was seeing the Pittsburgh fans standing and applauding as the Red Wings as the Wings players passed the Stanley Cup around. Great sportsmanship, and an excellent example of grace in the face of defeat.



*looks at the SMSLB, and Adele and Donnie*



If only more people were like that.


What a great game and series too.. The Pens made a run at the comeback in the third period, and that last shot at the buzzer was inches from a goal and an overtime game!



And now it's on to the NBA Finals! GOOOOO CELTICS!

Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 13:41:07
What will MCCain do when eh and BArack have a town hall meeting and 10,000 supporters show up for Obama, and like a few hundred for him?







Comment by Shane-O on 06/05/2008 13:43:59
Dennis Miller? :

Comment by TriSec on 06/05/2008 13:49:42
Morning folks...wallowing through.





Comment by Scoopster on 06/05/2008 13:51:07
Quote by Raine:

What will MCCain do when eh and BArack have a town hall meeting and 10,000 supporters show up for Obama, and like a few hundred for him?


Change his Depends.

Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 13:52:57
I was reading stuff from Fereeperville the night of the speech. Even before McCain was done they were crawling away from the guy.



The right cannot stand him.

Comment by wickedpam on 06/05/2008 13:56:50
Morning :hug:





I don't Jim said idiot.

Comment by wickedpam on 06/05/2008 13:57:24
He's a plant. Not a real Dem.

Comment by wickedpam on 06/05/2008 13:58:53
Let the guy go he's not really a Dem

Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 13:59:27
HERE are a few choice moments, from freeperville on McCain's speech...



God help us all.



I think I’m already asleep....



We are so screwed.



Why, oh WHY...does he always sound: A) Angry Like an automaton C)Like a Hypnotist



And his speeches are like little bedtime stories

It’s like he is speaking to a bunch of gradeschoolers



Boy, McCain has the creepiest smile ever.



He can't draw flies to shit











Comment by wickedpam on 06/05/2008 14:02:28
Quote by Raine:

I was reading stuff from Fereeperville the night of the speech. Even before McCain was done they were crawling away from the guy.



The right cannot stand him.






Had a talk with one of my neighbors this morning. She said she wasn't voting this year because Hills wasn't the nom.



I swear this spoiled brat behaivor is pissing me off! I didn't get Edwards but you don't hear me say -wah wah wah I'm not voting cause I didnt' get what I wanted wah wah wah."







Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 14:06:11
I think as the months go by, people will come around. When they see the crap that MCCain has to offer (Like HOT WATER TO DEHYDRATED BABIES)



They will vote.

Comment by TriSec on 06/05/2008 14:07:54
Keerist, my candidate had no real chance (Bill Richardson), but I came to the Obama camp primarily on the strength of his endorsement...



Even some members of my family, who were among the most rabid Hillary supporters on earth stated, "If she doesn't get it, I'm still voting for the Democratic nominee, whoever it is."



What is it about this election that people don't understand?









Comment by m-hadley on 06/05/2008 14:08:22
I guess producer Chris has banned me from the Live Blog - not sure why, but I tried to post and nada...

Cheers,

mfaye

Comment by livingonli on 06/05/2008 14:09:41
Good morning everyone.



Another slow start for me this morning. Probably because I have to go back to work today and we have a 3:30 crew call.

Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 14:09:50
I know when Edwards dropped out, I needed some time as well. I remember feeling upset becuase all the air time seemed to go to Clinton and Edwards. It bothered me.



But, I remember saying that I needed some alone time, and that I would come out and vote D in novemember.





Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 14:11:06
Quote by m-hadley:

I guess producer Chris has banned me from the Live Blog - not sure why, but I tried to post and nada...

Cheers,

mfaye
can you not log in?



I cannot see why he would ban YOU from the blog, that makes no sense.



Comment by starling310 on 06/05/2008 14:12:32
Like the video I posted, Hillary is like the Black Knight from Monty Python.





Comment by Scoopster on 06/05/2008 14:12:33
Do you want McCain to win the election?



That's the only question that needs to be posed to people who are spoiled on Hillary. They will come home because of the answer.

Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 14:14:31
BTW, Republicans held the South Dakots Primary this week, didja know?



HEre are the results:

McCain -- 42,657 -- 70%

Paul -- 10,054 -- 17%

Huckabee -- 4,322 -- 7%



===============================



:bad: for McCain... Ron Paul could cause some serious issues at the convention methinks.

Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 14:15:49
Woohoo! if people vote for Barr here in Georgia, I am telling you.... we could go BLUE!!!!

Comment by jd_in_ny on 06/05/2008 14:17:41
good morning!

I think that the whiny, selfish "Kyles" are a much smaller proportion of Clinton supporters than their media attention reflects. And I do believe some of them are plants and liars (like that caller - hello, calling Olbermann Olberwoman or whatever is not something Hillary would be supporting. That guy was not a democrat)



Reflect on the turnout for this primary season, and how close it really was -- pretty amazing, and you do have to give Clinton props.



Oh, and I saw a story on CBS Early Show that was a summary of Hillary's Path since the early 90s and it was so blatantly sexist I was shouting at the tv. And the conclusion the female WaPo contributor came to? Maybe Hillary just needs a "loving relationship". Gross.

Comment by BobR on 06/05/2008 14:21:13
The Rose Bowl is a round hole... maybe Momma has turned herself gay!

Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 14:21:27
Quote by jd_in_ny:

good morning!

I think that the whiny, selfish "Kyles" are a much smaller proportion of Clinton supporters than their media attention reflects. And I do believe some of them are plants and liars (like that caller - hello, calling Olbermann Olberwoman or whatever is not something Hillary would be supporting. That guy was not a democrat)



Reflect on the turnout for this primary season, and how close it really was -- pretty amazing, and you do have to give Clinton props.



Oh, and I saw a story on CBS Early Show that was a summary of Hillary's Path since the early 90s and it was so blatantly sexist I was shouting at the tv. And the conclusion the female WaPo contributor came to? Maybe Hillary just needs a "loving relationship". Gross.
What? jahaysus. That is the kind of thing that I despise.



This is where I get all :modbat:.



I am telling you they were all amazing candidates, truly an amazing primary season. The kyles and harriets of the world need to either get on board, or go support someone else. I don't want this kind of support.



If they hate McCain, I say go take a look at Bob Barr. :D



But that is me.



Comment by livingonli on 06/05/2008 14:21:29
Quote by m-hadley:

I guess producer Chris has banned me from the Live Blog - not sure why, but I tried to post and nada...

Cheers,

mfaye


:hug: That's not fair. You've been a big contributor to the show. If it's for insulting SMH, Donnie should be banned for creating more insults.

Comment by m-hadley on 06/05/2008 14:21:47
Quote by Raine:

Quote by m-hadley:

I guess producer Chris has banned me from the Live Blog - not sure why, but I tried to post and nada...

Cheers,

mfaye
can you not log in?



I cannot see why he would ban YOU from the blog, that makes no sense.





Raine,

I can log in and write a comment in the blue box, but when I hit submit nothing shows up??? I've e-mailed Christopher directly - I'll let you know if I hear anything back from him. Not sure what's up with this, but if he took offense from a comment I made over here about his baby having stinky diapers then he is too sensitive for this business - imho.

Cheers,

mfaye :D



Comment by Raine on 06/05/2008 14:23:41
I think that there is some automation in the blog software, Faye, Will had a problem there once, and so did I.

I am sure it will work out.

Comment by Shane-O on 06/05/2008 14:27:01
Quote by m-hadley:

Quote by Raine:

Quote by m-hadley:

I guess producer Chris has banned me from the Live Blog - not sure why, but I tried to post and nada...

Cheers,

mfaye
can you not log in?



I cannot see why he would ban YOU from the blog, that makes no sense.





Raine,

I can log in and write a comment in the blue box, but when I hit submit nothing shows up??? I've e-mailed Christopher directly - I'll let you know if I hear anything back from him. Not sure what's up with this, but if he took offense from a comment I made over here about his baby having stinky diapers then he is too sensitive for this business - imho.

Cheers,

mfaye :D





I wouldn't freak out yet -- a lot of blogs have automatic filters that sometimes catch stuff (not based on who posted, but the content) that was not intended to be culled, but the automatic nature of it and inaccuracy results in an unitended edit.



(Bob would probably be able to speak to this more than me - not that there are filters here at 4f, course!)



Comment by Scoopster on 06/05/2008 14:29:17
Quote by Shane-O:

(Bob would probably be able to speak to this more than me - not that there are filters here at 4f, course!)




No filters at all.. If I wanted to c...USER WAS BANNED FOR THIS COMMENT



Comment by BobR on 06/05/2008 14:30:40
Quote by Raine:

BTW, Republicans held the South Dakots Primary this week, didja know?



HEre are the results:

McCain -- 42,657 -- 70%

Paul -- 10,054 -- 17%

Huckabee -- 4,322 -- 7%



===============================



:bad: for McCain... Ron Paul could cause some serious issues at the convention methinks.


Obama got more votes in the primary than McCain did

Comment by wickedpam on 06/05/2008 14:31:05
Quote by Scoopster:

Do you want McCain to win the election?



That's the only question that needs to be posed to people who are spoiled on Hillary. They will come home because of the answer.




Tried that - I got "don't care" as the answer.



Comment by livingonli on 06/05/2008 14:33:48
My mouse is not working too well. I have to get a new one. So I shifted over to my laptop for the remainder of the show.

Comment by m-hadley on 06/05/2008 14:34:09
Thanks Shane-O, Raine, Liv and Others,

I am a skosh miffed, if a grrrl cannot engage with trolls in kind then what is the blogosphere coming to? If I have been banned, then I'm cancelling my StephCast and getting out of the game. I'll still blog here at 4Fs - you guys have become like family to me - so I can't quit you But it does make me sad :cry:

Cheers,

mfaye