C.W. Clements

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Completely without Legal Merit

Judicial Misconduct Expert, Bennett Gershman, writes in Huffington Post:

Alabama’s top Republican operative Bill Canary contacted Karl Rove and instigated the Justice Department’s prosecution of Siegelman. . . .Canary declared confidentially that “his girls would take care of Siegelman.” When asked who “his girls” were, Canary replied Alice Martin, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, and Leura Canary, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. Leura Canary, by the way, is Bill Canary’s wife.

First “Girl” brought Siegelman Prosecution before Judge Clemons

First, Alice Martin, one of Bill Canary’s “girls,” indicted Siegelman in 2004 for bid-rigging on state contracts. But that indictment was dismissed almost as quickly as it was brought by Federal District Judge U.W. Clemon, one of the most senior judges in Alabama. Judge Clemon, in throwing out the indictment for lack of evidence, wrote that the prosecution “was completely without legal merit” and in a further remarkable statement, said that the prosecution of Siegelman “was the most unfounded criminal case over which I presided in my entire judicial career.” [Emphasis mine]

Read more at Huffington Post

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  • Jack Abramoff

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  • Michael Scanlon

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  • Grover Norquist

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  • Ralph Reed

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  • Judge Bill Pryor

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  • Winton Blount III

    Hosting planning meeting for Siegelman prosecution

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  • William Canary

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  • Rob Riley

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  • Bob Riley

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