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Lead Prosecutor Steve Feaga

Reportedly once pushed for false testimony in the Siegelman case

From Alabama Blog Legal Schnauzer:
A lead prosecutor in the Don Siegelman trial, who reportedly pushed for false or coerced testimony behind the scenes during the investigation, now is perpetuating falsehoods about the case in a public forum.

Stephen Feaga, a former federal prosecutor,. . . made a number of dubious statements in an op-ed piece for the Montgomery Advertiser, dated December 24, 2015, and titled “Siegelman column riddled with inaccuracies.”Feaga was responding to a December 18 Josh Moon piece titled “End the embarrassment and pardon Don Siegelman.”

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Montgomery-based Justice Department whistleblower Tamarah Grimes outlined egregious misconduct by key members of the prosecution team–including U.S. Attorney Leura Canary, Acting U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin, and Feaga. From the Grimes letter to Holder:

Mr. Feaga instructed the investigators how to approach the cooperating witnesses on a particular subject and specified what he needed the witness to say in order to support his prosecutorial theory. For instance, Mr. Feaga would say, “See if you can get him to say it like this . . . , ” “Ask him if he is comfortable saying it like this . . . ,” or “I need him to say it like this . . . .” The investigators would return from meeting with the cooperating witnesses to report to Mr. Feaga, who would send the investigators back with new instructions.

The process became so absurd–and so blatantly unlawful–that some members of the prosecution could only joke about it. Writes Grimes:

I recall one of the investigators . . . commented on the conduct by saying, “There is truth, there are facts, and then there are “Feaga facts.”

 

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