Skip to main content

On February 16, a number of LA Kossacks spent the afternoon with Dana Siegelman, who gave us an update of what's going on with her father Don's case. If you don't remember, Don Siegelman was the most successful Democratic politician in Alabama, and Karl Rove, with the assistance of Siegelman's opponent in 2002 and the US Attorneys in Alabama, managed to get Siegelman convicted of bribery and sentenced to seven years in prison. He was released from jail by the 11th Circuit Court in March 2008 while they considered his appeal. After reducing his sentence to 69 months and dropping two of the seven charges against him, the 11th Circuit sent him back to jail to complete his sentence in March 2009.

This is without a doubt a political prosecution. Dana has a website up with a petition to free her father. She's hoping that the talented bloggers here at Daily Kos can keep awareness of her father's story up by referring to Don in other stories of watchdogs and whistleblowers being wrongfully convicted by vengeful prosecutors.  Hence this group, which Shockwave and I promised her we'd create. Promise fulfilled, Dana.

If you want to take part in this effort to free Don Siegelman, ask in the comments! We also hope that this will be a repository for other cases that indicate how justice can and has gone wrong in these United States.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site