Glynn Wilson of Locust Fork World News & Journal is reporting that the U.S. Attorneys story in Alabama is attracting the attention of major newspapers and might be generating big news in the next few days.
At the heart of the story is an affidavit from Jill Simpson stating that the prosecution of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman was politically motivated and instigated by White House strategist Karl Rove and Alabama Republican operative Bill Canary.
As the story of Simpson's affidavit unfolds, this blog will lay out details of similar "politicization" of Alabama's justice system. We will focus on state courts, but along the way, you will see connections between the Simpson story and the tale outlined in this blog.
Perhaps the biggest connector is Pelham, Alabama, attorney Bill Swatek, who filed a baseless lawsuit against me and then was the beneficiary of numerous unlawful rulings by Republican judges.
Swatek's son is Republican operative Dax Swatek, who has ties both to Canary and disgraced fund-raiser Jack Abramoff. Did Bill Swatek's family ties to Alabama's Republican hierarchy allow him to receive favorable treatment in court, even though he has a long history of ethical violations?
We will lay out the facts in the days ahead.