Now what about this other person named Swatek?
His name is William E. Swatek, an attorney based in Pelham, Alabama. He is the attorney who filed the baseless lawsuit against me, leading to a string of unlawful rulings by Republican judges in Alabama. And he is the father of Dax Swatek, the Republican operative with ties to Jack Abramoff.
Recall that Dax Swatek also has close ties to Bill Canary, who is alleged to have worked with Karl Rove to instigate a politically motivated prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. That story continues to unfold.
Is it possible that Dax Swatek did not fall far from the tree? Well, consider this: Bill Swatek has a long history of ethical problems in the Alabama legal community.
In 1980, Bill Swatek's license was suspended by the Alabama State Bar for "conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation."
In 1997, Bill Swatek received a public reprimand from the Alabama State Bar. In this instance, five complaints against Swatek were rolled into one punishment.
In 1999, Bill Swatek received a private reprimand from the Alabama State Bar.
In 2001, Bill Swatek filed a lawsuit against me on behalf of a client--my Neighbor From Hell (NFH)--who has at least eight criminal convictions in his background.
Sounds like a lawyer-client match made in heaven doesn't it?