Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Well, Well, Weller

The Birmingham News today unearths a new spokesperson in an attempt to explain the strange activities of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Montgomery.

It's not the usual suspects--Louis Franklin or Steve Feaga. It's Julia Weller.

Who? you might ask. Scott Horton, of Harper's, has the answer.

Weller is a former assistant U.S. attorney, who once held the top staff position under Leura Canary in Montgomery. Weller left the USA office under mysterious circumstances and wound up in her current role, administrative law judge, courtesy of Alabama Attorney General Troy King.

The News digs up Weller to offer an explanation for the government's decision not to pursue allegations by Alabama developer Lanny Young that he had offered bribes to Republicans William Pryor and Jeff Sessions. Of course, the government took similar allegations against Democrat Don Siegelman and ran with them, all the way to conviction.

Weller tells us that the USA office checked out Young's allegations regarding Sessions and Pryor, but just couldn't find any quid pro quo that would amount to federal bribery.

The News tells us virtually nothing about Weller's background. But Horton is more than happy to shine some light on that subject. Weller is a longtime friend of Leura Canary, and Weller's husband is well-known Montgomery tax attorney Christopher Weller. Among Christopher Weller's close friends are none other than William Pryor and Jeff Sessions--not to mention Karl Rove.

Makes you think the government's investigation of the Pryor/Sessions allegations was pretty exhaustive doesn't it?

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