Are there connections between U.S. Attorney Alice Martin, the Paul Minor case in Mississippi, and my own legal case?
Here's perhaps a better way to phrase it: Are there close connections between Republicans in Mississippi and Republicans in Alabama? The answer to that is a resounding yes.
Could they join hands to influence justice in the Minor case, the Don Siegelman case, even the Legal Schnauzer case? Let's see what the evidence tell us:
* Alice Martin has deep roots in Mississippi and the GOP. She is from the Magnolia State and received her law degree from the University of Mississippi. She recently refused to prosecute Mississippi lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, the brother-in-law of former U.S. Senator Trent Lott (R-MS). A federal judge had recommended that Scruggs be prosecuted for violating a court order, and Martin refused to do it. Scott Horton, of Harper's, wrote about the case here.
Bob Martin, of the Montgomery Independent, wrote a recent column with some interesting background information about Alice Martin. Martin's professional bio can be read here.
* Alabama Governor Bob Riley has well-reported ties to the Mississippi GOP. In fact, it has been reported that Riley used major financial support from the Mississippi Choctaw Indians to win the Alabama governor's office. And these funds were funneled through confessed felons Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon, a former Riley aide. Scott Horton, of Harper's, has a superb account of Bob Riley's many Mississippi connections here.
* Horton's piece mentions a name that is central to our Legal Schnauzer case. That is Dax Swatek, who was Riley's campaign manager in 2006 and whose father (William E. Swatek) filed the bogus lawsuit that led to my legal woes--and this blog. Dax Swatek grew up in Alabama and currently is based in Montgomery. But guess where he earned his law degree? The Mississippi College School of Law. Guess he wasn't smart enough to get into an Alabama law school.
So the Alabama/Mississippi/GOP hits just keep on comin'. And the evidence suggests that they are playing a role in the current threats to unlawfully seize my house.
I suspect one other factor might be at play. We'll touch on that next.