Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Could The Unmasking Of Sonny Reagan Lay Foundation For The Fall of Riley Machine?

Alabama political jackals are coming
out in the open.
An Alabama special prosecutor last week was quoted in court documents as saying that both House Speaker Mike Hubbard and "the Riley machine" are "going down" in the ongoing Lee County grand-jury investigation. The documents surfaced as part of an effort by Deputy Attorney General Sonny Reagan to avoid testifying before the grand jury. Now Reagan stands accused by his own office of "having undisclosed communications with individuals affiliated with people who are indicted or under investigation by the grand jury."

That's a fancy way of saying Reagan has been improperly leaking information to his friends, in an apparent effort to help them avoid big trouble. And it raises this question: Did Special Prosecutor Matt Hart know about Reagan's leaking activities when he uttered ominous words about Mike Hubbard and the political machine led by former Republican Governor Bob Riley? Did Hart utter the words, quoted by Reagan, because he knew Reagan was trying to save the fannies of his long-time political allies? Could Reagan's improper communications help lay the groundwork to bring down Hubbard and the Riley Gang, including son Rob Riley and daughter Minda Riley Campbell?

Those are just a few of many intriguing questions raised by the "Unmasking of Sonny Reagan," an event we think could have historic implications for a Deep South state that long has been plagued by corruption, largely fueled by conservatives.

Let's consider a few other questions that quickly come to mind:

* With whom did Reagan communicate, and when did the communications take place? What point in the grand-jury proceedings seemed to prompt his outreach efforts?

* How did Reagan and his associates communicate? Was it in person, by phone, e-mail, regular mail, text, other? Could use of the federal mails or wires (phone, computer) invoke federal jurisdiction if the case turns into a criminal matter?

* Did Reagan communicate with anyone associated with Indian gaming and did he try to protect them in any way? If so, what does that say about his handling of cases against non-Indian gaming facilities, such as VictoryLand in Macon County?

* Did Reagan encourage anyone to lie or cover up information before the grand jury? Did anyone actually lie to the grand jury, based on Reagan's encouragement and instructions?

* Birmingham lawyers Rob Riley and Bill Baxley represented Reagan in his efforts to avoid testifying before the grand jury? Did they unlawfully receive information about the grand jury's activities from their client? Did they know that Reagan was leaking grand-jury information? Were they among those who received his leaks? If so, what did Reagan discuss with them and why?

That last set of questions hits close to home for us. Rob Riley filed a dubious defamation lawsuit against me last fall, which led to my unlawful incarceration for five months. Bill Baxley represents former Luther Strange aide Jessica Medeiros Garrison in another defamation lawsuit, which just happened to surface against me at about the same time as the Riley case. Now we know that Riley and Baxley are associated with Sonny Reagan, a man who stands accused by his own office of subverting the legal process.

What does that say about Riley, Baxley, and their ethical standards? What, if anything, does it say about the cases they brought against me? What does it say about their involvement with Reagan? What kind of Unholy Alliance is this?

That brings us to Alabama Political Reporter and Editor Bill Britt, who broke the Reagan story. Britt referred to Reagan, Hubbard, Riley and Co. as jackals (see photo above), and here are a few of Britt's blunt words:

Like jackals, these opportunistic predators seek to ravage all that is good in our State, filling their bellies at a feast of greed and corruption. The whole affair reeks of madness, the kind of madness that stems from a conscience seared with a hot iron, void of principle, avaricious and demented by power.

This must end with the indictment and conviction of Hubbard and the whole Riley Machine, or the State will be damned by men like Reagan.

Comparing some of Alabama's scummiest politicos to jackals? That leads to one final question: Isn't that an insult to jackals everywhere?


Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it make perfect sense for Sonny Reagan to call his political mentor, Bob Riley? I suspect that's where the first communication took place.

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling that many will be surprised at who the pack leader really is and isn't when this is all said and done. It isn't. Reagan. He is a soldier, not a commander. But time will reveal all things hopefully.

legalschnauzer said...

I like your use of the term "pack leader," @1:40. Seems appropriate for a bunch of jackals.

Anonymous said...

Good line at the end there, Schnauzer.

And yes, it is an insult to jackals.

legalschnauzer said...

Props to Bill Britt, of Alabama Political Reporter, for first making the jackals comparison. It originated with him, and I think it's a perfect fit.

Anonymous said...

Lots of good questions. I would especially like to know if Reagan contacted someone involved with Indian gaming money. More than anything else, that has corrupted our state to an embarrassing degree--it's the whole reason Bob Riley became governor in the first place. Without all of Jack Abramoff's laundered cash, Big Bob doesn't "beat" Siegelman--he and probably needed election theft to "beat" him anyway.

e.a.f. said...

Nice post! Good questions! Now if the federal Justice dept. would ask the same questions things might improve there in the South.

It was nice to see Brit write the story. It would appear the "news" about Alabama is getting out there. Now if the voting public in Alabama just got with the agenda, on voting day, who knows what could happen. Taxes for the average voter could go down.

Anonymous said...

America sees the sleaze but doesn't really get into the human condition where the rot has even got maggots to say oh hell no.

Jackals are pack canines and kill to eat because they are wild animals in nature.

Maggots eat flesh, preferably when the tissue is rotting.

Humans are the species with the brain that decides to destroy the/a moral balance in nature.

Whenever a rotted flesh gets to be worthless to the maggot owners, then the frenzy begins.

Maggot owners are the most corrupt humans or the making of rotting flesh of our species would end right now.

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

There is the fact that the South is corrupt and the corruption is so accepted as the standard, the time question must look time squarely in the face so to speak.

When and how exactly did the deep corruption begin? Genocide of the Indians?

Yes, that is the truth and the fact is the truth can't be denied.

America suffers from blood on the hands of the Anglo-Saxon from Europe to live here in the USA.

Great to have faith in changing the corruption, that has to be or what is the point in being.

The demands for all the people of America to begin making some kind of amend to the Indians may be the way to get the facts so clear, that the corruption has to get clear too.

The country is so corrupt in every way and everywhere. Can't but, direct attention in exposing the most corrupt of the corruption. There is a trial where the Federal Reserve Officers Geithner and Bernanke are going to be on the stand.

Speaking of corruption.

Anonymous said...

You're a journalist with an excellent style, Schnauzer. You wait to post comments and allow the words to do the job of words, that is intuitive journalism.

When you've got a year behind you in the jail PTSD experience you are going to see a great shift.

Jailed x2 myself and that is because we step a moment into the unconscious? Are we paying attention to the world as a very wicked place here in USA? At all times, that is? No we forget and get into danger. Can get killed, must not get killed.

And yet, we also can't sit in a safe place and tell the truth like the truth truly is.

Jails have to be fully exposed and your story is bone chilling.

What the "Southerners" do that are considered those that are in charge of being "Leaders" is criminally insane for almost the majority of the "People".

That is what Americans are going to have to face, the "Agents" for the "Globalists" are mostly those that are what "LEAD" America.

Jail is the micro of the macro or is the other way around how the working of our "Country Tis Of Thee" operates?

What say thee Legal Schnauzer Southern Journalist?

Daniel Hatfield said...

Cool post! I like the last part! "Jackals" that's a good one!

Anonymous said...

scabies burrow under-into the skin. really-really nasty, that mite poops underneath the skin.

very difficult to totally get rid of and unbelievably deadly in contaminating the host.

eventually the bugs crawl out from inside the body.

strange bedfellows the scabies mites in the southern leaders.