A trailer has been released for a documentary about the political prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. The film, titled "Atticus v. The Architect: The Political Assassination of Don Siegelman," will hit theaters in selected cities over the next few weeks.
Steve Wimberly is producer/director, and a GoFundMe (GFM) campaign has generated almost $100,000 for the project,
Wimberly reports the film has obtained Independent Documentary Association status, which allows all future contributions to be tax deductible.
Here is part of how the GFM page describes the film:
We will reveal the dark underbelly of Republican politics. It will explain how Karl Rove ("The Architect") used his senior executive position in the Bush White House to “get rid of Siegelman” because Republicans simply couldn’t beat him at the polls. Rove began by arranging for loyal Republican operatives, and Siegelman’s political adversaries, to be appointed as federal prosecutors.
The federal prosecutor that indicted Gov. Siegelman (Leura Canary) was married to the campaign manager of his opponent (Bill Canary)!
Those prosecutors quickly indicted Siegelman with fake, made-up charges alleging actions that, according to hundreds of legal experts – both Republican and Democrat – have never been crimes in the history of American jurisprudence. Then, to make those false charges stick, a Republican “hanging judge" with numerous personal, political, and financial conflicts was suspiciously selected to preside over the trial.
The corrupt judge in the case, Mark Fuller, since has been forced from the bench for beating his wife in an Atlanta hotel room in summer 2014. Documents related to Fuller's divorce from his first wife indicate extramarital sex, drugs, and violence had been a part of his life for some time:
Before the trial, Gov. Siegelman caught Mark Fuller misappropriating over $300,000 in state retirement funds. The embarrassed Fuller, now a federal judge, vowed payback. Fuller got his chance when he was assigned to preside over Gov. Siegelman's trial.
Inside this excessively biased courtroom, Rove's henchmen got away with a staggering array of judicial misconduct: lying to the jury, bribing the judge, scripting witness testimony, threatening the witness if he didn’t comply, multiple improper jury instructions, jury tampering, and allowing admittance of false evidence.
Under threat of impeachment, Judge Mark Fuller resigned from the federal bench for beating his wife. An investigation found that he had beat his wife on numerous occasions and lied to investigators.