Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Documentary about the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman receives stellar review, plus a pledge to help arrange screening in Montgomery

A documentary about the political prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman is "worth your time and your anger," according to a review at the Alabama Political Reporter (APR). The Prattville-based news site pledged to help arrange a showing of the film in Montgomery.

The film, Atticus v. the Architect: The Political Assassination of Don Siegelman (directed by Steve Wimberly), had been scheduled for a showing at the Capri Theatre in Montgomery. But former federal prosecutor Leura Canary, who helped ramrod the Siegelman case, serves on the Capri's board of directors and objected to the screening. The board voted to renege on its agreement to rent the theater for a group to show the Siegelman film.

That act of not-so-subtle censorship, however, has not kept the film under wraps. After its premiere on May 10 at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, the film has had screenings in Atlanta (two shows, including one at Netroots Nation) and Tuscaloosa, with upcoming shows in Decatur, AL (8/18, Princess Theatre) and Leesburg, VA (8/23, Cobb Village 12).

Josh Moon, of APR, says the documentary makes for a powerful viewing experience. He calls it "scorching." From his review:

No wonder Leura Canary didn’t want people to see the Siegelman documentary.

“Atticus v. The Architect: The Political Assassination of Don Siegelman” is a scorching documentary, particularly if you’re one of the many Republican officials who played a role in the prosecution of Alabama’s former Governor.

The film does not offer much in the way of new information about the Siegelman case, Moon writes. But it takes a complex story and presents it in a solid, professional, understandable package for a mainstream audience:

For all of the local attention this film has received – thanks in large part to Canary’s pushback against allowing the film to be shown in Montgomery — “Atticus” doesn’t really reveal much in the way of new information. What it does – and it’s the first medium to do so – is put the whole sordid ordeal in one tidy package that’s easy for the common person to digest.

That alone would be reason enough for Canary and others to want it stopped. Because it’s only through that perspective, with all of the facts and the sequence of events laid out before you, that you understand the grandness of the scheme against Siegelman. And it is only through that perspective that the impossibility of such a grand conspiracy can be removed, and the lengths and depths to which some will go to gain a political advantage can be exposed.

Some of the most prominent conservative political figures of the 2000s receive withering treatment as underhanded operatives who helped create, and benefit from, the Siegelman case:

Starting with the 2002 gubernatorial race between Siegelman and Bob Riley, “Atticus,” written and directed by Steve Wimberly, travels a course of corruption, much of which it lays at the feet of Riley, Republican operative Karl Rove, Billy and Leura Canary and Eric Holder.

Steve Wimberly
It features interviews with some of the state’s most powerful and well-known political players. And there’s even an appearance by the most famous crooked lobbyist in DC, Jack Abramoff, who recounts in detail how he and his Choctaw Indian pals forked out $20 million to beat back a lottery and to get rid of Siegelman.
By the end, you walk away with two thoughts: Alabama politics is dirtier than I imagined (which is saying something) and Don Siegelman shouldn’t have been indicted, much less convicted.

It is well worth your time, and your anger.

As for future showings, Moon reports that APR and its affiliated The V television program plan to assist:

APR and “The V” hope to help with that, at least in the Montgomery area. We should have news soon on a new Montgomery screening location and date for the film.


Anonymous said...

I've seen the documentary, and Josh Moon nails it in his review. Very well done, both the movie and the review.

Anonymous said...

Had to miss Bham showing. Hope it comes back to town.

Anonymous said...

This needs to be shown on every college campus in Alabama, in the South -- if possible.

Steve said...

I will have to watch it on DVD.
Largely thanks to Legal Schauzer, I became fascinated by and incredulous of the dregree of corruption in Alabama politics. I am not American but the story touched me deeply. But it wasn't just Don Siegelman who was almost destroyed by those evil and corrupt criminals.
They almost totally ruined Roger and Carol because Roger dared to expose the corruption when few others would dare to go near the story. That same corruption has led to the putrificatin of the office of the President of the United States and theTrump administration. Those tentacles have spread far and wide. I think even as far as the UK and the madness of Brexit!

Anonymous said...

On another subject: any further information on BP, of the famous schlong?

Anonymous said...

Off topic, but could you please look into fixing your website for IPad viewers? If I try to enlarge the print just a bit to prevent squinting, I encounter a problem and website has to be reloaded. This started happening in recent months after the layout changed. Plenty of white space, but unfortunately margins get blown and it crashes if you just try to enlarge the print on an iPad. Thanks in advance.

legalschnauzer said...

@5:56 --

Thanks for sharing. I will look into that, but I'm not sure if there is anything I can do on my end. My blog runs on a Blogger platform, by Google, and it might have to be done on that level. Not sure, but will see if there are options where I can help improve this.

legalschnauzer said...

@5:04 --

I guess you are talking about Bill Pryor? No direct news, but I'm sure he's keeping track of Trump-related corruption and how it might affect Jeff Sessions. Pryor's career has been built entirely on the back of Jeff Sessions, who seems to have a peculiar fondness for him. (Gee, I wonder why.) In indirect Pryor news, the U.S. Senate recently confirmed Kevin Newsom to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. My understanding is that Pryor and Newsom have an extremely close relationship (wink, wink). What will happen to Trump appointees if it's eventually discovered that he was in the White House only because of gross international election fraud of historic proportions. Will their appointments be null and void if it's shown Trump never was lawfully elected president? Stay tuned.

legalschnauzer said...

Steve --

Thanks for your comment. I think you are right on target about Alabama-based corruption spreading around the U.S., even to other parts of the world. Why is that? I'm not sure, but Karl Rove clearly has played a leading role in turning Alabama into a sewer, and I'm pretty sure he has quite a few international clients and contacts. They are a ruthless, cruel bunch, and I believe racism plays a key role in their ideology. They've decided that the U.S. Constitution calls for equal justice for all, of all colors, and they feel entitled to receive special treatment. If you go to court in U.S. now, you regularly see decisions that have nothing to do with the rule of law, that create findings that are just the opposite of what the Constitution calls for. These people, I think, already have created their own kind of shadow government that I call "The New Confederacy." They want a table that always tilts in their favor, and they will lie, cheat, throw people in jail, steal jobs . . . anything to get it. I think that's why Jeff Sessions feels entitled to lie to Congress. Why Trump feels entitled to cook all sorts of odorous deals with Russians, and then leave our country under the influence of mobsters. Karl Rove started messing with Alabama in 1994, when he got Perry Hooper elected chief justice of State Supreme Court over Sonny Hornsby in a crooked race, very much like Bush v. Gore in 2000. It's been going on 23 years, but the good news is that a Trump implosion might pull the mask off a lot of it and send a lot of people to prison in orange jump suits.

legalschnauzer said...

Steve --

On another note, I haven't posted about this, but it's interesting that Siegelman had his ankle monitor removed the other say, so I think he is free of house arrest and can get around and speak out, etc. While Don was out on appeal and Carol and I still were living in Birmingham, we got to know to him fairly well. He took us and a few other folks out for dinner at a very good Mexican restaurant, and he and I met for breakfast several times. We think a lot of him, and he's excellent company. We hope to get back to Birmingham someday, to achieve justice in our cases (including the one in Missouri over Carol's broken arm) and maybe help Don in his plans to reform the U.S. justice system, which right now has a huge disconnect between the constitution and the courtroom. Here is article about the Siegelman ankle bracelet:


Steve said...

I am using an iPad Mini 4. Right now.
I use the browser version of the blog and it works just fine. I can expand the text by using the two finger spreading gesture. I use the latest iOS

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