Monday, September 11, 2017

Evidence from pending FOIA case could give Don Siegelman ammunition to file civil RICO case against Rove, Abramoff, Pryor, Riley, and other GOP thugs


Mike Papantonio and Don Siegelman
(From trofire.com)
A pending federal lawsuit involving Don Siegelman could yield information for a civil racketeering case against major government figures who allegedly conspired to prosecute the former Alabama governor for political reasons. Siegelman raised the issue during an interview last week with Mike Papantonio, a prominent, Florida-based attorney and host of America's Lawyer on RT America.

To our knowledge, this was the first time Siegelman has discussed possible legal remedies to hold accountable those who caused him to be incarcerated for six-plus years, in what generally is considered the most notorious political prosecution in American history. (Video of the interview is embedded at the end of this post.)

Siegelman raised the possibility of a lawsuit under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Congress passed the RICO Act in 1970 as a way to fight Mafia groups. The law has evolved to include actions against a variety of organizations, from corrupt police departments to motorcycle gangs. RICO allows for both criminal prosecutions and civil remedies for victims.

The general five-year federal statute of limitations likely would preclude criminal prosecutions in the Siegelman matter. But there might not be a limitations bar on a civil complaint because the government has stonewalled for more than 10 years on the former governor's efforts to obtain evidence about prosecutorial misconduct in his case, via the Freedom of Information Act. (FOIA).

Joseph Siegelman, the former governor's son, is leading the latest FOIA effort, and that case is pending in the Northern District of Alabama before U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala. Public records indicate the government has turned over at least some of the documents Siegelman has sought for more than a decade, especially those involving the alleged failure of former U.S. Attorney Leura Canary to recuse from the case.

According to the court docket, the Department of Justice (DOJ) turned over requested documents for Haikala's in camera review on April 10, 2017. It's now more than five months later, and we see no sign that anything new has happened in the case. What's the hold up? The Siegelmans surely are asking that question, and the delay suggests to us that the documents contain information that could prove deeply problematic for certain right-leaning political figures.

Don Siegelman, despite the delay, is confident Haikala will handle the case properly. "She is very fastidious and has a good legal mind," Siegelman said. "We want her to rule in her own time and way. We trust her to be fair."

The importance of Haikala's ruling in the FOIA case cannot be overstated. If she turns the documents over to the Siegelman team, and they become public, that could spell bad news for some national, regional, and statewide political figures -- including Karl Rove, Jack Abramoff, Leura and Bill Canary, Bob and Rob Riley, Mark Fuller, Ralph Reed, Grover Norquist, leaders of the Mississippi Choctaw Indians, and more. Two former Alabama attorneys general -- current federal judge Bill Pryor and current Trump AG Jeff Sessions -- also could find themselves in deep doo-doo.

From Don Siegelman's interview with Mike Papantonio:

We have a FOIA case pending in the Northern District to hopefully shed some light on what has been going on. If [the government] had given me this exculpatory information when they had it, we could have filed a motion for a new trial. But they have sealed it and concealed it, and they are still hiding it from me and the public.

The case pending in the Northern District might reveal enough new evidence to move forward -- either with discovery or a civil RICO case against all this cast of characters and deep-funded people in Mississippi with the Choctaw Indians, who provided the money for Karl Rove's bag man, Jack Abramoff, to do me in.
There is a possible civil RICO case, but we have to wait and see what evidence is produced.





20 comments:

Anonymous said...

A small spelling mistake.

FIFY!

According to the court docket, the Department of Justice (DOJ) turned over requested documents for Haikala's in camera review on April 10, 2017. It's now more than five months later, and we see no sign that anything new has happened in the case. What's the hold up? The Siegelmans surely are asking that question, and the delay suggests to us that the documents contain information that could prove deeply problematic for certain reich-leaning political figures.

Anonymous said...

I wish Gov. Siegelman had filed a civil case a long time ago. The public deserves to know how our justice system was used as a political weapon.

Anonymous said...

RICO is serious business. Those four letters make organized crooks soil themselves.

Anonymous said...

@9:53 --

I agree. I'm sure there might have been impediments to a lawsuit -- the expense, Don being in prison, etc. -- but I wish this had come earlier. Certainly hope it comes now.

Anonymous said...

There must be serious dirt in those documents for Haikala's in camera review to take this long. No reason for her to take five months to review this stuff.

Anonymous said...

Would love to see some of these GOP bastards sweat.

Anonymous said...

If you ever feel the need to get sick to your stomach, check out the comments whenever al.com runs a story about Don Siegelman. It's scary that Alabama has so many stupid people.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be fun to see Bill and Leura Canary, and Bob and Rob Riley, wiped out financially? Oh, happy day!

Anonymous said...

@11:08 --

I know what you mean about the stupid comments at al.com. These are the same people who vote crooks like Bentley, Moore, Hubbard, and Strange into office -- to name just a few. How many states have their luv guv, House speaker, and Supreme Court chief justice booted out of office at the same time?

Anonymous said...

There is e-mail evidence that Leura Canary violated her recusal and Matt Hart had communications with Rob Riley. So there obviously is some serious stuff in those documents.

Anonymous said...

6 years in prison apparently taught this scumbag nothing. Much like you, everything is someone else's fault and there is a conspiracy behind every tree. I think both of you think you are more important than you are. You are peons that tilt at windmills and lose every time. How has that worked out for your lifestyle?

Anonymous said...

So glad you picked up on this, Mr. Schnauzer. Very important story, not just in Alabama. If we allow these kinds of prosecutions to go unpunished, our country isn't worth a crap.

legalschnauzer said...

@2:02 --

So you think the Siegelman case was correctly decided? Why do you think that? Can you cite three reasons you think the case was decided properly, based on the facts and the law?

Anonymous said...

@2:02 --

You must be one of those commenters from al.com. You display the same level of "thought."

Anonymous said...

@2:02 --

How is being an ignorant turd working out for you? I assume it makes you stupid and smelly.

Anonymous said...

Don Seigelman has a lot more faith in that dingbat judge Madeline Hughes Haikala than I do.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/06/magazine/the-resegregation-of-jefferson-county.html?mcubz=0

Anonymous said...

Also, am wondering what our old friend, the Eliza Battle Fabulist, thinks about this since he predicted it (as well as Mike Hubbard's appeal which was filed over the summer).

Anonymous said...

Schnauzer --

@2:02 won't provide an answer that requires thought because he isn't capable of it. He's probably a raging, racist Trumpista from the mountains of north Alabama -- a glorified hillbilly. He's Jethro Bodine without the charm.

Anonymous said...

Aboard the Eliza Battle Captain Marshall was receiving the Battle Report from the crew. Bob Yancey reported that he had bad news and some good news. The bad news was that the Dummy Warship was found drift. The good news was that Nannie Dee was still aboard the vessel. The Captain inquired as to how Nannie Dee was holding up after spending 6 months unchaperoned with the General. Bob Yancey replied that she had been taken to sick bay and with the help of DR.Foreman, John and Thomas Yancey were restoring her to mint condition. Admiral Tyron added that the Hibernia, with the Justice Dept, onboard has engaged in a Naval Maneuver that endangers Mike's safety if he continues with his plan "C" to clear his name. Mary Mac asked Admiral Tyron to please tell her that Mike was not in danger. The Admiral replied that Mike was in extreme danger because the Hibernia has threatened to sink the Victoria with the Riley Machine onboard if Mike exposes the Justice Dept corruption that occurred during McGregor's trial. Sheldon inquired as to what the Justice Dept. has done to convey this message. Admiral Tyron replied that one month before Mike's appeal was due, the Justice Dept. gave the Judge hearing Don Siegelman's lawsuit all the material needed to sink the Victoria. Mike was forced to withhold the corruption in his written appeal, but he has another chance to expose the corruption in oral arguments. Bob Yancey added that his opinion was that the Justice Dept. was bluffing. The documents showing the corruption of the Siegelman Trial will never be made public. Captain Marshall said that the Eliza Battle needed a plan to get Mike off the Victoria and back upon the Eliza Battle.

legalschnauzer said...

@6:43 --

Always good to receive a report from the deck of the Eliza Battle. The following in your communique jumps out at this landlubber:

"The Admiral replied that Mike was in extreme danger because the Hibernia ("Justice Dept") has threatened to sink the Victoria with the Riley Machine onboard if Mike exposes the Justice Dept corruption that occurred during McGregor's trial. Sheldon inquired as to what the Justice Dept. has done to convey this message. Admiral Tyron replied that one month before Mike's appeal was due, the Justice Dept. gave the Judge hearing Don Siegelman's lawsuit all the material needed to sink the Victoria. Mike was forced to withhold the corruption in his written appeal, but he has another chance to expose the corruption in oral arguments. Bob Yancey added that his opinion was that the Justice Dept. was bluffing. The documents showing the corruption of the Siegelman Trial will never be made public. Captain Marshall said that the Eliza Battle needed a plan to get Mike off the Victoria and back upon the Eliza Battle."