Thursday, November 16, 2017

Don Siegelman prosecution was driven by GOP's desire to control gaming and generate mounds of cash for Bob Riley and his associates, says Tommy Gallion


Tommy Gallion
A desire to take over gaming operations in Alabama and generate funds for Bob Riley and his associates drove a Republican scheme to prosecute former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman, according to a statement from a prominent Montgomery attorney.

Tommy Gallion states in an affidavit that he was invited to a meeting where Alabama Republicans were to discuss a political prosecution of Siegelman. Former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove was among those expected to attend the meeting.

Gallion had been involved with the Republican Party since 1972, and the late Winton Blount III invited him to the meeting, where a group of Republicans were to discuss their plan to work with newly appointed U.S. Attorney Leura Canary to indict Siegelman. Blount, a former gubernatorial candidate and chair of the Alabama Republican Party, died in February 2015. (The Gallion affidavit is embedded at the end of this post.)

It did not take Gallion long to decide he wanted no part of such a meeting. But he did learn what was behind the scheme. From the affidavit:

This whole ploy was undertaken to take over gambling in Alabama and to line the pockets of Congressman [Bob] Riley and his political minors if he was elected governor. After Riley was elected governor, he immediately moved to close down the legally operating casinos in order to remove all competition for the benefit of the Choctaw Indian casino operation slightly over the Alabama line in Mississippi and later the Poarch Creek Indian casino in Alabama. 

Gallion's sworn statement is entered as an exhibit in a pending federal lawsuit, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that attorney Joseph Siegelman (Don's son) brought, seeking records about Canary's supposed recusal in the Siegelman prosecution. Records in that lawsuit, before U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala, show the U.S. Department of Justice turned over the requested documents to the court on April 10.

More than seven months later, Haikala still has not made a ruling. According to the court docket, she is to conduct an in camera ("in the chamber") review of the records. Will she make the documents public or keep them under wraps. That remains unknown, but the Gallion affidavit could be a key factor in her decision.

In his affidavit, Gallion describes his deep roots with the Republican Party:

I have been a Republican since 1972 and have been involved with the Republican Party since that time. In 1984, I was a delegate for the Republican National Convention in Dallas, Texas, for re-election that nominated Ronald Reagan. I was on the Convention Committee for the Republican National Convention in New Orleans that nominated George H.W. Bush for president in 1988. I was also appointed legal counsel for the Republican National Committee from Alabama for roughly five years and was Ballot Security Co-Chairman for the Alabama Republican Party in the State of Alabama for several state and national elections. I remain a Republican to this day. 

The scheme to prosecute Siegelman for political reasons has forced Gallion to distance himself from certain GOP factions:

My father was twice elected attorney general of Alabama, and my father-in-law died while serving many years on the Alabama Supreme Court. I consider the political prosecution of Don Siegelman and others by these newly elected Republicans to be so corrupt that I ceased to support anything to do with these facinorous cretins who were corruptly using political prosecutions solely for money and power.


15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wherever there is sleaze, you will find a Republican nearby.

Anonymous said...

Hats off to Mr. Gallion for speaking out on this. Wish it had been earlier, but better late than never.

Anonymous said...

The Rileys are cheaters to the core. That's the only way they know to get ahead in life.

Anonymous said...

No one ever seems to point a finger at the Indian gaming folks who whored themselves out to the GOP.

Anonymous said...

I know Alabama has some dark history, but what did we ever do to deserve having the Rileys, Bill Canary, Jeff Sessions, and Roy Moore foisted upon us? C'mon, God, can't you forgive and forget just a bit?

Anonymous said...

Was there a Jack Abramoff rat in this woodpile?

Anonymous said...

"Will she make the documents public or keep them under wraps."

If there was only a way to profit on the fact that she'll do the wrong thing! Don't forget her "blame-the-victim" decision on Eric Parker's vicious beating of Sureshbhai Patel (Patel shouldn't have been walking outside his son's house without ID). Nor her illogical/incoherent decision to let Gardendale secede to a school district that is primarily white.

legalschnauzer said...

@12:44 --

Not all that familiar with the Gardendale case, but Haikala definitely butchered the Patel ruling. I wrote a series of posts about that, and she either has a poor understanding of the law or just isn't very bright. And yes, she absolutely did blame the victim in Patel.

legalschnauzer said...

@12:25 --

Working on a post about who was in attendance at this meeting, but yes, I believe there definitely was an Abramoff rat in the woodpile, along with a Scanlon rat and a Rove rat. Doesn't get much uglier than that.

Anonymous said...

Don't understand Judge Haikala's delay on this. Makes me think she is waiting on a signal from someone, and that suggests she is compromised. This ruling shouldn't be all that difficult.

Anonymous said...

If the Rileys had any talent, they wouldn't have to cheat like this. Bob was a worthless Congressman and governor, Rob is a lousy lawyer, and Minda's husband has to turn to Ashley Madison in search of a decent sex life. They have to cheat because they can't accomplish anything on their own.

Anonymous said...

Wonder what Mrs. Rob Riley thinks about Liberty Duke. She probably doesn't care as long as the dirty money keeps rolling in. Hope she protects herself from those creepy crawlies that can't be cured.

e.a.f. said...

well that might generate a bit of work and more than a few law suites. wait long enough and all the sleaze comes out.

Lets hope Judge Haikala gets with the agenda and makes a decision. with so many judges in the U.S.A. relying on political agendas to get appointed or elected, one can never really tell if justice is being done or political work is being done.

Anonymous said...

We will see how powerful Riley and team are now. If they can’t get Doug Jones elected to the senate with all the Roy Moore crap, then they may be losing power. Thoughts?

e.a.f. said...

A. 11:22, what did Alabama ever do to deserve...................

It is what Alabama didn't do. They didn't get out and vote these pieces of political shit out of office. From the length of time some of these people stayed in office, that is what the people of Alabama wanted. Now it is true not ever one voted for these "tainted" politicians, however, the majority did. If people don't politicians such as Sessions, Riley, Luther, etc. they need to be politically active and that may mean being politically active outside the 2 main parties.