Thursday, April 26, 2018

Prominent progressive blasts Alabama AG candidate Joseph Siegelman for posing with Bill Baxley, who has become largely a lap dog for crooked Republicans


Joseph Siegelman and Bill Baxley
A prominent whistle blower and opposition researcher yesterday blasted Alabama attorney general candidate Joseph Siegelman for posing with former AG and gubernatorial candidate Bill Baxley. The photo appeared at the Joseph Siegelman for Attorney General Facebook page, and Dana Jill Simpson responded by essentially saying it showed extremely poor taste and judgment on Siegelman's part.

In the process, Simpson stood up for Legal Schnauzer and me, noting our role in reporting -- in more depth, quality, and quantity than any other news site -- on the political prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman, Joseph's father. We've paid a steep price for that reporting, in the form of a bogus lawsuit and other corrupt legal actions from Bill Baxley, acting on behalf of the noxious "Alabama Gang" of crooked Republicans -- including Rob Riley, Mike Hubbard, Jeff Sessions, Bill Canary, Luther Strange, and Jessica Medeiros Garrison.

Specifically, Baxley almost certainly played a major role in my 2013 kidnapping (no warrant ever has surfaced) and five-month incarceration, which was ordered by retired judge Claud Neilson -- a long-time Baxley crony, who was specially appointed by the hideously corrupt Alabama Supreme Court. The five months I spent in jail made it impossible for my wife, Carol, and me to resolve issues with our home mortgage -- leading to a foreclosure that had Baxley's fingerprints all over it. Finally, Baxley filed a baseless defamation lawsuit against me on behalf of Jessica Garrison -- former campaign manager and mistress to Luther Strange. That case resulted in a $3.5-million default judgment -- issued by Jefferson County Circuit Judge Don Blankenship, even though the case involved no discovery, no trial, no jury, no cross-examination, nothing associated with a normal defamation case. What kind of favors or "patronage" had to be dolled out to get that worthless judgment from Blankenship?

On top of that, the Garrison judgment is void on multiple grounds (improper jurisdiction and lack of notice re: default application and hearing), and can be attacked as such at any time, Baxley surely knows this -- as does Garrison, who happens to have a law degree -- but neither has said a peep about it in a public forum.

That helps explain, in part, why Jill Simpson was appalled that Joseph Siegelman, a Democrat, would allow himself to be photographed with Baxley, a Democrat who has become a lap dog for the right wing in his senior years. This is from a post last night at Simpson's Facebook page (with some editing for clarity):

First let me say, folks, I am not sure why Joseph Siegelman got his picture with Bill Baxley? However, one thing is for sure: I heard from a bunch of progressives all over the state about it today, as they just thought it was wrong and were asking me: "Is the Siegelman kid ignorant as to what happened to Roger Shuler, his father's biggest press defender, because of Baxley?

They are like: "There he is, Jill, standing with the Alabama Gang guy, Bill Baxley, that got the $3.5-million judgement against Roger Shuler, while he was in jail, on bullshit deal about Jessica Garrison and Luther Strange and Liberty Duke and Rob Riley. 
After all, everyone knows Bill Baxley covered for Luther with his Jessica deal, suing Roger for her, while he was in jail unable to defend himself. Former State Senator Lowell Barron months ago appeared on Marcus Echols' progressive radio show in Huntsville and told what he knew and why Luther dropped the charges on him like a hot potato out of fear of having to testify under oath about Luther's relationship with Jessica Garrison.

Curiously, we've seen no reports of Garrison suing Lowell Barron, no claims that he defamed her for stating unequivocally she had an affair with Strange, and it badly compromised Strange in his role as attorney general. So, Garrison claimed my reporting was false and defamatory, but Lowell Barron's broadcast statements -- pulled pretty much from my posts and Barron's own knowledge -- are fine

Garrison has not sued Barron, of course, because his statements are true -- as were my posts. Bill Baxley has every reason to know that, but he filed a groundless lawsuit against me anyway. So why, on earth would Joseph Siegelman -- running for the state's top law-enforcement office -- align himself with an integrity-challenged figure like Bill Baxley? Here is more from Jill Simpson:

So that brings me back to being clueless why Joseph would stand beside the guy that terrorized the Shuler family. Roger Shuler, without a doubt, is the most fearless reporter who told the whole story on how Don Siegelman was politically prosecuted. How that young man, Joseph Siegelman, could stand with Billy Baxley is beyond my comprehension.

I might add this: Please direct your questions to Don and Joseph, as I have no answer to this matter -- and well, frankly, have no intention of defending him of such behavior. I also might add that I was pretty harshly attacked as well for helping get friends from D.C. and Montgomery to help get Shuler. The very same bunch attacked me, and lost everything, so seeing this picture was kind of disgusting.

I am forever grateful to Andy Kreig, flying down to help Carol Shuler get Roger out -- and helping me when this bunch left me with nothing. But the Siegelmans did not come to my rescue. At the time all of Roger's stuff was happening, I heard from religious right Republicans that they were fearful Roger might get hurt if left in jail. I am grateful for their advice on getting him out, as they knew what Luther and Jessica and Rob and Liberty were capable of, as well.

That said, I am disappointed Joseph got his picture taken with Bill Baxley as I know how awful Bill Baxley treated the Shuler family -- by representing a corrupt bunch of Republicans against Roger, who lost everything defending Joseph's dad, as did I.

So you all know, I am not planning on voting in the primary; I will be voting in the fall. I have little interest in this slate of candidates. I don't really see any true progressives willing to kick the corrupt Alabama Gang out of our state. All we at this point have is folks snuggling with the Alabama Gang.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Isn't Bill Baxley's brain pickled by now?

Anonymous said...

Advice for Joseph Siegelman: Run as fast as you can, as far as you can, the next time someone suggests you have a picture taken with Bill Baxley.

Anonymous said...

I'm starting to think Joseph Siegelman isn't a serious candidate for AG. Don't know why he's going through the motions of running, then undercutting any effort he's making by posing with Bill Baxley.

Anonymous said...

Memo to Joseph Siegelman -- Bill Baxley defended Mike Hubbard, who stands convicted as a felon and one of the most corrupt politicians in Alabama history. You really want to have your arm around Baxley?

Anonymous said...

Don Siegelman can't tell friend from foe, and apparently neither can his son. Maybe that explains Don's problems. Maybe it explains Joseph's impending defeat in the Democratic primary.

Anonymous said...

Jill Simpson seems to be saying the Siegelmans are a bunch of ungrateful douches. Maybe she's right.

Anonymous said...

Fun game -- find where "Dollar Bill" is hiding his flask of Jack Daniels in this picture.

Chuckles said...

Hope there was a nearby industrial-strength shower for young Mr. Siegelman to jump into after this pic was taken.

Anonymous said...

Jill Simpson said Doug Jones would be a right-wing lapdog, supporting appointees like Mike Pompeo, and that has happened. I'd say she knows what she's talking about on this, too.

Anonymous said...

This is the key point from Ms. Jill, and it should cost Baxley his bar card:


"After all, everyone knows Bill Baxley covered for Luther with his Jessica deal, suing Roger for her, while he was in jail unable to defend himself. Former State Senator Lowell Barron months ago appeared on Marcus Echols' progressive radio show in Huntsville and told what he knew and why Luther dropped the charges on him like a hot potato out of fear of having to testify under oath about Luther's relationship with Jessica Garrison."

Anonymous said...

If progressives are complaining on your behalf to Jill Simpson about this photo, you must have quite a bit of support out there, LS. I'd say that's a good thing.

legalschnauzer said...

@9:22 --

It is a good thing, and I greatly appreciate it. Many progressives know I've been attacked by a gang of conservative criminal thugs, and they know Bill Baxley is one of those thugs.

Anonymous said...

No chance in hell Jessica Garrison ever will sue Lowell Barron.

Anonymous said...

I'm starting to think Joseph Siegelman isn't all that smart.

Anonymous said...

Dana Siegelman would be a better political candidate than either her father or brother.

Anonymous said...

Bill Baxley once was known for standing up for civil and human rights -- and now he files bogus lawsuits to suppress a free press.

What a fall from grace.

JCN said...

I think Joseph Siegelman is doing anything he can to avoid looking like he wants the office only to pursue justice for his father.

Anonymous said...

When is that judge ever going to rule on Joseph's FOIA case? She's been sitting on her ass for about a year on that. Gee, that's not fishy.

Anonymous said...

Lot's of hidden pieces to this very odd-looking puzzle. Time for an update from the deck of the Eliza Battle, don't you think?

legalschnauzer said...

@6:09 --

Absolutely. We are overdue for a report from the deck of the good ship EB. Hope one is coming soon.

Anonymous said...

Aboard the Eliza Battle Ms Chapelle was standing at the Taffrail with Captain Marshall enjoying the view of the setting sun. Ms Chapelle was pronouncing that she was relieved that the setting sun had stopped the skeet shooting aboard the Victoria, when a yellow feather landed on the Captain's shoulder. Ms Chapelle gently removed it and the Captain said,"The rare birds have been thrown under the bus." Ms Chapelle inquired as to why young Siegelman would ally with Baxley. The Captain replied that the elder Siegelman was an old warrior who knew not to show animosity to your enemies because in the next war they may be one of your allies. He added that the General was also a Mercenary . The Captain continued that Bob Yancey made an excellent choice by picking the General for the Recon Green Team and having him join the Eliza Battle Crew. The Captain added that the team was on a training mission to the Victoria to procure Minda's Crimson Tide earrings. Ms Chapelle gasped and said,"Captain! She only takes them off when she showers." Meanwhile aboard the Victoria, the General stealthy made his way to Minda's cabin."Don't Ever Leave Me Again" was playing on the stereo as the General grasped the earrings and turned for the door. From the shower someone was singing 99 bottles of beer on the wall. A chill ran down the General's spine and he froze in his tracks. When Minda exited the shower she roared that the BEAR had given her the earrings and leaped onto the General. The Crew of the Victoria hearing the commotion remarked that Minda's date was early. A knock at the door brought Minda to her senses. She told the General to stand at attention Because she was expecting the Judge. When Bill entered the cabin, she informed him that the General was a Marine sentry assigned to guard her. The next song on the album began to play: "Row,Row,Row"......"You used to call honey"........... The judge responded, Hey Theodor! Look out the port hole and see if we have a flat tire."....."Now you call me so-and-so" and the General screamed," 'Cause there ain't no wheeeeeeeels on this ship"

legalschnauzer said...

Welcome back, EB. We have missed ye.

Minda had a date with a judge named Bill?

Wow, the mind swirls.

Anonymous said...

Aboard the Eliza Battle the Crew was assembled for an awards ceremony. The Captain began;"During a mission on April 26,2018 while a crew member of the Eliza Battle, Pvt Jimmy showed exceptional bravery and ingenuity while upon the enemy warship Victoria. Upon seeing his teammate struck by a missile, Pvt Jimmy grabbed one of Coaches stinking wet tennis shoes and after he had turned the lights off inside Minda's cabin, Pvt Jimmy threw the shoe inside. Without regard for his own safety, Pvt Jimmy entered the cabin with his angle neck flashlight containing the yellow lens; and armed with only a pressure treated 2x4, he forced Minda to retreat with her missile launcher, thus saving the General. Well done Marine." The Captain continued,"As per the General's request that in leu of an award, I present the General; Patsy Cline's 1957 album containing the song " Ain't No Wheels on This Ship" ". After evening chow Ms Chapelle asked the Captain to augment his reason young Siegelman aligned with Baxley. The Captain replied that the stowaway that Ms Chapelle thought was Mike, was actually the elder Siegelman. Siegelman realizes that his and Mike's convictions were caused by the same confederates and has formed a secret alliance with the Eliza Battle. Ms Chapelle remarked that the General was not his friend and could not be trusted. The Captain replied,"Et Tu Brute". Ms Chapelle asked him to please explain. The Captain replied that Siegelman learned that in politics, Your friends will stab you in the back. Siegelman needs The General as a Liaison to Mike's plan and the young Siegelman will keep an eye on the elder's back. Bill Britt and Steve Flowers are reporting that the Canarys have been thrown overboard. This event assures that the Captain of the Victoria and his daughter have seats in the lifeboat. The HMS Victoria sank on June 22.