Article: Open Letter to Governor Don Siegelman (#24775-001)

Sharing a special relationship that I hope to continue when he’s out
by Brian R. Wright

Note: Democratic Governor (1998-2002) of the State of Alabama was selectively, maliciously, and (demonstrably) criminally prosecuted by the federal judiciary for an appointment of a major campaign contributor to a nonpaying position on a state board—no funds went to the governor personally. [If every political figure were prosecuted for a quid pro quo response to a campaign contribution, there would be no political figures. The miscarriage of justice occurred under auspices of Karl Rove and the US Justice Department running amok with spite of the widely popular Siegelman for impeding the Republican gang’s power plans for Sweet Home Alabama.]

Further, Siegelman received an outrageously harsh sentence of seven years in the Oakville, Louisiana, federal facility. He’s due out in February; supporters are asking Obama to issue the governor a full pardon; Siegelman’s ordeal has received mainstream media attention over the years, including coverage by 60 Minutes. A documentary movie is near to being funded as we speak, entitled Atticus and the Architect, that promises to be a bombshell. It may actually result in the prosecution and conviciton—for criminal conspiracy to deprive liberty—of the notorious Bush operative and dirty tricks sadist, Karl Rove… aka “The Architect.”

Please help with the final days of fundraising to produce this extraordinary film!

My own awareness of Governor Siegelman’s case emerged a few years ago, and my support of him stems from consideration of the fact that we are all in this corrupt system together and if such blatant injustices and high-level corruption can happen to a former governor they can sure happen (and do happen) to you and me. Plus, I am just drawn to stand up for a good man of such notoriety for humanitarian reasons. The toll on him and on his wonderful family is simply staggering. I have sent him notes where he has been caged, and I sent him a Christmas card. I have also donated small amounts on numerous occasions to his cause. Continue reading

Guest Column: Reduce Prison Sentences

How? Eric Holder urges Reduced Sentences to fix bloated Prison Populations.
by Don Siegelman
(Original Email)

the-us-prison-population-will-be-94-million-peopleDear Brian,

I profoundly dislike being in prison. But I have an advantage that most inmates don’t. I have power and influence enough to attract media attention to my case. I have a supportive circle of professionals, family and friends – all of you – who stand by me and cry in outrage against injustice! Continue reading

Guest Column: Thoughts from Prison, Awaiting my Appeal

by Don Siegelman
c/o Friends of Don Siegelman | 1827 1st Ave North, Birmingham, AL 35203

LA-Fed-PrisonI am waiting with great anticipation for my own appeal for a new trial, but today I would like to turn my attention to the plight of my fellow inmates. To those of you who have done so much to help me, I am asking you to give a hand to these other unfairly treated prisoners.

We recently got good news! The US Sentencing Commission just voted to reduce sentences for some low level, drug offenders! This is important progress, but I would like them to go farther. Fairness dictates that they apply the reductions retroactively as well. Continue reading

Guest Column: New Evidence in the Siegelman Case

SiegelmanOn 9.11.2012, with New Orleans in the background, Don said good-bye to his wife and children (daughter pictured) before entering prison in Louisiana. Don Siegelman is the former governor of Alabama who was railroaded by friends of the Rove-led justice department at the time… and whose unjust hounding, prosecution, and imprisonment is a living proof that any of us can be subjected to arbitrary federal power—not solely thru Homeland Security, the NSA, the CIA, the TSA, or (via the NDAA 2012) indefinite detention, torture, and murder without trial (and without notice) at the king’s pleasure (or any of the king’s men). Lend the good governor a hand if you possibly can. — ed. Continue reading

Guest Column: Free Don Siegelman, Selma, March 9

Give Some Thought to Helping Don Siegelman

Freedonselm2For some reason—actually, I’m very clear about what that reason is—I have a very sympathetic spot in my heart for Don Siegelman, former governor of Alabama, railroaded by the federal prosecutocracy during the Bush/Karl Rove era into prison for bestowing a routine not-for-personal-profit political favor. [Basically, Siegelman’s crime was being on a federal enemies list.] He’s sought release via the Obama justice department, but his appeals have fallen on deaf ears and hard hearts. Which is why I find the pro-Obama image on the sign right to be ironic. Help him out if you can. Remember, if former governors can be sentenced to hard time for political offenses, what do you think your fate will be?   Continue reading

Guest Column: Merry Christmas from Don Siegelman

MerryMy Dear Friends,

This has been my third Holiday Season in federal prison. If the Creator set a purpose for everything, then I know my job:

To fight for justice! Continue reading

Guest Column: Free Don Siegelman… Still

Mr. Obama: Please restore justice, pardon my dad!
by Dana Siegelman

Free DonThis column is a direct copy of Dana’s heartfelt appeal for her father—former governor of Alabama Don Siegelman—who is doing hard time for a (non) ‘crime’ that was maliciously and wrongfully prosecuted basically by evil ‘friends of Karl Rove.’ [One of the tragic ironies of our demented era that the vicious little mass-murdering turd blossom Rove remains at large, while a good man languishes behind bars.] Continue reading