Only in Alabama can one find a gymnastic juror who turns "flips" to amuse her fellow jury members and a juror whose concentration seems to be more on a romantic interest in an FBI Special Agent seated at the Prosecution team's table than in the evidence being presented in the case. Only in Alabama do Federal Marshals serve as Cupid's errand boys, passing notes between the juror to a legal aide on the prosecution team to determine if the FBI Agent is available and perhaps interested in pursuing a romantic liaison. Only in Alabama can these kinds of soap-opera shenanigans during a trial be kept from the Defense Attorneys while being an open secret among members of the Prosecution's team.
What is it going to take for Alabamians as a whole to wake up to what has been happening here in Sweet Home Alabama thanks to Republican Party Operatives like Karl Rove and the Bush's appointed, politically motivated, U. S. Attorneys? Perhaps it is going to take the embarrassment of seeing the exploits of a juror in Alabama, with the nickname of "Flipper," being plastered all over the pages of TIME Magazine for the whole world to see. Perhaps it's going to take 52 former and sitting Attorney Generals throughout the United States yelling, "Foul" over the acts of injustice done to our former Governor, Don Siegelman by a tainted jury, a supposedly recused U. S. Attorney, who in fact did not recuse herself at all, and a Judge whose rulings kept vital evidence from the Attorneys defending Don Siegelman. Perhaps what it is really going to take is the outrage of ordinary Alabama citizens like you and me screaming our collective heads off to our new President Elect, Members of Congress, Editors of our local papers, our local TV News Reporters and anyone else we can get to hear our cry that we abhor the Republican/Rovarian kind of Injustice that has been dished out to our former Governor, Don Siegelman. Today is not too soon to start doing just that.
In a telephone interview yesterday with Zachary Roth of TPMuckrakers, Governor Siegelman had this to say:
"Whoever is the new Attorney General has to be strong enough to weed out the Karl Rove clones who have been embedded in the US Attorneys' offices throughout the United States. If not, it is going to eat at our system for years to come. If I've been put through this for a reason, it's to expose the fact that this is not an isolated incident. I am prayerful that Congress will dig in and demand the truth. These folks have got to be weeded out."
It is time for us to pick up those hoes of truth and justice we might have temporarily laid down during the heat of the Presidential Campaign and start again to chop out those destructive weeds that are still sapping the life out of the fruits of Justice here in Alabama and in other States as well.