Black Christmas, Come Early for Mr. Rove

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December 9th Christmas?
by Don Siegelman
First, Happy Thanksgiving! I can't tell you how thrilled I am with the elections. Just knowing that this is George Bush's last Thanksgiving in the White House is reason enough for me to get on my knees and give thanks.

However, I will also be giving thanks for you, your friendship, and all the hard work you have done that helped to put a national spotlight on the prosecutorial abuses and Karl Rove's involvement in my case. Now we're at a critical stage.
 
On December 9th, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear my appeal -- which could potentially throw out the false charges against me for good. But I need to raise an additional $30,000 to cover the remaining court costs and clear my name. Please donate to my Legal Defense Fund today -- before my December 9th appeal hearing -- and help me keep up the fight for justice!
 

While I am sure you know the story, the American Trial Lawyer Magazine points out I was pursued by the Department of Justice under the direction of Karl Rove to become America's "Political Prisoner #1."

The New York Times said that I was convicted of something that has never been considered a crime in America. Time Magazine exposed how selective prosecution was used in my case and CBS's 60 Minutes exposed how the government knowingly extorted false testimony to secure a conviction.

My sentence was enhanced for speaking out against the political nature of the prosecution. Handcuffed and shackled, I was immediately removed from the courtroom and taken to a maximum-security prison where I was put into solitary confinement.

Nine months later, I was released by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals saying there are "substantial questions of law and fact likely to result in reversal." 54 former state Attorneys General filed an Amicus Brief basically saying that there was no crime.

I am now engaged in two important fights: One for my own freedom and the other to see that Karl Rove is brought to justice.

I need your financial help to keep these fights going -- especially as my appeal is heard on December 9th.

Please donate to my Legal Defense Fund today -- and help me keep up the fight for justice!

The writing on the wall is clear.

Earlier this month, Time Magazine revealed that the Department of Justice has been involved in a cover-up of unethical (and possible criminal) activity within the Department and the U.S. Attorney's office. This week's New York Times story reveals further prosecutorial misconduct.

The government has reportedly spent over 40 million dollars to prosecute me. My family has pulled virtually everything out of our savings to fight these false charges.

I know times are tight and I can't tell you how much I hate asking, but I hope you will give as generously as possible. My Legal Defense Fund can take donations of corporate, PAC, foundation, or personal money of any size.

Please donate today -- and help me set a legal precedent that politically motivated prosecution has no place in the American legal system.

The fight for justice doesn't stop at the courthouse.

While I am fighting for my own freedom, the U.S. Congress must also be encouraged to hold Karl Rove in contempt to uncover the truth! Please log on now to www.ContemptForRove.com to send another message to Congress.

We must win these fights to unravel the injustices that have been perpetrated against our democracy.

With your help, Karl Rove and his accomplices will be held accountable for their abuse of power -- and I can clear my name for good.

Please donate today.

Thank you,



Don Siegelman
Governor of Alabama
1999-2003

P.S. I hope you will contribute online today and help me prepare for my appeal hearing on December 9th. Or, if you'd prefer, you may also mail your contribution to: Don Siegelman Legal Defense Fund, 3963 River View Drive, Birmingham, AL 35243. Thank you so much for your support!  
 

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