Sixty Minutes has the goods on the Siegelman case.

Yes, Don Siegelman was railroaded into prison on trumped-up charges for political reasons.

Yes, the prosecutors broke lots of rules in the process.

The key witness in the case testified that Siegelman walked out of a meeting with his alleged bribor Scrushy with a six-figure check in his hand. Just one small problem: the check, which the proseuctors had, was dated several days after the meeting.

Yes, both U.S. Attorneys for Alabama and Karl Rove were part of the plot.

And yes, Democrats who voted to confirm Mukasey without even getting a promise for a speedy investigation of the case were played for suckers. The notion that DoJ should let an innocent man rot in prison while the appeals process works its slow way through the case was, and is, absurd. Justice delayed is justice denied.

This would be a good time to issue subpoenas for everyone mentioned in the CBS story and get them under oath before one of the Judiciary committees.

Fortunately, the statute of limitations on the crimes committed in the course of prosecuting this case &#8212 in particular, obstruction of justice &#8212 will not have run when the next President takes office. We may yet see Karl Rove behind bars.

Footnote And that’s one (more) good reason why John Edwards would be an appallingly bad choice for Attorney General. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of Republicans to be tried for crimes committed in connection with politics. We need an AG who looks like a prosecutor, not a partisan.

Second footnote No one in Northern Alabama got to see this on television, because the Bass family &#8212 friends of the Bushes &#8212 own the local CBS affiliate and refused to run it.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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  1. Yes, Don Siegelman was Railroaded into Prison on Trumped-Up Charges for Politcal Reasons.

    This is an important harrowing Alabama story with national repercussions, i.e. Karl Rove's sleazy fingerprints. I can't do any better than lift Mark Kleiman's column, based in part on Scott Horton analysis and the CBS '60 Minutes' piece aired last…

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