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Wayne Madsen Riley Injunction

Wayne Madsen Riley Injunction

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Published by Roger Shuler
Article by investigative journalist Wayne Madsen about efforts by Alabama Republican Rob Riley to seek unlawful preliminary injunction and possible contempt finding against Legal Schnauzer blog and journalist Roger Shuler.
Article by investigative journalist Wayne Madsen about efforts by Alabama Republican Rob Riley to seek unlawful preliminary injunction and possible contempt finding against Legal Schnauzer blog and journalist Roger Shuler.

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Published by: Roger Shuler on Oct 17, 2013
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RILEY INJUNCTIONOctober 16-17, 2013 -- Third World-style infringement on the press inAlabama
WMR has been reporting on political and judicial malfeasance in Alabama for anumber of years. Overall, Alabama Republican politicians and judges evokememories of Al Capp's Jubilation T. Cornpone
 , Hee Haw's
Junior Samples
 , and Green Acres's
Eustace Charleston Haney, otherwise known as "Mr. Haney."Bumbling, goofball, ignorant, and corrupt vestiges of a bygone plantation-era Southdon't even come close to describing what passes for judges and political leaders inthe state that refers to itself as the "Heart of Dixie."Roger Shuler, a veteran journalist with 13 years with the
Birmingham News
and agraduate of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism, one of America's top journalism education institutions, now knows what it's like to be a journalist in aThird World country like Sierra Leone or Honduras.After writing a series of articles on his website Legal Schnauzer,Shuler has been hit
with a "nuisance subpoena" by prospective GOP U.S. House candidate Rob Riley,the son of Alabama's former Governor Bob Riley, the man whose political chicaneryand vote count rigging cost Democratic Governor Don Siegelman his job in the2002 election and paved the way for Bob Riley to move into the Governor's Mansionin Montgomery for two terms. The younger Riley is planning to run for the seat of retiring Representative Spencer Bachus and is launching his bid by silencing Shuler,one of Alabama's most outspoken muckraking journalists bird dogging to Rileys andtheir nepotistic and kleptocratic political corruption.Shuler has also gone after U.S. Judge Bill Pryor, a former Alabama AttorneyGeneral who is now a member of the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals whorefused to recuse himself in the appeal of Siegelman who was sentenced to six anda half years in federal prison on trumped up charges brought by a cabal of KarlRove GOP politicos in the U.S. Attorneys' Offices in Montgomery and Birmingham ina trial presided over by U.S. Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, Mark Fuller.Shuler doggedly pursued sex scandal stories involving Fuller, Pryor, and currentAlabama Attorney General Luther Strange, all Republican "family values"politicians.Shuler's latest story concerns nude photographs of Pryor published by a gay pornwebsite specializing in erotica featuring young males. So what's the problem if Pryor was of legal age at the time the photos were taken? Shuler nails it in onesentence: "In 2005, Pryor wrote a brief to the Supreme Court on behalf of theTexas anti-sodomy law where he argued that decriminalized gay sex would lead tolegalized necrophilia, bestiality and child pornography." Well now. I guess theEleventh Circuit should ensure that Pryor keeps his distance from funeral homes,barns, and day care centers.
Rob Riley convinced Alabama Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore, of TenCommandments-in-the-courtroom infamy, to appoint retired Alabama state judge,Claud Neilson, to act as a special judge to handle a lawsuit brought by Rob Rileyagainst Shuler and his wife. Neilson is the man who, in 2009, dismissed remainingdeadlocked counts after a jury voted not guilty on the majority of sexual abuse,sodomy, and assault charges brought against Mobile Circuit Court Judge HermanThomas.After Riley Junior submitted a motion for all matters in his suit againstShuler be sealed, Neilson agreed. 
Only in Alabama could a journalist be enjoined by a judge not to write about acandidate for public office. This action by Neilson is a flagrant violation of the FirstAmendment of the U.S. Constitution. Alabama remains subject to the U.S. Bill of Rights, regardless of what the Tea Party and its ZZ Top- and Charlie Daniels-looking truckers and motorcyclists may believe.
Reporting on Alabama politicians is like taking a walk down nostalgia lane behind the "Kudzu Curtain" 
 The actions by Neilson raises the issue now being debated in Washington aboutmedia shield laws for journalists. A number of entrenched politicians, includingRepublican Senator John Cornyn of Texas and Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California, do not believe independent journalists with websites, blogs, ornewsletters should be considered journalists under a federal shield law that wouldprotect only corporate journalists from having to testify before juries and grand juries about their sources.It is noteworthy that Judge Thomas was accused of spanking male prisoners andpromising lenient treatment in return for sexual favors. While such conduct seemslike appalling behavior in the rest of the United States, it doesn't take the Wizard of Oz to convince Dorothy or anyone else that Alabama is not Kansas or anywhereelse.As a result of the conspiracy by Rob Riley, Neilson, and Moore to impose prior
restraint on the press, Shuler's October 8, 2013 article, titled, “
," has been taken down.WMR has written extensively about Alabama corruption involving Fuller, the Rileys,

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