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
, 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
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.