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13-11-15 Alabama Kangaroo Court Parades Liberal Commentator in Chains, Continues Indefinite Jailing

13-11-15 Alabama Kangaroo Court Parades Liberal Commentator in Chains, Continues Indefinite Jailing

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===13-11-30 Falsely imprisoned Alabama blogger Roger Shuler - so Richard Fine redux...===
First orange jumpsuit interview with a jailed, white-haired, anti-judicial corruption whistleblower. We have seen this movie before; it's like Richard Fine redux... In Richard Fine's case the unauthenticated, uncertified, sham "Report and Recommendation" (2009) by Magistrate Carla Woehrle cited the older Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 [AEPDA], Shuler's sham habeas corpus judgment may be the first to cite NDAA.
===13-11-30 Falsely imprisoned Alabama blogger Roger Shuler - so Richard Fine redux...===
First orange jumpsuit interview with a jailed, white-haired, anti-judicial corruption whistleblower. We have seen this movie before; it's like Richard Fine redux... In Richard Fine's case the unauthenticated, uncertified, sham "Report and Recommendation" (2009) by Magistrate Carla Woehrle cited the older Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 [AEPDA], Shuler's sham habeas corpus judgment may be the first to cite NDAA.

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11/30/13 Alabama Kangaroo Court Parades Liberal Commentator in Chains, Continues Indefinite Jailingwww.justice-integrity.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=588%3Aalabama-kangaroo-court-parades-liberal-commentator-in-chains-conti… 1/10
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 Alabama Kangaroo Court Parades Liberal Commentator in Chains, Continues Indefinite JailingWritten by Andrew KreigPublished on November 15, 2013 Alabama authorities paraded a shackled liberal pundit into court to denounce him Nov. 14 for recent news coverageabout his jailing. Then defendant Roger Shuler was forced to defend his writing while bound and without a lawyer.Shuler is a 56-year-old commentator jailed on contempt of court charges Oct. 23 arising out of a libel suit. Hepublished columns alleging a sex scandal involving Robert Riley, Jr., a wealthy, politically powerful GOP attorneywhose father served two terms as Alabama's governor.Nov. 19 Update: Shuler, who writes under the name Legal Schnauzer, remained jailed indefinitely without bond. Hiswife provided two mind-boggling accounts of his hearing, most notably in Nov. 14 Court Hearing in Legal Schnauzer First Amendment Case Results in "Final Order." In it, she relates that the judge has decided the libel case with essentially no input from the defendant and has vowed to keep him in jail forever unless he arranges destruction of what the judge determined were false news reports. More details are below.Shuler reports on Deep South legal affairs via his Legal Schnauzer blog, whose columns are sometimes widelyrepublished on other progressive sites.He often breaks stories about ordinary litigants unfairly treated in the courts. Also, he writes about financial corruptioninvolving taxpayer dollars, illicit sex among conspirators and their minions, and cover-ups that are intended to upholdthe family values image regarded as especially necessary for election success in his region.Shuler's most frequent targets are Republicans in the legal and political system. But he has repeatedly pilloried atleast two of his state's major Democrats. One was former Congressman and gubernatorial nominee Artur Davis. Another was former U.S. Attorney Douglas Jones, who was co-counsel with Riley in leading a class action that won a$700 million fraud judgment. Circuit Judge Claud (sic) Neilson, shown at left in a file photo,presided this week in the sealed case against Shuler.The handcuffed Shuler, right, was shackled at the ankle and waist.News coverage before the hearing by the local CBS televisionaffiliate and elsewhere angered other participants, according to the defendant’s wife,Carol Shuler."They gave him grief over coverage," she told me during a phone interview. "But what do they expect him to do? He'sbeen in jail without bond. The TV station initiated the coverage."She said she did not know whether it was the judge or plaintiff lawyers -- or all of them -- who denounced her husbandbecause of the news coverage. Her understanding is that her husband remained tightly shackled throughout the
 
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hearingShe said her information was from brief phone calls from her husband, who remains jailed and without a lawyer, andfrom a friend who was able to attend the hearing. Court personnel barred others who tried to observe, she said.That illustrates the extraordinary level of secrecy pervading the case, which the judge has ordered sealed. Shuler toldhis wife that he was beaten and MACED by four deputies during the October arrest in the family garage. Neilson is aretired judge who was recruited from Demopolis, a third of the way across the state, to deliver his brand of justice tothe litigants. According to her account:Neilson threatened to have her arrested even though her husband said he was the one who had written disputednews reports and his wife had no ability to spike them."That's your problem," the judge reputedly told Shuler when Shuler said that he had no ability from a jail cell to removehis investigative reports even if he wanted to do so. The judge said he plans to hold Shuler in jail indefinitely andwants Carol Shuler arrested also on a contempt of court charge. Roger Shuler said his wife has never written for thesite until receiving a few emergency lessons via phone in order to write short news updates about the case."This judge is saying I can't even write about my husband?" Carol Shuler told me in wonderment Nov. 15. "What kindof judge is this? And why did they have to go across the state to get him? They could have gotten a judge from righthere."Carol Shuler, right, has cowered at home since her husband's arrest in fear that she will be arrested onthe same contempt charge stemming from the libel suit, thereby ending the couple’s access to theworld.The Alabama political establishment has reacted harshly to Roger Shuler's publication of columns alleging a sex scandal involving Robert Riley Jr., the son of a two-term GOP former governor Bob Riley (2003-2011), left.Former Gov. Don Siegelman (1999-2003) was Alabama's leading Democrat until the Riley politicalmachine helped imprison him on dubious corruption charges. Riley went to the governor's mansion in2003 when 3,000 electronic votes switched sides in Baldwin County after polls closed on Election Day in 2002with astatewide announcement that Siegelman had won re-election. His daughter Dana told a National Press Club audiencethat authorities threatened her father even as governor in 2002 that he would never win a recount and would bearrested if he tried to dispute the vote count.My forthcoming book, Presidential Puppetry, describes how the votes were stolen. Siegelman is now imprisoned inLouisiana as part of a long-term pattern by Alabama judges to keep political targets away from family, supporters andthe media, according to multiple defendants. The former governor sent me a column from his prison last week urgingsupport for Shuler.The column is excerpted below with a hot link. Siegelman praised Shuler as being one of the few Alabama journalistswith the courage to fight political corruption led in recent years by the younger Riley in alliance with court officials andKarl Rove. As reported by Shuler, here and elsewhere, Rove and his allies helped transform Alabama's electedudiciary from overwhelmingly Democratic in the 1990s to Republican currently. Rove is shown below left on thecover of his 2010 memoir. In the book, Rove denied any wrongdoing in Alabama or elsewhere regarding use of thecourts for political purposes. He specifically denied misconduct in the 2006 political purge of those U.S. attorneyswho would not prosecute Democrats on dubious grounds.In the 1990s, Rove was a consultant for Alabama Republicans along with William Canary, who later became head theBusiness Council of Alabama and campaign manager for Bob Riley. Canary's wife, Alabama U.S. Attorney Leura
 
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Canary led the Montgomery-based office that convicted Siegelman in his second trial before a federal judge whocontrolled a company receiving $300 million in federal contracts from the Bush administration.The Obama administration continued the Bush appointee Leura Canary, right, in office well into thespring of 2010. The Obama administration's actions in maintaining dubious Bush-era prosecutions andpersonnel have long puzzled political observers.To report on such matters ignored by Alabama's Republican-oriented mainstream pressand broadcasters, Shuler started his blog in his spare time in 2007 while working at theUniversity of Alabama communications office.Based on sources this year, Shuler wrote that the younger Riley had an affair with lobbyist Liberty Duke.Riley and Duke denied the claims, and sued Shuler for libel in July, 2013. The judge took the plaintiffs'side early in the case by ruling in a one-sided hearing that the articles were false. Shuler did not appear at the hearingor present evidenceNeilson ordered Shuler to remove the articles from public view. The judge included Carol Shuler in the commandeven though the Shulers say she learned how to post items on Roger’s site, Legal Schnauzer, only after his jailing. The case illustrates Alabama's return to a former era of police state tactics enforced by one-party rule and virtuallyignored by the national media.In the days of segregation, the dominant Democratic Party backed by such entities at White Citizens Councils and theKu Klux Klan, used strong-arm police powers to enforce segregation and prevent blacks from voting. The Rev. MartinLuther King Jr., a minister in the state capitol of Montgomery, led campaigns of peaceful protest often disrupted bypolice and other white violence. In the 1964 case New York Times v. Sullivan, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that an Alabama policecommissioner could not collect a $500,000 damage judgment because of relatively minor errors in a newspaper adrun by civil rights proponents. The judgment led to dismissal of nearly $300 million in similar inflated damage awardsacross the Deep South against media organizations. The decision thus established the current standard for reportingabout public figures, thereby enabling national coverage of the civil rights movement and modern reporting on publicfigures on all topics. Alabama courts appear to be disregarding that precedent, among others, by taking a plaintiff’s side so early in a libelcase. The order forbidding publication (known as “prior restraint”) and the secret court violate other traditions longestablished in Alabama and elsewhere. Shelby County, shown on the map at left, is a generally prosperouswhite suburb just to the south of Birmingham. Its courthouse is at right ina photo by Roger Shuler.During the 1960s struggles to overcome segregation, BirminghamPolice Commissioner
Eugene “Bull” Connor 
, below left, unleasheddogs on peaceful protesters who included children. The race hatredsled to the bombing of a black church that killed four children, and ultimately passage of federal civilrights laws by Congress and Supreme Court protections for the media and the public’s right to know.Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore brought Neilson out of retirement in order to provide justice as a specialudge sitting on the Riley-Duke lawsuit against the Shulers. Moore is the Alabama jurist who defied the U.S. SupremeCourt in order to install the Ten Commandments on courthouse property in 2003.Neilson is well-known in Alabama for his surprise verdict in dismissing corruption charges against former CircuitJudge Herman Thomas, who had been accused of spanking prisoners under his control and demanding homosexual

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