This 60 Minutes story is bone chilling. Karl Rove and the White House succeeded in convicting an innocent former Democratic Governor, Don Siegelman. Why? Because he was running for reelection. The allegations of injustice committed against an innocent man are not alleged by Democrats but Republicans directly involved in the case. This could be the worst case of abuse of power by an administration that has specialized in it. This kind of behavior is found in dictatorships (Read the entire transcript):
Is Don Siegelman in prison because he’s a criminal or because he belonged to the wrong political party in Alabama? Siegelman is the former governor of Alabama, and he was the most successful Democrat in that Republican state. But while he was governor, the U.S. Justice Department launched multiple investigations that went on year after year until, finally, a jury convicted Siegelman of bribery.
Now, many Democrats and Republicans have become suspicious of the Justice Department’s motivations. As correspondent Scott Pelley reports, 52 former state attorneys-general have asked Congress to investigate whether the prosecution of Siegelman was pursued not because of a crime but because of politics.