Jailed Ex-Gov Wants Special Counsel

Siegelman seeks probe after '60 Minutes' report; Rove denies role
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 26, 2008 8:47 AM CST
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman arrives at the federal courthouse in Montgomery, Ala., with his wife, Lori, Thursday, June 28, 2007. Siegelman was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Lawyers for Jim Siegelman want an outside investigator to look into charges that GOP operatives railroaded the ex-governor of Alabama on bribery charges, reports the AP. "60 Minutes" reported Sunday that prosecutors met over 70 times with the aide that helped put Siegelman behind bars, and had him write out his evidence over and over again. Any notes from the aide should legally have been turned over to the defense.

On Fox News last night, Karl Rove denied charges made by a Republican lawyer on the show that he was behind efforts to kill Seigelman's bid to win back the governor's office. Rove said he'd never met Jill Simpson, the Alabama lawyer who said Rove asked her to dig up dirt on Siegelman, including evidence of an extramarital affair. The prosecutor who put Siegelman away for 7 years on corruption charges said the claims about the witness are "absolutely not true"; Siegelman's lawyer says he'll take the case right to AG Michael Mukasey.