July 2, 2006

HAD ENOUGH? (via Raoul Ortega):

Siegelman, Scrushy found guilty; Hamrick, Roberts acquitted
(Eddie Curran, Bill Barrow and Sallie Owen, AL.com)

A federal jury has found former Gov. Don Siegelman guilty of seven of the 32 remaining criminal charges against him, and the panel found guilty on all counts the trial's other high-profile defendant, former HealthSouth Corp. Chairman Richard Scrushy. [...]

The jurors wound up convicting Siegelman of bribery, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and mail fraud. Most of those charges were related to Scrushy and the state Certificate of Need Review Board, a panel that regulates hospital expansions. One charge related to a check written to an aide purportedly to cover partial costs of a motorcycle.

No matter how deep the press buries his party affiliation it can't help Democrats who want to run on the meme of corruption.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 2, 2006 10:39 AM

I came across that little bit of news after following, it seems, about four different weblog links, one being a comparison of the case to Jim Guy Tucker of Arkansas. My first reaction was, considering how well the GOP has been doing in the South the past few decades, why wan't this news? Why hadn't I heard anything about it anywhere before this? Of course, I knew why, so then it was amy usual exercise to see if I could find the word "Democrat" or "Republican", and where in the article.

I know some of us compain about "press bias" too much, and probably it's because we're remembering a golden age that never was, but this is a perfect counterpoint to the stuff people like Bill Keller at The Al-Qaeda Times is telling us about how the public must be fully informed. Huh? Who elected those guys to their shadow government and let them set the "fully informed" standards, anyhow?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 2, 2006 12:17 PM

Raoul, I know what you mean. In order to find the party designation of some creep who was indicted, I had to search harder than would be necessary to learn how to make an atom bomb. Even his website didnít mention that he was a Democrat. I finally smartened up and went to an official .gov website which lists all the congress critters.

Posted by: erp at July 2, 2006 4:54 PM