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Ala. U.S. Atty. Alice Martin Resigns Amid Criticism

U.S. Atty. Alice Martin/doj photo

U.S. Atty. Alice Martin/doj photo

By Brian Schott
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Atty. Alice Martin of Alabama, whose involvement in the prosecution of ex-Gov. Donald Siegelman has raised concerns of late, is resigning.

Martin, the U.S. Attorney for Northern Alabama, announced her decision Friday in a letter to Atty. Gen. Eric Holder, which was posted on the Department of Justice’s website. She cited the change in administration as the reason for her resignation.

Martin’s departure caps an eight-year career at the Department of Justice, where her office prosecuted several notable cases including terrorist bomber Eric Rudolph for four bombings, including the 1996 attack on Centennial Olympic Park. She also directed the prosecution of 15 HealthSouth employees involved in a $2.8 billion accounting scandal.

Recently Martin had come under fire for her involvement in the conviction of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who is serving seven years in federal prison for a bribery conviction.

Forty Four former state Attorneys General have called for an investigation into the conviction amid charges that the prosecution was politically motivated, and The American Lawyer reports that the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility is looking into whether Martin committed any misconduct in the case.

The Justice Dept. is also investigating Martin’s unsuccessful prosecution of a corporation charged with selling Blackhawk helicopter plans to China. The plans turned out to be publicly available on the Internet, according to The American Lawyer.

President Barack Obama has nominated Joyce Vance, chief of the appellate division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Northern Alabama, to replace Martin.

She has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate next week, The Birmingham News reports.

Pressure Mounting For Justice to Review Conviction of Ex-Ala. Gov. Siegelman

Could this case be named “Stevens II” after ex-Sen. Ted Stevens, whose conviction was erased because of government misconduct? Pressure continues to mount for the Justice Department to review the ex-governor’s conviction. Chances are there will be a review.

Ex-Gov. Don Siegelman

Ex-Gov. Don Siegelman

By JOHN SCHWARTZ and CHARLIE SAVAGE
New York Times
Less than a month
after the Justice Department asked a judge to drop the case against former Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska because of prosecutorial misconduct, 75 former state attorneys general from both parties have urged Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to conduct a similar investigation of the prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama, who was convicted nearly three years ago on bribery and corruption charges.

In a letter to Mr. Holder, the attorneys general said Mr. Siegelman’s defense lawyers had raised “gravely troublesome facts” about his prosecution that raise questions about the fairness and due process of the trial.

“We believe that if prosecutorial misconduct is found, as in the case of Senator Ted Stevens, then dismissal should follow in this case as well,” the group said in the letter, which was organized by Robert Abrams, a former attorney general of New York.

Lawyers for Mr. Siegelman, a Democrat, have long accused the Justice Department under President George W. Bush of conducting a politically motivated prosecution that they say was filled with irregularities, including a failure to turn over pertinent information to the defense team.

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