The daughter of former Alabama governor Don Siegleman, Dana, is petitioning for President Barrack Obama to pardon her father.
113 current and former state Attorney Generals from across the U.S. signed a brief to the U.S. Congress and Supreme Court saying, “There is reason to believe that the case brought against Governor Siegelman may have had sufficient irregularities as to call into question the basic fairness that is the linchpin of our system of justice.”
Fred Gray, attorney to Rosa Parks, and Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, both close companions to the late Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., came to court to hold my mom’s hand the day of sentencing in 2007. They wrote letters to the Department of Justice, to Congress, and to the President to convey that Don Siegelman is the “target of the Bush Justice Department, which has now endangered the style of government we fought so hard for.”
However, this is not about Democrats versus Republicans, far from it. It is simply about what’s right and wrong, what is fair and what is not. As Thomas Jefferson said, “A prosecutor who alleges enough wrong doing will always get a conviction.”
This petition is much more than just one man’s freedom. It is about American freedom. If this can happen to my dad, as governor, it can happen to anyone. The law is so unclear, even the most nobelist among us may be targeted by bad-faith prosecutors and wrongly convicted.
Please join me in asking President Obama to pardon my dad and let this issue stand before Congress and the Supreme Court.
Al Gore appealed, “Don Siegelman isn’t just fighting for his freedom – he’s fighting for the integrity of our democracy… As Americans, we have a responsibility to protect our democracy from those who would take advantage of it and abuse their power.”
Please sign my petition asking President Obama to grant Don Siegelman clemency!
The Supreme Court has denied my dad’s appeal, and he has been re-sentenced to more than five years in prison. As Dad explained when the surprise verdict came in 2007; “This is dangerous to our democracy and it is wrong. If this ruling stands, rogue prosecutors or a rogue Justice Department can prosecute contributors and elected officials they simply do not like.”
At this point, my dad’s only hope is a commutation of sentence or pardon. Our hope for truth lies in holding our elected officials accountable. Our hope for justice is a great public outcry. Please join me in asking the President of the United States for clemency in my dad’s case by signing the petition on Change.org and sharing this message publicly however you can. By doing so we may one day clarify the law and keep our democracy and freedom intact.
Thank you so much for considering the facts and helping me free my dad!
With the greatest appreciation,