Cast of Characters

SIEGELMAN ADMINISTRATION
Don Siegelman, governor, 1999-2003
Nick Bailey, Siegelman’s driver, held many titles, including “confidential assistant to governor,” until November 2001 resignation
Paul Hamrick, chief of staff , until July 2001; best friend of G.H. Construction owner Lanny Young
Ted Hosp, legal counsel
Henry Mabry, finance director, known as, “Dr. No”
Carrie Kurlander, director of press office
Rip Andrews, press office and campaign spokesman
Mack Roberts, highway director until July 2001
Jim Buckalew, chief of staff , starting July 2001


G.H. CONSTRUCTION/WASTE MANAGEMENT
G.H. “Goat Hill” Construction, company formed in 2001 and picked to oversee construction of two state warehouses
Clayton L. “Lanny” Young, landfill developer and lobbyist for Waste Management; secret owner of G.H. Construction
Bryan Broderick, straw man owner of G.H. Construction
Bill Blount, investment banker on G.H. project
Fred Simpler, lawyer for Blount on G.H. project
Curtis Kirsch, architect for one of the warehouses
Roland Vaughan, president of Sherlock, Smith & Adams, the engineering firm hired to oversee the project
Andrew Nolin, Vaughan’s partner in warehouse land sale
Claire Austin, Young’s lobbying partner; initial source on G.H. stories
Ellis Brazeal, lawyer for Young and Waste Management; Hamrick’s brother-in-law
Susan Kennedy, Revenue Department lawyer, backed tax cut at Emelle
Susan Copeland and Doyle Fuller, Montgomery lawyers who sued Young
and Waste Management
Phillip Jordan, probate judge of Cherokee County
Charles Campagna, Waste Management official, worked on Young deals in
Alabama


THE ALABAMA EDUCATION LOTTERY FOUNDATION
The Lottery Foundation, non-profit set up by Siegelman to fund campaign for passage of October 1999 lottery referendum
Richard Scrushy, chairman, HealthSouth Corp., found guilty of his role in arranging $500,000 in secret donations to foundation in return for appointment
by Siegelman to infl uential state board
Mike Martin, top Scrushy assistant at HealthSouth; played role in arranging
fi rst $250,000 contribution
Bill McGahan, New York-based investment banker for UBS; told he would be fired as HealthSouth banker if UBS didn’t come up with $250,000 for
foundation
Integrated Health Services, Maryland nursing home company; source of first $250,000 check given by Scrushy to Siegelman
Eric Hanson, HealthSouth lobbyist, helped broker deal for Integrated Health to make payment instead of UBS
Darren Cline, fund-raising consultant for lottery foundation
Jack Miller, Siegelman ally, Democratic Party chairman during lottery
referendum
Richard Dorman, Mobile lawyer, Siegelman-appointed head of the foundation
Redding Pitt, Democratic Party chairman when the party belatedly reported secret $700,000-plus loan to foundation


THE LEGAL FEES STORIES
Cherry, Givens, Mobile-Dothan law fi rm where Siegelman had served as ‘of
counsel,’ and which paid him an estimated $800,000 in 2000 and 2001
Chris Peters, partner in Cherry Givens; involved in secret December 1999
state settlement with University of South Alabama that was to result in $2.8
million going to Cherry, Givens
Jack Drake, Siegelman friend; Ethics Commission member; received legal
fees from South Alabama tobacco settlement
Bobby Segall, Siegelman’s long-time personal lawyer; defended him against
ethics charges; had role in tobacco litigation
Gordon Moulton, University of South Alabama president at time of secret
settlement of 1997 tobacco lawsuit
Jim Zeigler, Mobile lawyer/political gadfl y; brought ethics charge against
Siegelman relating to Cherry Givens payments
Jim Sumner, director, Alabama Ethics Commissioner


EXTRAS
Keith “Tack” Mims, Alabama roadbuilder whose company shared in $36
million no-bid contract to prepare land for new Honda plant
Lanny Vines, Birmingham trial lawyer, secret purchaser of Siegelman’s
Montgomery home for twice its value
Wray Pearce, Vines’ Birmingham accountant; served as straw-buyer for Vines
on purchase of Siegelman’s home
Trava Williams, stockbroker for Siegelman, Nick Bailey and others; hired by
Sterne Agee & Leach to win investment contracts with state.
Anthony Fant, Birmingham businessman; partner of Williams’ in AFS
Equities; Siegelman friend and supporter; played lead role in apparent insider
trading scheme from which Siegelman sought to benefi t
Dr. Phillip Bobo, Tuscaloosa physician whose company was given multimillion
dollar Medicaid contracts by administration, later rescinded because of
alleged bribery scheme
Stan Pate, wealthy Tuscaloosa developer; known for antipathy to Bob Riley
and support of Siegelman; Nick Bailey’s employer since early 2002
Jim Lane, Montgomery businessman, owner of Group One, company paid
more than $760,000 to build and manage web-site for state agency ADECA
Joe Perkins, founder of Matrix Group, a Montgomery lobbying and political
consulting fi rm known for hardball tactics
Jim Allen, toll bridge developer, former employer of Mack Roberts; testifi ed
to being shaken down for contribution by Siegelman; sold highway striping
product RainLine to state
Mac Macarto, inventor of RainLine; testifi ed to being shaken down for
contribution by Siegelman


THE MEDIA
Paul Cloos, Mobile Register, edited most of the Siegelman stories
Mike Marshall, Editor, Mobile Register
Dewey English, Managing Editor, Mobile Register
Howard Bronson, Publisher, Mobile Register
Jeb Schrenk, Register reporter, now editor; assigned stories on the
administration’s accusations against the author
Brett Blackledge, Birmingham News reporter, won Pulitzer for coverage of
state’s two-year college scandals
Kim Chandler, Birmingham News reporter, teamed with Blackledge on
Siegelman investigative stories
Robin DeMonia, editorial writer, Birmingham News, likely author of the
paper’s editorials on Siegelman scandals, and later, the accusations that Karl Rove
directed Siegelman’s prosecution
Phil Rawls, legendary Associated Press reporter
Bob Johnson, covered trial for Associated Press
Dana Beyerle, reporter for Alabama papers owned by New York Times
Eileen Jones, reporter for WSFA in Montgomery, covered Siegelman trial
Helen Hammonds, blogged trial for WSFA; dubbed, “Th e Blogger Lady”
Kyle Whitmire, covered trial for Birmingham Weekly
Laurence Viele Davidson, covered trial for Bloomberg News
Scott Horton, online-columnist and contributing editor, Harper’s magazine;
did as much as anyone to promote Jill Simpson’s story that Rove was behind
Siegelman prosecution
Adam Nossiter, wrote many of the New York Times’ stories on Siegelman
Adam Zagorin, covered Siegelman case, post-Jill Simpson, for Time magazine
Bob Martin, publisher of weekly Montgomery Independent, which republished
many of Horton’s columns; rabid backer of dog track owner Milton McGregor
Scott Pelley, “60 Minutes” correspondent, reported February 2008 piece on
Jill Simpson and Siegelman
Andrew Rosenthal, editorial page editor, New York Times
Adam Cohen, assistant editor for Times editorial department; penned strident
pro-Siegelman op-eds and probably authored the paper’s editorials arguing that
Siegelman was a victim of selective prosecution; a former lawyer for Southern
Poverty Law Center in Montgomery
Dan Abrams, host of MSNBC news program, among most fervent backers
in national media of Siegelman’s claims against Karl Rove
Roger Schuler, Birmingham conspiracy theorist and Horton acolyte who
runs blog called, “Legal Schnauzer”


STATE POLITICAL FIGURES
Fob James, Republican governor, 1995-1999; lost to Siegelman in 1998
governor’s race
Steve Windom, Republican Lt. Gov. 1999-2003; lost to Bob Riley in 2002
Republican primary for governor
Bob Riley, Republican governor, 2003 to present (or January 2010); defeated
Siegelman in 2002; one of many blamed by Siegelman for his prosecution
Roger Bedford, scandal-plagued state senator, Siegelman ally
Lucy Baxley, Lt. Gov. 2003-2007, defeated Siegelman in June 2006
Democratic primary for governor
PROSECUTION
Bill Pryor, Alabama Attorney General when investigation began
Louis Franklin, Assistant U.S. Attorney, lead prosecutor in Siegelman case
Steve Feaga, Assistant U.S. Attorney, co-lead prosecutor
J.B. Perrine, Assistant U.S. Attorney, wrote many of government’s trial briefs
Richard Pilger, with Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section
Joseph Fitzpatrick, assistant attorney general, member of trial team
Jennifer Garrett, assistant attorney general, member of trial team
Debbie Shaw, administrative assistant to Louis Franklin
Keith Baker, FBI
Jim Murray, FBI
Bill Long, investigator, Attorney General’s Offi ce
Jack Brennan, investigator, Attorney General’s Offi ce
Noel Hillman, head of Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section, which
oversees and participates in many public corruption cases, including Siegelman’s;
accused by Siegelman, Scott Horton and others of directing Siegelman prosecution
under orders from Karl Rove
Leura Canary, U.S. Attorney for Alabama’s Middle District, based in
Montgomery; accused by Siegelman of helping orchestrate his prosecution for
political reasons
Alice Martin, U. S. Attorney for Alabama’s Northern District, based in
Birmingham; like Canary, accused of being part of the political eff ort to ruin
Siegelman
Eric Holder, U.S. Attorney General, appointed by President Obama in
January 1999; continues to be focal point of lobbying eff orts by Siegelman and
his backers trying to get him to dismiss the case against Siegelman and Scrushy

DEFENSE LAWYERS
For Siegelman: Vince Kilborn, David McDonald, Buzz Jordan, Redding Pitt
and Notre Dame law professor Robert Blakey
For Scrushy: Art Leach, Terry Butts, Fred Gray and Fred Helmsing
For Mack Roberts: Bill Baxley, David McKnight, Josh Briskman
For Paul Hamrick, Jeff Deen and Michel Nicrosi
David Cromwell Johnson, famously bombastic Birmingham lawyer,
represented Siegelman from early 2002 until his death in 2003
Doug Jones, Birmingham lawyer, represented Siegelman after Johnson’s
death and until being replaced by Kilborn in early 2006


JUDGES/JURORS, ETC.
Mark Fuller, Siegelman trial judge; target of defendants after trial
Sam Hendrix, jury foreman; target of defendants after trial
Katie Langer, juror; target of defendants after trial
Charlie Stanford, known as Juror 5; was roused from house to give two
affi davits critical of judge and fellow jurors, and which were drafted by Birmingham
pastor Charles Winston and his wife, Debra Winston
Charles Winston, Birmingham pastor with connections to Scrushy who did
Stanford’s fi rst affi davit
Debra Winston, did Stanford’s second affi davit and faxed it to Siegelman
lawyers Vince Kilborn and David McDonald
Stephen Hudson, pastor in Ozark who told Charles Winston about Charlie
Stanford

THE HOAX

Karl Rove, long-time Republican campaign strategist with reputation for
dirty politics; dubbed “Bush’s Brain” for his role in helping George W. Bush
win presidency; senior advisor to Bush for most of his presidency; had nothing
whatsoever to do with Siegelman prosecution
Jill Simpson, unknown north Alabama lawyer whose May 2007 affi davit
ignited national scandal alleging that Karl Rove, Bob Riley, Bill Canary and others
conspired to prosecute Siegelman as a means of preventing his planned political
comeback; told “60 Minutes” that Rove assigned her to try to catch Siegelman
having extramarital sex; that she tried for several weeks, but failed
Mark Bollinger, Democratic operative, friend of Siegelman and Simpson;
introduced her to the ex-governor in late 2006 or early 2007; assisted Simpson in
researching fi nances of trial judge Mark Fuller
John Aaron, Birmingham lawyer, Siegelman operative and “political
researcher;” among other things, helped Simpson with her affi davit and with
researching Fuller’s fi nances
Rob Riley, son of Gov. Bob Riley; knew Simpson from college and some
shared legal cases; accused by her of participating on conspiracy
Bill Canary, Alabama Republican, wife of Leura Canary; accused by Simpson,
others, of playing key role in Siegelman prosecution; often mischaracterized in
media reports as a “Karl Rove protégé”
Grant Woods, old Siegelman friend; former Arizona attorney general; leader
of the group of former attorneys general who wrote letters and fi led briefs on
Siegelman’s behalf and generated substantial publicity for the Rove conspiracy
claims
Robert Abrams, old Siegelman friend; former New York attorney general;
leader of the group of former attorneys general who wrote letters and fi led briefs
on Siegelman’s behalf and generated substantial publicity for the Rove conspiracy
claims
Artur Davis, Alabama congressman; in 2007, became prominent advocate
of Siegelman’s claim that he was prosecuted for political reasons at the behest of
Karl Rove
John Conyers, powerful, veteran Democratic Michigan congressman;
chairman of U.S. House Judiciary Committee; wrote numerous letters to
Justice Department demanding investigations of Siegelman prosecution; by far
Siegelman’s most powerful ally in making the case that he was a victim of Karl
Rove and a politicized Justice Department