Introduction: This is the introduction to, "The Governor of Goat Hill." As with all the chapters in the book, the introduction starts with two quotes. Read More...

From, "Siegelman's Big Score": The following is the start of a chapter about the more than $1.3 million in legal fees paid Siegelman while he was governor. Here is the letter and envelope sent by Siegelman that is described in the excerpt. Notice the tiny print at the bottom of the letter disclosing that the stationary "was not printed at government expense." Read more...

From, "Nick and Lanny, Under Siege": This excerpt comes from the first chapter about the 2006 trial in Montgomery of Siegelman, Richard Scrushy, Paul Hamrick and Mack Roberts. It describes the cross-examination of long-time Siegelman aide Nick Bailey by lawyers for Siegelman and Scrushy. Read more...

From G.H. Construction chapters: The following are excerpts from two chapters, the first called, "Goat Hill Construction," and the second, "The Warehouse Stories." The stories on G.H. Construction led to the investigation which ultimately resulted in pleas and prison sentences for Lanny Young and Nick Bailey, as well as the indictments and guilty verdicts against Siegelman and  Richard Scrushy. Read more...

Also from, "Nick and Lanny, Under Siege": This excerpt describes the demeanor of the defendants during the trial and other elements of the daily scene inside and outside the courthouse. It contains an amusing story about Siegelman and presents an analysis of Richard Scrushy's stand-offish deportment in the courtroom. Read more..

End of, "Dana Jill" and start of, "Hook, Line & Sinker": This excerpt begins with the May 2007 signing of by Rainsville, Ala., lawyer Dana Jill Simpson of her now famous affidavit. In it, she claimed to have participated in a 2002 telephone call with powerful Republicans, including Bob Riley's son, in which she was told that GOP leaders directed the U.S. Justice Department to prosecute Siegelman and eliminate him as a contender in the 2006 governor's race. For the national media, the chief draw was Simpson's claim that she learned during the call that Karl Rove issued the order to prosecute Siegelman. The excerpt starts at the end of a chapter called, "Dana Jill," and continues through the first part of the next chapter, called "Hook, Line & Sinker." Read more...

From, "Scrushy Plays the Lottery": This excerpt presents the start of and portions of an early chapter telling about Siegelman's efforts in 1999, his first year as governor, to win passage of a state lottery through a referendum. The importance of the lottery to Siegelman cannot be overstated and its defeat, in October 1999, was a major setback to his administration. In a series of stories in 2002, the Register, with me as reporter, uncovered a secret, second life of the foundation. It had dissolved, very publicly, in early 2000, reporting having raised and spent $5 million to fund the campaign, for a final balance of zero. However, it was secretly re-born soon after to re-pay a $700,000 plus debt -- itself secret -- to the Alabama Democratic Party. Siegelman (and a co-signee) was personally liable for a bank loan used to pay back the party. The two $250,000 donations described in part here provided the bulk of the money that allowed him to repay that loan. Read more...


 

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