Stealing Our Democracy: How the Political Assassination of a Governor Threatens Our Nation

Don Siegelman (Author)
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In a searing political memoir, former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman explodes the myth of an impartial U.S. justice system. He should know. Arguably the most successful and promising politician in modern Alabama history, his three-decade career in public service ran afoul of Republican opponents who used the federal judicial system to take him out of contention in Alabama and nationally. Siegelman ultimately was sentenced to 88 months in federal prison and served five years, with long stretches in solitary confinement during which he was a literal political prisoner, cut off from interviews and outside contact. Stealing Our Democracy reveals how Siegelman's enemies -- including politicized prosecutors and a corrupt judge -- stripped him of his freedom, his career, and his law license, and deprived him of his family and friends. His is an intensely personal account of how our system can fail and be abused for political greed. And if it could happen to him, he writes, it can happen to any of us, particularly in an era when Donald Trump is abusing his power and using the Department of Justice as a political weapon to defend himself and to destroy those who oppose him. Siegelman draws on his experience as a public servant and an inmate to show why the nation's prisons must be reformed along with our system of indictment, prosecution, and sentencing. Finally, Stealing Our Democracy offers a blueprint for voters in 2020 of what must be done to preserve democracy.

Product Details

Price
$28.95  $26.63
Publisher
NewSouth Books
Publish Date
June 16, 2020
Pages
304
Dimensions
6.4 X 1.1 X 8.7 inches | 1.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781588384294
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About the Author

Don Siegelman is the only politician in Alabama history to hold all the state's top constitutional offices: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and secretary of state. Alabama's first Catholic governor and the first "New South" progressive governor in the state's post-civil rights era, and a staunch Democrat, Siegelman was a potential 2004 presidential candidate. His politics put him in the crosshairs of insurgent Republicans, both within the state and nationally. He narrowly lost a bid for reelection in 2002 when the vote total changed overnight after the polls had closed in a Republican county. However, Siegelman remained widely popular in Alabama and was given good odds of regaining the governor's office in 2006. But as that campaign was getting underway, he was indicted -- wrongfully, according to scores of attorneys general from states across the nation -- convicted, and given a harsh prison sentence by a prosecutor and judge with links to GOP operative Karl Rove. The case was the subject of a CBS 60 Minutes report and a documentary film. Siegelman served five years in federal prison -- including long stretches in solitary confinement -- before being released on probation. Now 73, Siegelman has devoted himself to promoting prison and judicial reform.

Reviews

Impassioned legal brief, indictment of systematic criminal justice flaws, and touching family saga. -- Kirkus Reviews
Don Siegelman was the most successful Democratic politician in post-Wallace Alabama. His new book tells an amazing odyssey involving two federal prosecutions and a conviction forced by a corrupt judge. Following explosive disclosures of political manipulation by Republican whistleblowers, the constant that links many strands of the governor's political assassination is Karl Rove. -- Scott Horton, Contributing Editor, Harper's Magazine
Stealing Our Democracy shows the abuse of political power by Republicans began well before Donald Trump. As a popular Democratic Governor of Alabama, Don Siegelman posed a potent threat to the GOP's Southern Strategy because Siegelman was a man the Republicans couldn't defeat in an honest election. Karl Rove's fingerprints are everywhere on the sleazy machinations that transformed a rising star in the Democratic Party--seemingly destined for the national stage--into a political prisoner whose biggest crime was winning elections in a red state. -- Craig Unger, investigative journalist, author of Boss Rove and House of Trump, House of Putin
Every law enforcement professional should be alarmed by the political assassination of Governor Don Siegelman told in this story. And every American who believes in democracy should read his book. -- Peter D. Bullard, Ph.D., law enforcement consultant, police Academy instructor
Stealing Our Democracy is every bit as compelling as Kafka's The Trial. The governor's book reveals how the Department of Justice, used as a political weapon, is threatening America's democracy. Siegelman's story is astonishing, compelling, and infuriating. -- Thom Hartmann, America's #1 Progressive Talk Show Host, New York Times bestselling author
Don Siegelman's story is nothing less than an American tragedy. Stealing Our Democracy should remind us all of what can happen when federal prosecutors' powers are used to target not conduct but people, when the criminal sanction becomes a substitute for the ballot box, and when ambiguities in the law are exploited to damage a reputation and destroy a life. Siegelman's description of the Kafkaesque nightmare that enveloped him and his family should cause both heartbreak and outrage. Understanding the abuses he experienced may well be the first step to ending them and to healing our broken politics. -- John J. Farmer Jr., former New Jersey Attorney General, former Dean of Rutgers Law School, currently Law Professor and Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers
Of the thousands of prosecutorial misconduct cases I have lectured on and written about, the government's bad faith described in Stealing Our Democracy stands out starkly and may be without parallel. The book is a continuum of misconduct which leaves the reader shaking in disbelief. The injustice described in Licensed to Lie pales in comparison to the corruption of justice, misconduct, and bad faith revealed in Stealing Our Democracy. -- Bennett L. Gershman, Pace University School of Law, author of Prosecutorial Misconduct, Trial Error and Misconduct, and Prosecution Stories
Reading Stealing Our Democracy will make you cry -- and then cry out for integrity in our justice system. Governor Siegelman was a victim of blatant abuse of power and the greed for power by rogue Republicans with ties to Karl Rove and the Bush White House. This book is a call to action. -- Andrew Kreig, author, attorney, and Director of the Justice Integrity Project
If you doubt that politics are the mortal enemy of justice, read Stealing Our Democracy. Terrible things happen when prosecutors forget that they are duty-bound to prosecute cases based solely on evidence and the law. Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman's book is a sobering reminder of the vast powers the federal government has wrongfully used as a sledgehammer to achieve a conviction at any cost. -- David C. Iglesias, United States Attorney, District of New Mexico
Don Siegelman stared the devil in the eye and survived. Relentlessly pursued by Karl Rove and his operatives, the former Democratic governor of Alabama paid a steep price but demonstrated a strength of character that makes the malevolent forces look weak. Now, in his own words, Siegelman tells how the saga unfolded, leading him through trials and disappointments and finally to prison. Stealing Our Democracy is a must read for anyone who cares about our democracy." -- Josephine E. Ayers, chairman and publisher, The Anniston Star