Despite the opinions of several blog trolls, the central theme of that post was clearly not to blame President Bush for Eric Volz's problems, but rather to point out what can - and does - happen to people in countries where the judicial system has been compromised by political influence and equality before the law does not exist. As I wrote in January:
... Far from being merely an exceptionally sordid episode of Third World corruption, however, the Volz case should serve as an object lesson in the perils of subverting the justice system of any country. Without the rule of law, convictions and prosecutions can be bought and sold, and naked political ambition given a veneer of legitimacy through apparent judicial approval, however flawed.
But is this a lesson we should take to heart in the United States? Without question. One need only look at the presidential pardon of Scooter Libby, the Bush Administration's politicization of the Justice Department, the non-prosecution of crimes committed by military contractors, the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, or even he failure of the legislature to pursue impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney to see why.
Further roiling the clouds surrounding this case are new reports that Dana Simpson, the attorney who testified against Mr. Rove, has been the subject of smear campaigns by the state Republican party, and that the 60 Minutes segment on Governor Siegelman - and only that segment of the program - was blacked out during broadcast in much of Alabama, supposedly due to a technical problem that no one can substantiate. (The local affiliate is owned by an active G.O.P. supporter.) Prior to her testimony, Ms. Simpson's house was burned down and her car forced off the road by another driver, leading her to state with apparent justification, "I don't feel safe." Nonetheless, Ms. Simpson continues to rightly point out that she spoke to Congress under oath, but that Mr. Rove couldn't even be bothered to appear, and is now in contempt of Congress.
To be blunt, while nothing has yet been proven, there is every indication that Mr. Siegelman is in jail because he is a Democrat who could not be unseated by the Republican Party in Alabama using legitimate means. There is also every sign of prosecutorial misconduct, direct involvement from the White House, and the further disintegration of the American rule of law. And while George W. Bush cannot be blamed for the tribulations of Eric Volz, he can most certainly be blamed for the trials of Don Siegelman.
The video of the 60 Minutes segment on Don Siegelman is below: