A Prosecutor Thug For Alabama AG Luther Strange Might Receive Some Much-Deserved Scrutiny".Rickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jan 18 2013 2:08 PM
HOUSTON COUNTY: Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange has a special Houston County Grand Jury. He would not combine with the regular Grand Jury, he wanted his own special Grand jury.
One of the persons running the Luther Strange Houston County Grand Jury is Matt Hart. On January 7 The Legal Schnauzer published an article “A Prosecutor Thug For Alabama AG Luther Strange Might Receive Some Much-Deserved Scrutiny”. The article makes allegations that Hart has abused the federal grand jury system when he served in Birmingham.
Tuscaloosa contractor Roger Taylor, who was found not guilty two years ago of bribery in the federal probe of Alabama’s two-year college system, is now trying to unseal court records regarding his claim that prosecutors abused the federal grand jury system in his case.
Taylor made the request after The Wall Street Journal recently contacted one of his attorneys seeking comment for that newspaper’s investigation into the federal grand jury system.
"The reporter had specific questions about this case which the undersigned (attorney) could not answer without fear of revealing information which had been sealed during the course of this case," according to Taylor’s motion filed by attorney J. Mark White.
"I think that the record pretty well shows that the abuse of the grand jury system was a significant issue in the case . . . and would have been on appeal if we would have not won."
Matt Hart’s reputation for thuggish tactics came to light for most citizens in 2004 when former U.S. Circuit Judge U.W. Clemon cited him for contempt of court in the Medicaid-fraud case against former Governor Don Siegelman and codefendants Paul Hamrick and Phillip Bobo. Prosecutors dropped those charges, in Birmingham, after Clemon ruled they had insufficient evidence for a conspiracy claim.
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According to a recent conversation with Twentieth Judicial Circuit District Attorney Doug Valeska, the Grand Jurors are in control and not the prosecutor. The Grand Jurors can decide to expand their probe and call in additional witnesses. The power does not rest with the prosecutor but with the members of the Grand Jurors.
Perhaps the Houston County Grand Jurors will not allow the prosecutor to be a “thug” but will take a leadership role in the probe. Perhaps they will require people like Former Governor Bob Riley, Now Alabama Senator Bryan Taylor, Now Assistant Attorney General Sonny Regan, and others which belonged to the former Governor’s Administration and see what Indian money and influence have controlled their actions. Perhaps they will require Attorney General Luther Strange to appear before them and see how much Indian money he received and what has influenced his actions.
In conversations with some attorneys which have been involved with Matt Hart, they have pretty much described him as someone not to be trusted. Perhaps members of the Houston County Grand Jury will keep that in mind when dealing with him and listening to what he has to say.
It does not cost a prosecutor any money to prosecute anyone. If he gets no convictions, the only person out the money is the person indicted by the Grand Jury. That person will be required to spend thousands of dollars to defend themselves and their freedom. All the while the prosecutor has no liability or responsibility in their attempts to go after people.
While we do not know that the specific intent of the Alabama Attorney General, not many in Houston County believe he is honest in his efforts. Consensus by most who know him and Matt Hart, there is little to no trust for their honesty and integrity. It will be up to the men and women who have been summoned to be members of the Grand Jury to stand up and hold the prosecutors feet to the fire.
If those selected as Grand Jurors do not stand up and demand some answers and testimony from Riley, Strange,Taylor and Regan, there is no telling where this will lead. There is no telling who will be destroyed and be required to pay thousands of dollars to protect themselves from prosecution and prosecution abuse.
And all of the time, the persons who have been shown to take Indian money – Bob Riley, Luther Strange and others, escape scrutiny and being held accountable. They are allowed to continue their pursuit of others with no accountability on themselves.