9/11 let us never forget, over 3000 lives lost. Today we face another tragedy, Covid-19, which is claiming in the United States, 6000 lives a week, 192,000 to date, Think about that.

For years I have provided documents and other evidence that implicates Attorneys, Judges, Mayors and Council members involved in illegal activity, and in most cases, using their elected office for personal gain. Complaints to the Ethics Commission, Bar Association, Judiciary, Attorney General, and in some cases FBI, all fall on deaf ears.

When the general public is confronted with the allegations of corruption and then there is no accountability, time after time, ultimately they buy in to conspiracy theory’s spun by accused elected officials. The ole Shoot the Messenger trick.

Alabama is so corrupt that the agencies meant to protect the citizens of the state, are as corrupt as the individuals committing the crimes. This results in a stalemate of transparency, accountability, open meeting violations and erodes any confidence in government.

Mr Gallion’s book vindicates my long standing allegations that Baldwin County is corrupt through and through. If you have the stomach to read this book then just remember Baldwin County is worse. No accountability, limited media coverage, and citizens disconnect with their respective municipalities, exasperates the corruption.

I have provided a book review for you from LEGAL SCHNAUZER

Shadow Government, Southern Style: A Saga of Political Corruption From D.C. to Dixie (2020), by Thomas T. Gallion III; available from Amazon and Kindle eBooks

Tommy Gallion’s Shadow Government might be the most searing examination of Deep-South political corruption in the postmodern era. It is a work of considerable depth and breadth, deserving of its own review — which we will endeavor to provide in an upcoming post. It also is “in the moment,” filled with essentially breaking stories, largely unknown to the reading public here in the midst of election season, Gallion set out to become an investigative journalist before settling into a long legal career, with a base in Montgomery, AL. Shadow Government shows that he has the searching eye and inquisitive mind of a reporter.

Tommy Gallion

Before delving into our review in a few weeks, we will produce a series of posts that examine some of the breaking news found in Shadow Government’s pages. This is the second of those posts: (Part 1 is here)

What was the real motivation behind the political prosecution of former Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman and his codefendant, former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy?

No one, to my knowledge, has been able to pin a definitive answer on this question — although there are many intriguing theories. Most people, it seems, assume it was a Republican scheme to force Siegelman out of politics because they could not beat him at the ballot box. Gallion, however, takes a different view: He says it was designed more to gain control over Scrushy’s considerable financial clout than to limit, or ruin, Siegelman’s political clout. In other words, it was more about money than politics. From Shadow Government, Southern Style:

During the summer of 2018, I met with Scrushy to learn what had happened to him. (See note at end of post.) After several meetings, I asked Scrushy if he ever considered that the whole thing had been a ploy by Rob Riley, his brother-in-law [Rob] Campbell, and Doug Jones to set him up to take over the legal business of HealthSouth that Campbell’s firm had been courting for years. I also told that based on the information he had just given me, plus the fact Rob Riley, Doug Jones, and Campbell’s firm had sued him, this was their plan from the beginning. I personally put together the puzzle and informed him this whole matter had nothing to do with Siegelman, but was to make money for Campbell, Riley, and Jones and to attempt to void Scrushy’s retirement policy with HealthSouth. Scrushy said he had never thought about that being the Campbell firm’s plan, but he now thinks that is the case from recent facts the two of us had uncovered. I looked at the documents and saw that Campbell’s firm, Rob Riley, and Doug Jones were among the lawyers who represented the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Scrushy. I asked Scrushy if they found any documents in his barn to use against him. He said there were many documents in that barn, all of which were taken by Campbell’s law firm when Judge Horn issued his ruling against Scrushy. Since Scrushy isn’t a lawyer, I explained to him that all Riley and Jones wanted to do was look and see what was there so they woul know what documents to take or subpoena. I explained to him that I considered Riley’s and Jones’s lying to him about why they wanted to go into his barn to be fraud.

(Note: Gallion contacted me on this date — 7/29/20 — and noted that the time frame in this passage from his book is incorrect. After double checking his appointment calendar from the period, Gallion determined the Scrushy meetings started in fall, not summer, 2018 The exact date of the initial meeting was 10/28/18.)

Amazon has the book and it is available locally at Page and Palette Book Store in Fairhope. Mr Gallion will be coming to Fairhope for a book signing in the near future.

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  1. Yeah yeah. We know. Alabama is crooked. You can point out and specify the actions but nothing will change
    Just go along to get along
    Don’t fight the system but rather embrace the suck
    Drink the koolaid After it goes down it will feel better

    • Going alone is just as crooked as turning a blind eye. I choose to at least stick them in the eye.

  2. ALABAMA is a fetid swamp.
    Fairhope is its stinky assh#le.

  3. Clearly, there’s a lot of money to be made by the old white former plantation owners in keeping Alabama at the bottom of every scale of economic, educational, governmental and ethical standard valued by the “American Way of Life.”

    In other words, full use of the “Keep ’em barefoot and pregnant” strategy.

    The underground economy works quite well for a large portion of that Alabama population. Ask anybody working in the broadly defined tourist business in Baldwin County. Don’t worry about an education. Work off the books, pay no taxes, buy lots of Bud Light, cigarettes and illegal drugs, use every public welfare program available, save no money, and – if one lives long enough – live off the public teat in “retirement.”

    In the meantime, the former plantation owners pay the taxes for the crooked system that keeps the described Baldwin County worker poorly educated, in their minimum wage or off-the-books jobs, dodging the law, going to jail every once in a while, and producing the next generation of, “I was raised by my single parent Mom” worker.

    Yes, it’s a bleak picture, but until we get political and business leaders who stop describing this picture as, “Another day in Paradise,” it will continue.

    • Hey!! I resemble that remark!!!
      By the way let me get another beer and suck on the β€œteat.”

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  5. Just read this book and it was great

  6. I read the book. Kinda hard to believe.
    But I bet a lot is true.

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