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Legal Schnauzer: Bingo! Another “Suicide” in Sweet Home Alabama

Legal Schnau­zer: Sic ‘em Dawg!

COMMENT: In FTR #742, we exam­ined a num­ber of highly sus­pi­cious deaths linked to GOP power pol­i­tics in Alabama. Those deaths tracked back to two over­lap­ping investigations:

  • The polit­i­cal destruc­tion of for­mer Demo­c­ra­tic Alabama gov­er­nor Don Siegel­man and his replace­ment by the con­sum­mately, lethally cor­rupt admin­is­tra­tion of GOP gov­er­nor Bob Riley.
  • The inves­ti­ga­tions into the activ­i­ties of con­victed GOP lob­by­ist Jack Abramoff, who was involved with cor­rupted Native-American gam­bling activ­i­ties in the state.

The storm swirling around Riley and asso­ciates tracks back to the polit­i­cal destruc­tion of Demo­c­ra­tic Alabama gov­er­nor Don Siegel­man, who had con­trol over the records of George W. Bush’s Air National Guard record.

(Recall that Bush had been assigned to an Air National Guard base in Alabama, and appears to have spent his time there pol­i­tick­ing on behalf of GOP can­di­dates. Had this dis­clo­sure got­ten the play it deserved, it would have denied Dubya a sec­ond term.  Siegelman’s destruction–widely attrib­uted to the sin­is­ter, Machi­avel­lian Karl Rove–put the infor­ma­tion in the hands of a trusted GOP hack, Bob Riley. In Fam­ily of Secrets, Russ Baker details the maneu­ver­ing around Bush’s mil­i­tary records and the delib­er­ate destruc­tion of jour­nal­is­tic and polit­i­cal sources pur­su­ing the truth. Baker is inter­viewed about the book in FTR #‘s 711 through 716, 730, 743.)

Ray Crosby, a defen­dant in the bingo case, died on the eve of the case’s retrial. “Another one bites the dust.”

“Death of a Bingo Defen­dant Adds to Polit­i­cal Intrigue in Alabama”; Legal Schnau­zer; 1/30/2012.

EXCERPT: Hav­ing lived as a pro­gres­sive through the Karl Rove era in Alabama, this reporter is not eas­ily shocked. But when word started spread­ing early yes­ter­day evening that a defen­dant had died on the eve of the Alabama bingo retrial . . . well, that was a stunner.

Ray Crosby, a for­mer leg­isla­tive ana­lyst in the Alabama Leg­is­la­ture, was found dead in his Mont­gomery home yes­ter­day after­noon. He was one of seven defen­dants to be retried in the bingo case, which was to kick off again today in Montgomery.

The first word I heard was that Crosby com­mit­ted sui­cide, which would make him No. 5 on our list of sus­pi­cious “sui­cides” that have ties to Alabama GOP pol­i­tics over the past two years. The strange-deaths list grows to six if you include the appar­ent beat­ing death of for­mer Bob Riley aide Zoa White in her Mobile home. And I’m not even includ­ing some appar­ent heart attacks of folks con­nected to the bingo case.

What do we know about the Crosby death? Neal Vick­ers reports at examiner.com:

“One of seven defen­dants set to be tried again in the Alabama bingo cor­rup­tion case is dead. For­mer leg­isla­tive ana­lyst Ray Crosby was found dead in his home late Sun­day afternoon.

Author­i­ties have not revealed a cause of death. The denial includes if it could have been from nat­ural causes. Mont­gomery police sim­ply say they are ‘con­duct­ing a death investigation’.” . . .


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