Alabama: A Case of Selective Justice?

In Alabama a Democratic former Governor goes to prison. Top Republicans go untouched. A TIME investigation asks the questions the U.S. Attorneys didn't

Dave Martin / AP

Governor-elect Don Siegelman stands outside the South entrance of the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama.

On May 8, 2002, Clayton Lamar (Lanny) Young Jr., a lobbyist and landfill developer described by acquaintances as a hard-drinking "good ole boy," was in an expansive mood. In the downtown offices of the U.S. Attorney in Montgomery, Ala., Young settled into his chair, personal lawyer at his side, and proceeded to tell a group of seasoned prosecutors and investigators that he had paid tens of thousands of dollars in apparently illegal campaign contributions to some of the biggest names in Alabama Republican politics. According to Young, among the recipients of his largesse were the state's former attorney general Jeff Sessions,...

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