Bill Canary - Siegelman Controversy

Siegelman Controversy

Currently, there are ongoing claims that Canary and his wife investigated former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman for political reasons. A Republican activist, lawyer Dana Jill Simpson of Rainsville, Alabama, filed a sworn statement saying that she was on a Republican campaign conference call in 2002 when she heard Bill Canary tell other campaign workers not to worry about Siegelman because Canary's "girls" and "Karl" would make sure the Justice Department pursued the Democrat so he was not a political threat in the future. "Canary's girls" included his wife, Leura Canary, who is United States Attorney for United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and "Karl" referred to Karl Rove. The people on the conference call included Governor Riley’s son and lawyer.

In response, Bill Canary said he has "'no recollection' of making the 'my girls' comment Simpson claimed. "Just as importantly, I've never spoken to Karl Rove or the Department of Justice about prosecuting Don Siegelman."

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