E-mail to Alabama State Bar Office of Legal Counsel regarding unethical conduct of US Attorney Leura Garrett Canary


Tony McLain, General Counsel, Alabama State Bar
tony.mclain@alabar.org

Copies to:

Mr. Alex Lafayette Holtsford, Jr., President, Montgomery Bar Association
aholtsford@nixholtsford.com

Sam Partridge, Assistant General Counsel, Alabama State Bar
sam.partridge@alabar.org

Robert E. Lusk, Jr., Assistant General Counsel, Alabama State Bar
robert.lusk@alabar.org

Jeremy W. McIntire, Assistant General Counsel, Alabama State Bar
jeremy.mcintire@alabar.org

John Mark White, President, Alabama State Bar
mwhite@whitearnolddowd.com

Thomas James Methvin, President-Elect, Alabama State Bar
tom.methvin@beasleyallen.com

Pamela Harnest Bucy, Vice President, Alabama State Bar
pbucy@law.ua.edu

Keith Byrne Norman, Secretary, Alabama State Bar
keith.norman@alabar.org

Samuel Neil Crosby, Past President, Alabama State Bar
snc@sgclaw.com

Walter Edgar McGowan, Executive Council, Alabama State Bar
wem@glsmgn.com

Maibeth Jernigan Porter, Executive Council, Alabama State Bar
mporter@maynardcooper.com

Richard J. R. Raleigh, Jr., Executive Council, Alabama State Bar
rraleigh@wilmerlee.com

Hon. Leura Garrett Canary, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama
leura.canary@usdoj.gov

Dear Mr. McLain,

I have been researching the conduct of various attorneys in the service of the government of the United States, whether that conduct is a violation of the rules of professional conduct with which each such attorney must comply and authoring factual allegations of the conduct of these attorneys that establish violations of the applicable rules of professional responsibility, including Alberto Gonzales, Kyle Sampson, Harriet Miers, Lisa Murkowski, John Yoo, Mark Everett Fuller, Monica Marie Goodling, Thomas W. Hartmann, Michael J. Elston, Patrick J. Rogers and, now, United States Attorney Leura Garrett Canary. Her claimed recusal from the prosecution of former Gov. Don Siegelman was and remains a sham and violates several of the rules of professional conduct of Alabama. These actions raise a substantial question as to her honesty, trustworthiness and fitness as a lawyer.

Mrs. Canary’s unethical conduct tarnishes the reputation of each member of the Alabama State Bar, including – if not especially – your own. Only a good faith investigation of Mrs. Canary by the Alabama State Bar Office of General Counsel and referral, if and when appropriate, to the Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Committee to answer for her violations of the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct will undo the damage she has done to the legal profession in Alabama. If the reputations of the Department of Justice and the Alabama State Bar are ever to be salvaged, Mrs. Canary must be investigated by the Alabama State Bar Office of Legal Counsel and referred to the Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Committee to answer for her violations of the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct.

Although not a formal complaint, the documentation of Ms. Canary’s conduct that I have prepared and included below* (and posted here at The Grievance Project and here at Firedoglake’s Oxdown Gazette) establish prima facie violations of the Alabama Rules of Professional Conduct. Pursuant to Rule 3(c) of the Alabama Rules of Disciplinary Procedure which permits you, as General Counsel, to initiate a disciplinary investigation or proceeding upon your “own motion in light of information received or acquired from any source[,]” it is incumbent on you to exercise your authority.

E.M./The Grievance Project

*I did not include the documentation in this post that I sent in the e-mail. It is posted here .

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10 Responses

  1. hey e.m.! :D
    i gave leura her very own movie cover!

    i am hoping that the new obama justice department will go after everyone involved in the siegelman case.

  2. That really is a frightening depiction of Rat Fucker, Nonnie.

    I was just having a conversation with someone regarding what, if anything, the new administration will actually do. Like you, I’m hoping for a complete investigation of the Siegelman and other cases and prosecutions as appropriate. For now, I’m still hopeful but time will tell.

  3. e.m.,
    i hope that we don’t hear a lot of bullshit about looking forward and not backwards. if those who trashed the justice department are not punished, we might has well just burn the constitution. i hope i don’t sound overly dramatic when i say that, when i think of the siegelman case and all the rest of what the ashcroft/gonzo/mukasey justice department did, i think of judgement at nuremberg. when those in charge of dispensing justice go along with what they know in their hearts is injustice, all is lost.

  4. i hope that we don’t hear a lot of bullshit about looking forward and not backwards.

    That’s funny because that’s exactly what Bill Kristol said this morning:

    Forgive and forget. That’s the past. We need to come together in a bipartisan manner.

    There’s more to his comment (at my About Me page) and because it is all so completely wrong, this could well be the real Bill Kristol.

    when those in charge of dispensing justice go along with what they know in their hearts is injustice, all is lost.

    That’s why I write this blog.

  5. e.m.,
    i looked at the comments on the rss feed, and i went over to that section before i came here. i was shocked to see the comment by piece of shit kristol! i left a comment over there. then i came here, because i saw there was another comment. talk about chutzpah! like i said in the other thread, he has blood on his hands, and i hope he never gets a decent night’s sleep again!

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  7. Gotta love the effort you put into this blog :)

    • Thanks.

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    I hope (s)he learned something.

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