Imprisoned journalist sends ‘Letter from Birmingham jail’

By Andrew Kreig Justice Integrity Project Alabama commentator Roger Shuler’s condition has sharply worsened during his nearly five months of jailing, as I learned by visiting him in Birmingham March 10. The corruption-fighting reporter, 57, said he has lost 16 pounds during his jailing without bond since Oct. 23 on two contempt of court charges. The charges stemmed from his investigative reports alleging a sex scandal involving the prominent Alabama lawyer Robert Riley Jr. and lobbyist Liberty Duke. In the lawsuit filed last summer under seal against the Shulers, Riley and Duke denied Shuler’s reports, which were published on the Legal Schnauzer site Shuler founded in 2007 in an attempt to reveal suppressed and other under-reported stories involving Deep South courts and politics. Riley, Duke and their attorneys have not responded to my requests for further comment To break the cycle of indifference, I traveled last week from my office in...

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