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Roger Shuler, the Birmingham-area blogger known as Legal Schnauzer, was beaten and arrested one week ago today by Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies. They were acting on a warrant for failure to appear before a special, secret kangaroo court appointed by Judge Roy Moore of Ten Commandments infamy at the behest of Rob Riley. These blatantly unconstitutional proceedings are exactly the sort of shenanigans that Roger has fearlessly reported for years even as they have quietly become the “new normal” in Alabama justice. Now being held without bond or representation, Shuler is being made into an example to discourage other Alabama bloggers from reporting on powerful Republican interests in our one-party state. This is a chilling assault on the First Amendment, due process, and the entire body of Supreme Court precedent about prior restraint.
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Later today, I will be visiting Mrs. Shuler in the home where she is currently barricaded for fear of the law enforcement officers who are supposed to protect her. The scene in the garage, where deputies piled onto Mr. Shuler — and then charged him with resisting arrest without ever actually saying “you are under arrest” — has not been touched, so I will be taking video. Mrs. Shuler is low on supplies because deputies have been beating on the Shulers’ door for weeks now attempting to serve both of them, so I will be delivering a few items that she needs. I will do everything I can, but we need your help to do more.
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Alabama has been transformed into Karl Roveistan, a country where it is not safe to be liberal or a Democrat. Political prosecutions have become a normal way of life here while massive political spending and resentment politics have allowed the GOP to take over every statewide office. The “Heart of Dixie” is now entirely under the control of people who often do not seem to regard liberals and progressives as humans, let alone Americans deserving the protection of laws and a Constitution. The unlawful and illegitimate arrest of Roger Shuler is a feature of the new Alabama, not a bug, and if allowed to proceed unchecked we can expect this outrage will also become “the new normal.”