25 October 2013

ALABAMA DEPUTIES BEAT, ARREST CORRUPTION-FIGHTING REPORTER

ALABAMA DEPUTIES BEAT, ARREST CORRUPTION-FIGHTING REPORTER

The prominent investigative blogger Roger Shuler was arrested and beaten by Shelby County sheriff's deputies in his Alabama garage upon returning home the evening of Oct. 23.

Shuler faces charges stemming from his refusal to obey a judge's order to stop writing about an alleged affair involving Robert Riley Jr., an attorney who is part of Alabama's most prominent political family.

Shuler at right shown in a jail mug shot photo with a swollen face after his beating and attack with MACE in his garage. Authorities in his county south of Birmingham held him on two contempt of court charges and one for resisting arrest. A judge refused to set bond on the contempt charges, thereby enabling authorities to hold Shuler for an undetermined period that could be many months at the judge's discretion. His bond was $1,000 for the resisting arrest charge.

Update Oct. 27: As of this writing, Shuler remained in jail, his wife was barricaded in their home, and a news blackout remained through virtually all of the mainstream media, with only a few web-based media covering the story. OpEdNews editor Joan Brunwasser published an interview with me: Andrew Kreig: Alabama Journalist Roger Shuler Beaten and Arrested!

Meanwhile, the Washington Times reported a federal raid against one of its reporters: Armed agents seize records of reporter.

The Rileys and their political allies have denied Shuler's allegations, as illustrated by legal filings in the case. Hot links are below.

Unknown persons have also created a website, Legal Schnauzer Exposed, to provide negative information about Shuler and his wife. Shuler is shown below in a file photo outside his home with the family's pet dog, Murphy, who inspired the name of his blog.

Read the whole story at Justice Integrity Project

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