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Pro-Siegelman pickets protest at Rove appearance

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - About two dozen pickets supporting former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman demonstrated against one-time White House aide Karl Rove during a stop in Birmingham.

Protesters yelled "Free Don Siegelman, Jail Karl Rove" outside a store where Rove was signing copies of his new book Tuesday. His itinerary included a speech Tuesday night at a fundraising dinner for Alabama Republicans.

Siegelman and his backers claim Rove was behind the prosecution of the former governor on federal corruption charges.

Rove and federal prosecutors have denied that he had anything to do with the case. Speaking with reporters at the book-signing, Rove depicted Siegelman as a liar who would make his claims under oath if they were true.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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