Roger Shuler would be called a political prisoner if he were in any other country. In 2014, Shuler was arrested after he refused 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, and the son of former governor Rob Riley.
Robert Riley and his father.
An Alabama blogger who continued to write about the alleged extramarital affair of a prominent lawyer despite a court order was arrested and jailed last week. He was still being held without bond as of Tuesday, according to reports.
Roger Shuler, a former local newspaper reporter, writes a blog about Alabama politics, Legal Schnauzer. He wrote a series of posts alleging that Robert Riley, Jr., son of former Alabama governor Bob Riley and a lawyer rumored to be running for Congress, had an affair with lobbyist Liberty Duke.
Riley sued Shuler and his wife, Carol Shuler, last year for alleged defamation. The court issued a temporary restraining order and preliminary and injunction that prohibited Shuler from writing anything about Riley’s alleged extramarital affair, allegations that he had a child out of wedlock, and other related stories, according to documents posted online. When Shuler continued to write about Riley’s alleged affair, police pursued him during a traffic stop and arrested him for contempt.
Roger Shuler explains:
Karl Rove’s First Election Fraud
Railroading Don Seigelman
Tyranny of the Shelby County City Officials
Governor Riley, Neopotism and the State Bar Association
Bradley Foundation and how we lost the VRA in Shelby County
The Cruelty of Jails
The Catch-22 that Keeps inmates in Jails
Cancer of our mass incarceration system
Roger Shuler is the editor of Legal Schnauzer, where he offers sharp insight on politics of Alabama and the south.