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Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman Says Presidential Pardon is "Last Hope for Freedom" [View all]

Source: Al.com Montgomery Bureau

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman says presidential pardon is "last hope for freedom"

Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 10:42 PM Updated: Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 11:07 PM

By Kim Chandler -- Montgomery Bureau

MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- Former Gov. Don Siegelman, who was sentenced to six and a half years in prison, told the Fox Business Network that a presidential pardon is his "last hope for freedom" and continued to criticize the 2006 case in which he was convicted.
Siegelman said a flaw in the law allowed a jury to infer a crime was committed when it didn't happen.

"Yes, we are asking the president, whomever it may be this November, to issue a clemency or a pardon or commute my sentence," Siegelman told the Fox Business Network in a Monday interview.

"Not only to set me free but also to draw attention to the courts and to Congress and to the president of this flaw in the law that allows juries to convict business men and women and politicians on the basis of an inferred or an implied deal. Businessmen and women ought to be trembling over the impact of this decision," Siegelman told Fox Business Network.

Siegelman will be headed back to prison Sept. 11 after an unsuccessful six-year fight to overturn his 2006 conviction in a bribery case. The Democrat said he is innocent of charges that he sold a seat on the Certificate of Need Review Board to former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in exchange for $500,000 in campaign donations to his 1999 lottery referendum.

"So we are being sent to prison for something, one, that didn't happen. Nobody wants to go to prison but certainly nobody wants to go to prison for something they didn't do," Siegelman told Fox Business Network.

Read more: http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2012/08/former_alabama_gov_don_siegelm_3.html

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