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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-27-08 09:44 PM
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11. HOUSE JUDCIARY: Jailed Ex-Governor Sought for Testimony
I am so looking forward to a LiveBlog of this hearing! This news broke before the court order for Don's release on appeal, so ignore the travel plans in custody. The Gov. will be free tomorrow morning.

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Jailed Ex-Governor Sought for Testimony
By BEN EVANS 6 hours ago - http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5ie-FT6LMZaKgicF8Lk2e...

WASHINGTON (AP) The House Judiciary Committee asked the Justice Department on Thursday to allow imprisoned former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman to testify before Congress about possible political influence over his prosecution.

Attorney General Michael Mukasey indicated that he would not support the request for a temporary release but said that officials might arrange for Siegelman's testimony in some other way.

Under the committee's plan, Siegelman, a Democrat sentenced to serve more than seven years in a Louisiana prison, would travel to Washington in May under guard of the U.S. Marshals Service, said Melanie Roussell, a spokeswoman for the committee.

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Traveling in California, Mukasey said of the request: "I suppose if they really want to talk to him, there must be a way to do it by remote hookup. ... We generally don't let people out of jail."

A member of Siegelman's defense team, meanwhile, said the former governor has agreed to testify. "He's delighted to cooperate," attorney Vince Kilborn said. "There are no restrictions on questions they can ask him."
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