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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-28-08 09:29 AM
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16. NY TIMES: Ex-Governor of Alabama Is Ordered Released
Ex-Governor of Alabama Is Ordered Released
ADAM NOSSITER - Philip Shenon contributed reporting from Washington.
March 28, 2008 -

MONTGOMERY, Ala. Donald Siegelman, former governor of Alabama, was ordered released from prison ....
Text: Court Order -

.... Siegelmans lawyers maintained that as is standard in many white-collar crime cases the veteran Democratic politician never should have been imprisoned in the first place while he appealed his conviction. He should not have been manacled and taken off in the night, said his lawyer, G. Robert Blakey, also a professor at the University of Notre Dame ...

Mr. Siegelmans case has been cited by Democrats here and in Washington as Exhibit A in their contention that politics has influenced decisions by the Justice Department ... Siegelman has picked up some outside support for his claims of political prosecution. The House Judiciary Committee has held hearings on his case, and 44 former state attorneys general, Democrats and some Republicans, signed a petition last summer urging Congress to look into the conviction.........

Democrats in Alabama were jubilant on Thursday, and Mr. Siegelmans lawyers took the appeals court order as a rebuke to the governments position that there was no basis for the ex-governors challenge to his conviction. Its a huge step, but its not the final step, said Vince Kilborn, one of the lawyers. They specifically state his appeal raises substantial issues. It certainly throws cold water on the Justice Department position that there was nothing to his appeal.......

In June 2006, he was convicted by a federal jury here of taking $500,000 from Richard M. Scrushy, ex-chief executive of the HealthSouth Corporation, for an appointment to the state hospital licensing board. The money was to retire a debt from Mr. Siegelmans campaign for a state lottery to pay for schools. The government maintained Mr. Siegelman was liable for the debt, because he was a co-guarantor; his lawyers said he would never have been expected to pay back the loan personally.

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