Don Siegelman's Conviction Upheld

Thursday, May 21, 2015

 A federal appeals court has upheld the bribery conviction and prison sentence of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.  The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that Siegelman was not entitled to a new trial. The judges also upheld Siegelman's 78-month sentence.  The ruling is the latest legal blow to Siegelman, who has been fighting to overturn his 2006 conviction in a government corruption case. A federal jury convicted Siegelman of appointing former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy to a state board in exchange for campaign donations.  Siegelman, a Democrat, had argued that a prosecutor with ties to G-O-P politics remained involved in his case despite her recusal. Federal judges said there was no evidence she influenced the prosecution team. Siegelman is projected to get out of prison in 2017. 



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