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  • Ex-Alabama governor leaves federal prison in Louisiana on bond

    OAKDALE, La. (AP) — Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was released on bond from a federal prison Friday, saying he remains upbeat despite serving nine months for corruption.
    Leaving the prison in a black sport utility vehicle, he stopped on a road outside the lockup to comment. He wore a ragged shirt that appeared to be prison clothing.
    "I may have lost my freedom for awhile, but I never lost faith," Siegelman, 62, told reporters.
    A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Siegelman should be released while he appeals his conviction.
    He declined to comment further, saying, "I want to be with my family for a few days." But he said he would make a statement when he reaches his home in Birmingham, Ala.
    Siegelman attorney David McDonald said the former governor called him two or three times in the first couple of hours after his release.
    "For nine months it has felt like a part of us were in the prison with him," McDonald said. "To have him be able to call whenever he wants, we have been like a couple of schoolgirls on the phone."
    Siegelman was placed in federal custody after being sentenced in June to more than seven years in prison for bribery-related counts and one obstruction of justice count.
    The House Judiciary Committee also has announced that it wants to hear Siegelman's views when it probes claims of selective prosecution by the Justice Department.
    Siegelman has maintained that certain Republicans targeted him after he was elected governor in 1998. The House committee has begun reviewing his case as part of a broader investigation into allegations of political meddling in federal prosecutions.
    The committee hopes to hear from Siegelman in May.
    Federal prosecutors accused Siegelman of appointing Richard Scrushy, HealthSouth CEO at the time, to a hospital regulatory board in exchange for Scrushy arranging $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman's campaign for a statewide lottery.
    Scrushy, who was tried along with Siegelman, also was convicted on bribery counts and is serving a sentence of nearly seven years. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the multimillionaire Birmingham businessman is a potential flight risk, but that Siegelman is not.
    Siegelman also was convicted of a separate obstruction of justice charge concerning $9,200 he received from a lobbyist to help with the purchase of a motorcycle. His attorneys have said it was a legitimate transaction.
    Chief prosecutor Louis Franklin said he was disappointed by the ruling, but still expects the appellate court will rule against Siegelman's appeal.
    The appeals process had been delayed for months after the court reporter during the trial died and the transcript was not completed as it normally would have.



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    Last edited by madyaks; 03-28-2008, 05:29 PM.
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    In other words...Democrat caught with hands in cookie jar blames Republicans for his getting caught.

    Just go home Siegelman before you bring even more shame on yourself.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by TTB View Post
      In other words...Democrat caught with hands in cookie jar blames Republicans for his getting caught.

      Just go home Siegelman before you bring even more shame on yourself.
      Did you see the 60 Minutes bit on this case, which happened to be mysteriously blacked out in parts of Alabama? Key witnesses ended up dead or burnt out of their homes by arson. Court stenographer dead preventing an appeal under mysterious circumstances. Karl Rove is deep in this shit (he cut his political teeth there) and is implicated in much of it

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        Originally posted by Hepatitis Dispenser View Post
        Did you see the 60 Minutes bit on this case, which happened to be mysteriously blacked out in parts of Alabama? Key witnesses ended up dead or burnt out of their homes by arson. Court stenographer dead preventing an appeal under mysterious circumstances. Karl Rove is deep in this shit (he cut his political teeth there) and is implicated in much of it
        why ask? he's very independent remember that.

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          Originally posted by Hepatitis Dispenser View Post
          Did you see the 60 Minutes bit on this case, which happened to be mysteriously blacked out in parts of Alabama? Key witnesses ended up dead or burnt out of their homes by arson. Court stenographer dead preventing an appeal under mysterious circumstances. Karl Rove is deep in this shit (he cut his political teeth there) and is implicated in much of it
          I'm not much for conspiracy stories. I do know this Scrushy is a dirty bird as my brother in law is quite well acquainted with him. He quit Healthsouth out of disgust.

          I assume he got a trial. Oh right..I suppose the Republicans fixed that too.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by hansolo View Post
            why ask? he's very independent remember that.
            That's right and it means calling BS on both sides.

            Both parties suck and we need a third. Thanks for reminding me.
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