Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman said he was in "good spirits" as he prepared to enter prison to complete a 78-month sentence for his federal government corruption conviction. Siegelman has been ordered to report to federal prison in Oakdale, La., by 2 p.m. Tuesday. The man who has served in four of Alabama's top elected offices, said he is optimistic he will eventually be pardoned by President Obama. Siegelman was being driven across three states Monday by his grown children, Dana and Joseph, and his wife, Lori.
A federal judge has given former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman permission to travel to Charlotte, N.C., next week to attend the Democratic National Convention. The convention is a week before Siegelman is to report to a federal prison in Louisiana to finish his 78-month sentence. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller said Siegelman can travel to Charlotte Sept. 3-6. Fuller ordered Siegelman to advise his probation officer of his flight plans and hotel plans. Siegelman plans to lobby at the convention for President Obama to grant his request for clemency.
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman is appealing his prison sentence three weeks before he is scheduled to report to federal prison to complete a more than six-year sentence in a government corruption case. Siegelman's attorney filed the notice yesterday in U.S. District Court in Montgomery saying the former governor is appealing the sentencing to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Several thousand people have signed a petition asking President Barack Obama to keep former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman from spending the next few years in prison. But Siegelman realizes the odds of getting a presidential commutation are about the same as winning a state lottery. More than 5,700 people convicted of federal crimes have asked Obama for a commutation of their sentences. Siegelman says only one has been approved. Despite the long odds, Siegelman says he's proud of his daughter for starting an online petition to ask the president to commute his sentence.
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman is going back to prison.
Federal judge Mark Fuller sentenced Siegelman on Friday to 6 and a half years for his conviction on bribery and other charges. Earlier in court, Siegelman apologized for his actions.
Siegelman and former HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy were convicted in 2006. They arranged $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman's campaign for a state lottery in exchange for the governor appointing Scrushy to an important hospital regulatory board.
An attorney for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has asked a federal judge to not send Siegelman back to prison on Friday, but in a letter to supporters Siegelman says he may be returning to federal prison for a lengthy stay. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller originally sentenced Siegelman to more than seven years in prison for his 2006 conviction for bribery and other charges. Fuller is resentencing Siegelman because a federal appeals court dropped two of the charges.
The judge who presided over Alabama's two gambling corruption trials says the U.S. Supreme Court needs to clear up when a campaign contribution constitutes a bribe.
U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an opinion saying there is ``considerable confusion'' about how federal corruption laws apply to campaign contributions. He says a precise definition of bribery would help.
The two trials before Thompson involved legislators and lobbyists accused of promising campaign contributions in return for votes on pro-gambling legislation. No one was convicted.
Disgraced former health care executive Richard Scrushy has been released from federal custody after nearly six years.
Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke says the former multimillionaire HealthSouth Corp. founder and CEO was freed Wednesday from home confinement in Houston, the final step as he begins three years of supervised release.
The attorney for Don Siegelman is asking a federal judge to set aside his order denying the former Alabama governor a new trial.
Siegelman attorney Peter Sissman filed the request Monday with U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller in Montgomery. The attorney wants a delay so he can have more time to try to get documents about former U.S. Attorney Leura Canary.
Canary was the chief federal prosecutor in Montgomery during the case, but she stepped aside. Siegelman's side contends she still had some involvement.
Now that Harriet Miers has taken herself out of consideration for a seat on the Supreme Court, people are talking about the qualifications they'd like to see in the President's next choice. We'll see what some senators in Washington are saying, including Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.
Also, we have a report on former governor Don Siegelman's indictment on charges of bribery, extortion and racketeering.
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