A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for former Gov. Don Siegelman's latest request to get out of prison.
Defense lawyers are asking the judge to free Siegelman while he appeals his 2006 bribery conviction. Lawyers say the release is merited since his appeal has gone on much longer than anticipated. The hearing is scheduled for Dec. 15.
U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land of Georgia issued the order Monday. Land also approved of Siegelman attending the hearing. An appellate judge gave Land the case after Alabama judges recused themselves.
A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to get a new trial on bribery charges.
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals let stand Scrushy's 2006 conviction for arranging $500,000 in donations to former Gov. Don Siegelman's lottery campaign in return for Siegelman appointing him to a state hospital regulatory board. Scrushy argued that he should get a new trial because of judicial and juror bias, but the Atlanta-based appeals court ruled against him 3-0 Monday.
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.
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.