Siegelman Seeks Pardon
1:23 pm
Sat August 18, 2012

Siegelman Has Long Odds On Obama Commutation

Former Gov. Don Siegelman is seeking a pardon from President Obama.
By Mike Disharoon Wikimedia Commons

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.

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