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.

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