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Siegelman To Prison
5:36 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Siegelman On Way To La. To Complete Prison Term

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman reports to prison in La. to complete prison term.
Dave Martin Associated Press

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.

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Siegelman To DNC
5:15 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Siegelman Gets Permission To Go Democratic CVN

Siegelman gets permission to go to the DNC where he will lobby President Obama to grant his request for clemency.
By Mike Disharoon Wikimedia Commons

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.

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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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Davis To Address GOP
5:15 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Former Democrat Davis To Address GOP Convention

Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis will speak at the Republican National Convention in support of Mitt Romney.
Artur Davis campaign Wikimedia Commons

Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis will address the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Davis served as Barack Obama's Alabama campaign chairman four years ago and gave the seconding speech for Obama's nomination at the Democratic National Convention. But the Republican National Convention announced Thursday that Davis will speak later this month at the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., to support Mitt Romney.

Davis lost Alabama's Democratic primary for governor in 2010. Then he moved to Virginia and switched parties.

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Presidential Threat
5:21 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Uzbek Man Gets More Than 15 years For Obama Threat

A federal judge in Alabama has sentenced a man from Uzbekistan to more than 15 years in prison for plotting to kill President Barack Obama.

U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon imposed the term Friday on Ulugbek Kodirov (OO'-legh-bek KAH'-duh-rahv). He faced up to 30 years in prison.

A defense lawyer argued the 22-year-old Kodirov has accepted responsibility for his actions and is trying to straighten out his life.

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