Former governor sentenced to 78 months in prison

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison Friday, plus 3 years on supervised release and a $50,000 fine. In a report several hundred words long by Kim Chandler of the Birmingham News and AL.com, no indication of which political party claimed Siegelman is given.  The crimes: A federal jury in 2006 convicted Siegelman of federal funds bribery on allegations that he sold a seat on a hospital regulatory board to former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in exchange for $500,000 in donations to Siegelman's 1999 referendum campaign to establish a state lottery. Siegelman served nine months of an 88-month sentence before being released in March 2008 on an appeal bond. A federal appeals court tossed out two of the charges against him, which prompted today's resentencing. Siegelman told Fuller that he did not intentionally break the law, but a jury found him guilty and he respected that. Ms. Chandler and/or her editors dropped the ball in insulating...(Read Full Post)

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