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, 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 the Democrats, however, when toward the end of the article, they let slip:

[Assistant Us Attorney Louis] Franklin said what they were not seeing in court today was the Siegelman who went on the national media circuit "blaming everybody other than himself for what he did."

"First it was the Canarys and Karl Rove," Franklin said, describing how Siegelman once maintained the case was motivated by GOP desires to end his political career. 

So a Democrat crook is off to prison, but internet search engines are not tipped off he is a Democrat, and casual readers unwilling to finish an article and take a logical step or two are left puzzled as to which party is to blame for harboring him.

No wonder the dinosaur media are dying.

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