May 28, 2007
The Forthcoming Scrushy & Siegelman Sentencing
The upcoming sentencing of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy is definitely a sentencing hearing to follow. Siegelman found guilty of significantly fewer counts than charged with, but still facing sentencing on verdicts for bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud, and obstruction of justice, and Scrushy found guilty of all of the bribery, conspiracy and mail fraud counts brought against him, are set to the sentenced at the end of June. Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 30 years for Siegelman and 25 for Scrushy (see Al.Com AP). WSFA12 provides explicit details of the government rationale for these requested sentences. But also seen here is the other side - that is, the defense position. The defense response to the government Memorandum is likely to be seen soon. One issue likely to be encountered at the sentencing hearing is whether the government can use uncharged conduct and acquitted conduct in determining the sentence.
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