July 7, 2007
The Continuing Saga of Former Alabama Governor Siegelman
When former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman was sentenced recently to a fairly significant term of over seven years in prison for his conviction on corruption charges, you would think that the case would quiet down. Even though the appeal is headed to the Eleventh Circuit, there continues to be action surrounding the conviction in other fora. Alabama Congressman Artur Davis sent a letter (here -- courtesy of TPM Muckraker) to House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers asking that the Committee investigate whether Siegelman was singled out for prosecution for political purposes. There have been allegations that Presidential aide Karl Rove said that the U.S. Attorneys in Alabama would work to eliminate Siegelman as a political player, claims that to this point are only hearsay. Back in the District Court, Siegelman filed a motion (available below) seeking to eliminate the restitution order requiring him to repay over $180,000 because it is based on a count on which he was acquitted. While opposing the motion, the U.S. Attorney's Office also requested (see below) that, if the court grants the motion, it increase Siegelman's prison sentence to make up for the loss of the restitution. Restitution is usually not viewed as a form of punishment but rather an equitable means to keep the defendant from enjoying ill-gotten gains, so the government's argument may misconstrue the nature of the court's order. Regardless, it's yet another dust-up in an extremely contentious case. (ph)
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This was January. It's July now. It's past time to stop playing the Claude-Raines 'shocked!' card.
FD: I lose no love for Siegelman, but this one smells as bad as the last.
Posted by: wcw | Jul 7, 2007 8:38:56 PM
No, the case will not "quiet down" until we get this man out of jail. He is not guilty and there are thousands of people in Alabama who are DETERMINED to get this good man out of prison and will not ever stop until we do. So if you are waiting for the case to "QUIET DOWN" it will never do so. We are going to cause such an uproar that you will think the peace demonstrations during the Vietnam War were garden parties!
Posted by: Paula Hurst | Jul 10, 2007 6:56:31 AM