Appeals court to hear Siegelman case in October

Don Siegelman

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A federal appeals court won’t be hearing former Gov. Don Siegelman’s case next week.

Back in April, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals tentatively scheduled Siegelman’s case for the week of July 28. But Siegelman attorney Susan James says the case has been reset for the week of Oct. 13.

A federal jury in 2006 convicted Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy on bribery and other charges. Prosecutors said Scrushy bribed Siegelman for a spot on a state regulatory board with donations to Siegelman’s 1999 lottery campaign.

Siegelman’s lawyers say the case was tainted by the involvement of a prosecutor with ties to GOP politics and that the judge made multiple errors in calculating Siegelman’s sentence.

The former Democratic governor is incarcerated in Louisiana.

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