Former state attorneys generals request pardon for former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman

Former Gov Don Siegelman

More than 100 former state attorneys general from across the country want the President Barack Obama to pardon former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who’s serving a 6 ½ year prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice.

According to the Associated Press, the pardon request was sent to the White House on Wednesday.

In 2006, a federal jury 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 unsuccessful 1999 campaign to get Alabama voters to approve a state lottery. Siegelman was also convicted of obstruction of justice.

In January the U.S. Supreme Court denied to hear an appeal from Siegelman, making a presidential pardon his last hope to reduce his sentence.

Siegelman, now 70, has been serving his sentence at a Louisiana prison camp since his conviction, and is scheduled to be released in 2017.


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