Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman is scheduled to be released from prison one year from today, August 8, 2017.
Alabama News Network reported Monday Siegelman is “is keeping his spirits up” as his family and other supporters still hope the former governor could be released earlier via a presidential pardon.
In April, more than 100 former state attorneys general from across the country sent a request to President Barack Obama asking him to pardon Siegelman, who’s serving a 6½ year prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice.
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 refused 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.