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

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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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