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  • Court upholds most charges against ex-Ala. gov

    03/06/2009 11:49:54 AM PST · by CWW · 35 replies · 3,792+ views
    WSFA.com ^ | 03-06-00 | WSFA TV
    <p>MONTGOMERY, AL., (WSFA) -- WSFA 12 News is on top of some breaking news at this hour. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has returned a verdict in the appeals of former Governor Don Siegelman and former Health South CEO Richard Scrushy.</p>
  • Karl Rove Destroyed My Life

    12/20/2008 7:23:25 PM PST · by kennedy · 43 replies · 2,270+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 17, 2008 | Paul Alexander
    Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman blames Republican dirty tricks for the nine months he spent in prison. He talks to the Daily Beast’s Paul Alexander about clearing his name, anger at Rove—and mopping prison floors. Last week, Al Gore sent an email message urging supporters to give money to Don Siegelman’s legal defense fund. Gore is the latest in a string of high profile supporters to suggest Siegelman, the former Governor of Alabama, was the victim of a Republican plot when he was found guilty of bribery, conspiracy and fraud in 2006, and sentenced to seven years in prison. Now,...
  • Democrats reject Rove’s offer in Siegelman case

    05/15/2008 1:58:48 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 20 replies · 312+ views
    Tuscaloosa News ^ | May 15, 2008
    The Associated Press WASHINGTON | Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday rejected Karl Rove’s latest offer to provide written responses to questions about the federal prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman. In a letter to the former White House adviser’s attorney, Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., and several other Democrats said Rove’s written responses would not allow for give-and-take questioning. They asked Rove to reconsider his refusal to testify in person and under oath, giving him until May 21 to respond. The committee has threatened to subpoena Rove about allegations that he pushed the Justice Department to...
  • Conyers: 'We're closing in on Rove'

    05/15/2008 10:57:21 AM PDT · by kingattax · 78 replies · 73+ views
    Politico ^ | 5-15-08 | Ryan Grim
    Just off the House floor today, the Crypt overheard House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers tell two other people: “We’re closing in on Rove. Someone’s got to kick his ass.” Asked a few minutes later for a more official explanation, Conyers told us that Rove has a week to appear before his committee. If he doesn’t, said Conyers, “We’ll do what any self-respecting committee would do. We’d hold him in contempt. Either that or go and have him arrested.” Conyers said the committee wants Rove to testify about his role in the imprisonment of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, among...
  • House committee asks Rove to testify about ex-Ala. governor [comm chair John Conyers Jr]

    04/21/2008 2:24:34 PM PDT · by Eye On The Left · 11 replies · 102+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Apr 17, 2008 | BEN EVANS
    The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday asked former White House adviser Karl Rove to testify about claims that he influenced a federal corruption case against former Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama. ... Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., accused Attorney General Michael Mukasey of not taking the allegations seriously and of blocking congressional requests for documents. Conyers said the evidence presented thus far threatens to undermine public faith in the judicial system.
  • Siegelman speaks: Rove must testify

    04/19/2008 10:08:23 AM PDT · by ricks_place · 20 replies · 62+ views
    Tuscaloosa News ^ | April 19, 2008 | Tommy Stevenson
    BIRMINGHAM | Former Gov. Don Siegelman said Thursday that he wants former White House adviser Karl Rove to testify before Congress, whether 'he lies under oath, tells the truth or pleads the Fifth.' Siegelman was freed on bond March 28 after serving nine months in federal prison for bribery and obstruction of justice. He said that while his primary concern is winning his appeal, there are bigger issues involved in his prosecution by the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Montgomery... The case against Siegelman centered around a contribution by Richard Scrushy, the founder of HealthSouth, to an organization Siegelman had...
  • Karl Rove vs. Dan Abrams

    04/19/2008 6:11:47 AM PDT · by coffee260 · 21 replies · 117+ views
    The Corner ^ | 04/19/08 | Karl Rove
    April 13, 2008 Mr. Dan Abrams MSNBC 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York, N.Y. 10112 Dear Mr. Abrams: On April 7th, you again devoted a substantial part of your show to the claim of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman that I was behind his prosecution. Your continued coverage of this issue raises questions about your journalistic standards and those of MSNBC and NBC. During your broadcast, Mr. Siegelman referred to Ms. Dana Jill Simpson as a “respected Republican political operative,” a reference it seems you accept because of the frequent attention you give her in your broadcasts. Have you, during...
  • Karl Rove vs. Dan Abrams (Rove destroy' MSNBC's Don Siegelman story)

    04/18/2008 12:52:21 PM PDT · by DesScorp · 32 replies · 213+ views
    The Corner on National Review Online ^ | April 13, 2008 | Karl Rove
    On April 7th, you again devoted a substantial part of your show to the claim of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman that I was behind his prosecution. Your continued coverage of this issue raises questions about your journalistic standards and those of MSNBC and NBC. During your broadcast, Mr. Siegelman referred to Ms. Dana Jill Simpson as a “respected Republican political operative,” a reference it seems you accept because of the frequent attention you give her in your broadcasts. Have you, during your coverage of Ms. Simpson, ever actually looked into her claims? For example, have you ever asked her...
  • House committee asks Rove to testify about Alabama governor

    04/17/2008 10:51:06 AM PDT · by SmithL · 6 replies · 110+ views
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The House Judiciary Committee is taking Karl Rove up on an offer to testify about claims that he influenced a federal corruption case against former Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama. The committee on Thursday asked former White House adviser Rove to appear under oath soon. The panel also wants the Justice Department's inspector general to investigate allegations that political motivations drove the Siegelman case and several other . . .
  • Rove disputes claims about Ala. governor

    04/04/2008 12:39:37 AM PDT · by kingattax · 10 replies · 88+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4-3-08 | BEN EVANS
    WASHINGTON -- Karl Rove says a one-time Republican campaign worker who has accused him of dirty tricks against a former Alabama governor is a "complete lunatic," and he calls CBS a "shoddy operation" for airing her allegations. In an interview with GQ magazine, President Bush's former political guru says he has never met Jill Simpson, an Alabama attorney and GOP campaign volunteer who has claimed that Rove tried to sabotage Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman's career. "She's a complete lunatic," Rove is quoted as saying. "This woman was not involved in any campaign in which I was involved. I have yet...
  • Former Ala. Governor Freed From Prison

    03/28/2008 1:42:30 PM PDT · by Anti-Hillary · 13 replies · 467+ views
    NYT ^ | 3-28-08 | AP
    OAKDALE, La. (AP) -- Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was released on bond from a federal prison Friday, saying he remains upbeat despite serving nine months for corruption. Leaving the prison in a black sport utility vehicle, he stopped on a road outside the lockup to comment. He wore a ragged shirt that appeared to be prison clothing. ''I may have lost my freedom for awhile, but I never lost faith,'' Siegelman, 62, told reporters. A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Siegelman should be released while he appeals his conviction. He declined further comment, saying, ''I want to be...
  • UPDATE: Siegelman to be released from prison Friday

    03/27/2008 3:51:30 PM PDT · by mtnwmn · 7 replies · 610+ views
    The Birmingham News ^ | March 27, 2008 | Kim Chandler
    MONTGOMERY -- A federal appellate court today ordered former Gov. Don Siegelman released from prison while he appeals his 2006 conviction, saying there are "substantial questions" about his case. Siegelman attorney Vince Kilborn said Siegelman would be released sometime Friday morning. "His wife and his daughter, Dana, are driving out to get him," Kilborn said. Siegelman has been in an Oakdale, La., prison camp for nearly nine months. A federal jury in 2006 convicted Siegelman and HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy of federal funds bribery. Prosecutors alleged Scrushy bought a seat on a state board with a $500,000 donation to Siegelman's...
  • Siegelman to be released from prison

    03/27/2008 1:39:41 PM PDT · by balch3 · 8 replies · 1,208+ views
    AL.com ^ | Mar 27, 2008 | Birmingham News
    Former Gov. Don Siegelman will be released from prison, after the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals granted him an appeal bond, the lead prosecutor in the case said. Acting U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin said he received a courtesy call from the court today. "He's going to be released," Franklin said. He said he was disappointed but said, "The 11th Circuit has the discretion to do that and I respect that." Kim Chandler Return to al.com for updates on this breaking story.
  • Karl Rove Responds to '60 Minutes' (CBS Drive-By journalism)

    02/26/2008 11:44:41 AM PST · by Mount Athos · 38 replies · 125+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 25, 2008 | Brit Hume
    Karl Rove says he does not recall ever meeting the woman who is accusing him of asking her to help dig up dirt on former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman and was never given a chance to respond to charges she made Sunday on "60 Minutes." Rove is the former top political adviser to President Bush and is now a FOX News contributor. Sunday night, an Alabama lawyer named Jill Simpson said on CBS' "60 Minutes" that Rove was behind an effort to derail Democrat Siegelman's effort to win back his office in 2006 -- after losing it in 2002. Simpson...
  • CBS: More Prosecutorial Misconduct in Siegelman Case

    02/26/2008 7:05:01 AM PST · by steve-b · 4 replies · 89+ views
    Harpers ^ | 2/24/08 | Scott Horton
    CBS aired its long-awaited feature on the prosecution and imprisonment of former Alabama Governor Don E. Siegelman this evening at 7:00. In a stunning move of censorship, the transmission was blocked across the northern third of Alabama by CBS affiliate WHNT, which is owned by interests of the Bass Family.... The CBS piece, for which I was repeatedly interviewed, came through on its promise to deliver several additional bombshells. The most significant of these was the disclosure that prosecutors pushed the case forward and secured a conviction relying on evidence that they knew or should have known was false, and...
  • Ex-Ala. gov. wants special prosecutor (Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman)

    02/25/2008 8:51:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 125+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/25/08 | Ben Evans - ap
    WASHINGTON - Attorneys for imprisoned former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman on Monday called for a special prosecutor after a key government witness claimed that he was forced to write out his testimony to get his story straight. Vince Kilborn, an attorney for Siegelman who contends Republican politics was behind the Democrat's prosecution, said the defense was never told of any written notes by Nick Bailey, a former Siegelman aide whose testimony was crucial to the government. CBS's "60 Minutes" reported Sunday that Bailey said prosecutors met with him some 70 times and had him repeatedly write out his testimony because...
  • 60 Minutes Programming Note (Rove cranks up his jamming device)

    02/24/2008 6:10:54 PM PST · by balch3 · 27 replies · 738+ views
    WHNT ^ | Feb 24, 2008 | WHNT
    February 24, 2008 We apologize that you missed the first segment of 60 Minutes tonight featuring "The Prosecution of Don Siegelman." It was a techincal problem with CBS out of New York. We are working with them right now to see if we can re-broadcast the segment. Please be patient with us during this time. We are doing our best to correct the problem.
  • "60 Minutes" a Glutton for Punishment? (Attacking Rove with Discredited evidence)

    02/23/2008 8:36:45 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 29 replies · 144+ views
    Federal Review ^ | Saturday, February 23, 2008
    Less than four years after getting embroiled in a scandal over their use of forged military records, CBS' "60 Minutes" is attacking Karl Rove with a witness who has already been discredited: On Thursday, the 60 Minutes web site began hawking a feature to run on its show. This Sunday, an already discredited Alabama attorney named Dana Jill Simpson will claim that Rove asked her to photograph Democratic former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman in a "compromising, sexual position with one of his aides." Nothing about her story even begins to stand up to scrutiny; indeed all of it fails every...
  • GOP Operative: Rove Sought To Smear Dem

    02/21/2008 7:52:01 PM PST · by peggybac · 38 replies · 199+ views
    CBS ^ | 2/21/08
    60 Minutes: Woman Says Top Bush Adviser Asked Her To Take Compromising Pictures Of Alabama Gov. Siegelman. (CBS) A Republican operative in Alabama says Karl Rove asked her to try to prove the state’s Democratic governor was unfaithful to his wife in an effort to thwart the highly successful politician’s re-election. Rove’s attempt to smear Don Siegelman was part of a Republican campaign to ruin him that finally succeeded in imprisoning him, says the operative, Jill Simpson. Simpson speaks to Scott Pelley in her first television interview, to be broadcast on "60 MINUTES" Sunday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. ET/PT,...
  • Following the Karl Rove Connection (the NYT has been reduced to conspiracy theories)

    10/18/2007 3:10:09 PM PDT · by DesScorp · 11 replies · 98+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Oct. 17 2007 | The Editorial Board
    For those who want, finally, an answer to whether Karl Rove and others at the White House were behind the United States attorney scandal — and ordered federal prosecutors to bring and not bring cases to help Republicans win elections — next Tuesday could be an interesting day. The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing for Oct. 23 on selective prosecution. The committee is expected to take a hard look at the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, a Democrat, who may have been prosecuted primarily to keep him from running against the state’s incumbent Republican governor, Bob...
  • GOP lawyer ties Rove to Siegelman case

    10/10/2007 8:38:05 PM PDT · by Jean S · 8 replies · 586+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/10/07 | Susan Crabtree
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) on Wednesday released an interview with GOP lawyer Dana Jill Simpson implicating former White House adviser Karl Rove in the prosecution and conviction of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman (D) on corruption charges. In a closed-door interview with committee staff, Simpson recalled how Rob Riley, current Gov. Bob Riley’s (R) son, told her about Rove’s role in a plan to prosecute Siegelman if he did not back down from contesting the 2001 gubernatorial election results that handed the office to Riley. According to the transcript, Simpson described a 2005 conversation with Rob...
  • Congress Asked to Probe Siegelman Case (congressional witchhunt alert)

    07/17/2007 1:35:42 PM PDT · by balch3 · 4 replies · 549+ views
    Forbes ^ | July 16, 2007 | Ben Evans
    WASHINGTON - Forty-four former state attorneys general have asked Congress to investigate whether politics at the Justice Department influenced the prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman on corruption charges. Siegelman, a Democrat, was convicted last year of bribery and other charges. He began serving a seven-year prison sentence last month. Democrats have long maintained that his prosecution was politically motivated, and recent allegations that White House officials were steering decisions at the Justice Department have added weight to the claims. Last month, a GOP lawyer who once worked on the campaign of Republican Gov. Bob Riley signed a sworn...
  • Siegelman (Dem) shackled for flight to Oklahoma, lawyer says

    07/13/2007 8:16:58 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 8 replies · 962+ views
    AL.com ^ | 7/13/07
    Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was flown in shackles to Michigan and New York, with bologna sandwiches to eat, before being placed in a small cell in Oklahoma City, one of his lawyers said Friday. Siegelman's chief attorney, Vince Kilborn, questioned his client's treatment and said the defense has been mostly unable to talk to him while preparing legal pleadings seeking his release on bond by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "It's impossible to represent somebody on an emergency motion like this without being able to talk to him," Kilborn said. Kilborn said Siegelman has been assigned to...
  • Former governor now lives in small cell 23 hours a day

    07/10/2007 8:49:40 PM PDT · by bshomoic · 30 replies · 1,520+ views
    AP ^ | 7/10/07
    Former governor now lives in small cell 23 hours a day 7/10/2007, 5:34 p.m. ET By BOB JOHNSON The Associated Press (AP) — MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who once lived in the governor's mansion and crisscrossed the state on airplanes to announce new industries and meet with civic leaders, is now confined to a small prison cell 23 hours a day, with no way to even know what time of day it is. One of his lawyers, David McDonald, visited the 61-year-old Siegelman at the federal penitentiary in Atlanta on Tuesday and said the former governor,...
  • Former governor now lives in small cell 23 hours a day (Don Siegelman, Democrat)

    07/10/2007 6:42:37 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 48 replies · 1,693+ views
    AL.com ^ | 7/10/07 | BOB JOHNSON
    AP) — MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who once lived in the governor's mansion and crisscrossed the state on airplanes to announce new industries and meet with civic leaders, is now confined to a small prison cell 23 hours a day, with no way to even know what time of day it is. One of his lawyers, David McDonald, visited the 61-year-old Siegelman at the federal penitentiary in Atlanta on Tuesday and said the former governor, after 12 nights in custody, has lost weight, doesn't like the food, but is in good spirits. "He said he's being...
  • Judge says former Alabama governor doesn't have to pay restitution in corruption case

    07/09/2007 4:28:49 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 6 replies · 369+ views
    CBS 2 CHICAGO ^ | 09 JULY 2007 | AP
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) A federal judge ruled Monday that former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman does not have to pay $181,325 in restitution to a state agency as part of his punishment in a government corruption case. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller said he ordered restitution based on money the state lost in a bogus warehouse deal when Siegelman was governor. But since Siegelman was acquitted by a jury on charges related to the warehouse deal, he did not have to pay the restitution, the judge said. The jury convicted Siegelman and former HealthSouth Chief Executive Richard Scrushy last year on...
  • Siegelman, Scrushy Moved To Atlanta Federal Prison

    06/29/2007 8:51:19 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 12 replies · 981+ views
    NBC13.com ^ | 6/29/07 | Jeremy Gordinier
    ATLANTA -- Don Siegelman and Richard Scrushy were sentenced Thursday and began serving their sentences at a Federal Prison in Atlanta. They were taken into custody after an emotional day of testimony in the sentencing phase of their trials. Both men were found guilty on June 29th, 2006 for their involvement in a bribery scheme where Richard Scrushy arranged $500,000 in donations to Siegelman's campaign for a state lottery in exchange for a seat on a state hospital regulatory board. Siegelman was sentenced to seven years, four months in federal prison, 500 hours of community service, and forced to pay...
  • Siegelman, Scrushy taken into custody (Democrats in leg shackles)

    06/28/2007 6:57:07 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 14 replies · 1,099+ views
    The Birmingham News ^ | 6/28/07 | Charles Dean
    Former Gov. Don Siegelman and HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy were taken into custody tonight after being sentenced in federal court, and a prosecutor said they would be held overnight in a "local facility." Leslie Scrushy cried on the shoulder of a friend as her husband and Siegelman were escorted out of the courtroom by U.S. Marshals, and former first lady Lori Siegelman left the courthouse visibly shaken. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller sentenced Siegelman to seven years and four months in prison, three years of probation, restitution of $181,325, a $50,000 fine, and 500 hours of community service for...
  • Former DEMOCRATIC Governor of Alabama Gets 7 Years

    06/28/2007 6:06:37 PM PDT · by Moby Grape · 33 replies · 1,425+ views
    By BOB JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer 1 minute ago MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy got nearly seven years Thursday in a bribery and corruption case that the judge said damaged public trust in state government.
  • Siegelman, Scrushy get about 7 years (Former Alabama Gov., HealthSouth CEO)

    06/28/2007 5:53:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 867+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/07 | Bob Johnson - ap
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy got nearly seven years Thursday in a bribery and corruption case that the judge said damaged public trust in state government. Supporters of both men testified at their sentencing hearing, listing their good deeds as attorneys pleaded with U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller to show mercy. "While it is true the good far exceeds the bad, I must impose a fair punishment to reassure all that come before this court that justice is blind," Fuller said...
  • Siegelman gets seven-plus years

    06/28/2007 5:39:15 PM PDT · by mtnwmn · 9 replies · 534+ views
    The Birmingham News ^ | 6/28/07 | Posted by rsims
    Siegelman gets seven-plus years Posted by rsims June 28, 2007 7:20 PM A federal judge has sentenced former Gov. Don Siegelman to seven years and four months in prison, three years of probation, restitution of $181,325, a $50,000 fine, and 500 hours of community service for bribery, conspiracy and mail fraud.
  • Former Alabama governor, ex-CEO convicted - Siegelman, Scrushy

    06/29/2006 1:26:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 1,188+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/29/06 | Bob Johnson - ap
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Former Gov. Don Siegelman and former Health South CEO Richard Scrushy were convicted Thursday in a bribery scheme that derailed Siegelman's campaign to retake his former office. Siegelman, 60, was accused of trading government favors for campaign donations when he was governor from 1999 to 2003 and lieutenant governor from 1995 to 1999. Scrushy was accused of arranging $500,000 in donations to Siegelman's campaign for a state lottery in exchange for a seat on a state hospital regulatory board. The case was tried as Siegelman sought the Democratic nomination for governor, and the trial put him in...
  • Former AL Gov. Siegelman (D) and Richard Scrushy Convicted of Corruption

    06/29/2006 12:29:26 PM PDT · by subaru · 80 replies · 3,169+ views
    Siegelman guilty on 10 counts; Scrushy guilty on all counts; Hamrick and Roberts not guilty.
  • Siegelman ad troubles trial judge

    06/03/2006 4:15:27 PM PDT · by AzaleaCity5691 · 11 replies · 326+ views
    The Mobile Press-Register ^ | 6/3/2003 | Eddie Curran
    Siegelman ad troubles trial judge Saturday, June 03, 2006 By EDDIE CURRAN Staff Reporter MONTGOMERY -- A TV ad by Don Siegelman's gubernatorial campaign that links Gov. Bob Riley to the prosecution of Siegelman sparked a warning to jurors Friday from the federal judge presiding over that case. Though U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller didn't specifically identify the ad he'd seen that morning, Siegelman and others acknowledged that it was a piece that began airing statewide Thursday. Fuller told jurors that if campaign ads referring to the trial were to come to their attention, they were to ignore the...
  • Democrat Siegelman narrows poll gap against Baxley (Alabama)

    02/22/2006 8:42:34 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 12 replies · 360+ views
    TimesDaily ^ | 2/22/06
    A new poll shows former Gov. Don Siegelman has overcome months of scandal to narrow a big gap against Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor, but many voters remain undecided. A Mobile Register-University of South Alabama poll conducted Feb. 9 through Feb. 16 showed 37 percent for Baxley and 34 percent for Siegelman, with 29 percent unsure of who to support. The poll results reflect responses from 400 people statewide who identified themselves as registered, likely voters in this year's Democratic primary. The margin of error is plus or minus 5 percentage points,...
  • Jury Indicts Siegelman, Scrushy (Former Alabama Gov., HealthSouth Chairman)

    12/13/2005 5:00:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 290+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/13/05 | Phillip Rawls - ap
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A federal grand jury on Monday indicted former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth Chairman Richard Scrushy on more charges in a political corruption case. The new indictment accuses Scrushy of paying off Siegelman for a seat on the state health regulatory board, and accuses both men of wielding improper influence over the board. Siegelman called the latest grand jury action another attempt to destroy his Democratic campaign for governor. "They are going to try to pull every trick in the book to manipulate the 2006 election," he said Monday. Federal prosecutors have said repeatedly that...
  • Indicted Former Alabama Governor Allowed To Carry Gun

    10/29/2005 10:39:33 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 8 replies · 390+ views
    AP/NBC13-TV (Alabama) ^ | 10/28/05 | n/a
    Indicted Former Alabama Governor Allowed To Carry Gun POSTED: 11:10 am CDT October 28, 2005 MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Former Governor Don Siegelman is getting to do something that most people under indictment can't do -- carry a gun. At Siegelman's arraignment Thursday on government corruption charges, U.S. Magistrate Charles Coody told Siegelman that his indictment would prevent him from carrying a firearm. Siegelman and his attorney, Doug Jones, asked Coody to reconsider. Jones said Siegelman has carried a gun for many years. He explained that Siegleman helped put people in prison when he was Alabama's attorney general and there had...
  • Ex-Ala Gov{D}, Richard Scrushy Indicted On Conspiracy Charges

    10/27/2005 5:45:50 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 5 replies · 318+ views
    Morningstar/AP ^ | 10-27-05
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)--Federal prosecutors in Alabama have re-indicted two of the state's most recent high-profile defendants, former Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth Corp. (HLSH) Chief Executive Richard Scrushy. The indictments announced Wednesday, which included two other former state officials, accuse the men of belonging to what the government called a " widespread racketeering conspiracy." The charges come five months after Scrushy was acquitted of masterminding a $ 2.7 billion accounting fraud at HealthSouth. They also may complicate Siegelman's campaign to reclaim the governorship next year. Prosecutors also indicted two other men - Siegelman's chief of staff, Paul Michael Hamrick,...
  • Ex-Ala. governor indicted in conspiracy (D - Siegelman)

    10/26/2005 4:56:39 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 626+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/26/05 | AP
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A federal grand jury has indicted former Gov. Don Siegelman and three others in a "widespread racketeering conspiracy" that included bribery and extortion, prosecutors announced Wednesday. The prosecutors said Siegelman and former Chief of Staff Paul Hamrick violated racketeering laws during his term from 1999 to 2003. The indictment, in part, alleges that Richard Scrushy, former chief of the HealthSouth hospital chain, made disguised payments totaling $500,000 to Siegelman to get appointed to a key hospital regulatory board. Former state Transportation Director Gary Mack Roberts was charged with fraud for his alleged role in influencing the agency...
  • Siegelman says he'll run for governor in '06 (Alabama)

    09/18/2005 6:48:10 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 12 replies · 580+ views
    The Birmingham News ^ | 9/17/05 | Bob Johnson
    MONTGOMERY - Former Gov. Don Siegelman is no longer using the word "if" when he talks about running for governor next year. "I intend to be a candidate for governor in 2006," Siegelman told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Washington, where he was raising money for his campaign. "I have listened to the people of Alabama. I have learned that a good many of them want me in this race." He wants to get the campaign for governor started early and has suggested a series of debates, starting in November, featuring the major players he expects to...
  • Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley Front-Runner In Alabama Governor's Race, Says Latest Poll

    02/20/2005 10:02:38 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 46 replies · 2,925+ views
    The Mobile Register ^ | February 20, 2005 | Bill Barrow
    In the survey's hypothetical general election pairings, Baxley drew 39% to Riley's 35%. She led Moore 44% to 38%.
  • Democratic Party funds diverted to Boston bank (Alabama Democratic Party)

    08/04/2004 7:04:47 PM PDT · by yellowhammer · 12 replies · 815+ views
    Mobile Register ^ | Tuesday, August 03, 2004 | EDDIE CURRAN
    Democratic Party funds diverted to Boston bank Federal grand jury probes handling of $200,000 in campaign donations Tuesday, August 03, 2004 By EDDIE CURRAN MONTGOMERY -- Perhaps as much as $200,000 in campaign donations made to the Alabama Democratic Party in August and September of 1999 were diverted to a Boston bank, according to people who have testified before a federal grand jury in Montgomery, are set to testify in the future, and others familiar with the matter. It's not clear from those interviewed who controlled the money at the time or why the donations weren't initially included on...
  • Grand Jury Indicts Siegelman, 2 Others (Blames GOP Politics)

    05/28/2004 3:39:45 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 384+ views
    Mobile Register ^ | 5-28-2004 | Sally Ownr/Joe Danborn/Kaff Amy
    Grand jury indicts Siegelman, 2 othersSiegelman characterizes charges as 'baseless' attack by Republicans against him and other Democrats Friday, May 28, 2004 By SALLIE OWEN, JOE DANBORN and JEFF AMY Staff Reporters Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and his former chief of staff were indicted with a third person by a federal grand jury in Birmingham on charges they illegally rigged bids for medical services, prosecutors announced Thursday. The 25-page indictment alleges that while he was governor, Siegelman and his chief of staff, Paul Hamrick, manipulated the bid process to help Dr. Phillip Bobo of Tuscaloosa win a multimillion-dollar Medicaid...
  • (Gov) Riley Trails (Chief Justice) Moore, Siegelman In New Poll [AL Governor]

    11/17/2003 12:28:34 PM PST · by BlackRazor · 16 replies · 183+ views
    NBC13 ^ | 11/17/03 | N/A
    Riley Trails Moore, Siegelman In New Poll Only Three Out Of 10 Polled Approved Of Riley's Performance POSTED: 10:06 AM CST November 17, 2003 MOBILE, Ala. -- Republican Governor Bob Riley's approval rating was low in a new poll released Sunday that showed him running behind former Chief Justice Roy Moore and ex-Governor Don Siegelman in a 2006 re-election scenario. Riley chief of staff Toby Roth attributed the low approval rating to the state's financial troubles, which he says were inherited from the Siegelman administration. Almost a year into Riley's first term, the Mobile Register-University of South Alabama survey of...
  • Alabama Supreme Court to Decide Recount Issue (7-1 GOP Court)

    11/15/2002 8:41:23 AM PST · by CWW · 2 replies · 256+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 11/15/02 | Phillip Rawls
    Supreme Court sets quick schedule on recount By PHILLIP RAWLS The Associated Press 11/15/02 10:25 AM MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- The Alabama Supreme Court set a rapid schedule for deciding whether to block Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman's attempts to get a statewide recount over Republican Bob Riley's 3,117-vote lead. The Supreme Court will start taking legal briefs on Monday and hear arguments from both sides on Thursday morning, Clerk Bob Esdale said Friday. "This gives the message this court is going to make a determination in a hurry," Esdale said. Siegelman's supporters have petitioned for a recount in every county...
  • Some Democrats believe Siegelman should concede

    11/14/2002 2:21:47 PM PST · by jpthomas · 5 replies · 220+ views
    The Huntsville Times ^ | 11/14/02 | JOHN PECK
    Party veterans say long battle by governor would be harmful MONTGOMERY - Several Democratic Party veterans and other experts say Gov. Don Siegelman should concede to Republican Bob Riley or sharply limit his demand for a recount in his razor-thin loss. A prolonged legal battle for a statewide recount could harm the party, they say, further test the patience of a campaign-weary electorate and hurt his chances if he runs again someday. Most of the observers said in interviews Tuesday they wouldn't criticize the governor for exploring his options in such a tight election. But they question his call for...
  • Tuscaloosa County moves to recount governor's race [Alabama's SoreLoserman]

    11/13/2002 5:39:29 AM PST · by Quilla · 27 replies · 335+ views
    Associated Press via al.com ^ | November 13, 2002 | none credited
    Election officials in two counties have granted Gov. Don Siegelman's request to recount the votes from last week's election for governor that showed Republican Bob Riley with a 3,117-vote lead. James Smith, Tuscaloosa County Democratic chairman, said the three members of the county's election canvassing board approved a recount Tuesday, pending the posting of a $5,000 bond to cover the recount, and the bond was quickly posted. County officials did not immediately set a date for the recount, but state law requires the county to give both sides 24 hours notice. Siegelman's supporters petitioned for a recount Friday in every...
  • I Mini Freeped Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman Today

    11/11/2002 10:26:57 PM PST · by Jael · 80 replies · 524+ views
    me | 11-11-02 | me
    Hi Everyone. I put a mini Freep into action today at the largest Veteran's Day Parade in the USA. So it seemed only fitting that I should lurk no more and share with you all. My 11 year old son and I went to the Parade to pay our respects. My Dad's cousin Maj. James Carlton was MIA in 'Nam. My grandfather was in London during the Blitz. (He came home a changed man for sure.) My Uncle Earl was a Helicopter Gunner in 'Nam. He was my hero! He died after the war. We also wanted to pay our...
  • Recount in Alabama Dealt Setback

    11/09/2002 7:42:49 AM PST · by StopDemocratsDotCom · 59 replies · 338+ views
    AP ^ | 11-8-2002 | PHILLIP RAWLS
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman's call for a statewide recount suffered a blow Friday when the Republican attorney general said sealed ballots can't be opened just because the governor trails his GOP challenger. The opinion of Attorney General Bill Pryor came as Alabama's 67 counties certified their votes, with official results showing Siegelman trailing GOP Rep. Bob Riley (news, bio, voting record) by 3,117 votes. In some counties there was a change from the unofficial numbers reported Tuesday night, but not enough to change the outcome. "You can't break the seal based on not liking the count,"...
  • Siegelman Asks For Statewide Recount In Governor's Election (Alabama)

    11/08/2002 5:04:12 AM PST · by blam · 32 replies · 317+ views
    Mobilr Register ^ | 11-08-2002 | Sean Reilly/Jeff Amy
    Siegelman asks for statewide recount in governor's election 11/08/02 By SEAN REILLY and JEFF AMY Staff Reporters MONTGOMERY -- Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman, trailing by some 3,200 votes after Tuesday's election, asked Thursday for a recount of every ballot cast in the state. Try Our Classifieds The request brought a harsh denunciation from a lawyer for Republican challenger Bob Riley of Ashland, but a spokesman stopped short of saying that legal action was planned. In an increasingly charged standoff with no Alabama precedent in recent memory, the two men are deadlocked over who won. While Riley has claimed victory on...