Former Governor Don Siegelman Released from Federal Prison
News of former Governor Don Siegelman’s release from federal prison traveled fast in the Capital City Wednesday. Many people in Montgomery were happy to hear the news.
Siegelman served as governor from 1999 to 2003. In 2006, he was convicted of bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges for selling a seat on the state health board to HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy in exchange for $500,000 in donations to his campaign to establish a state lottery.
Many people, though, question the fairness of the trial that convicted the former governor. A group of over 100 former state Attorneys General asked former President Barack Obama to pardon Siegelman. They say the trial was tainted by politics.
Former President Obama did not pardon him before he left office. Now, Siegelman is being released on restricted supervised probation which should last six months. After that, he will be placed on unsupervised probation but it is not clear how long that will last. Many people in Montgomery say this release should’ve come many years earlier.
“It’ll never right the injustice of seven years for a supposed crime that he committed. I think it was just a total travesty,” explained Patrick Jordan.
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