By KIM CHANDLER
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman's bid for a new trial, in what could be the imprisoned Democrat's final bid for freedom.
Siegelman is seeking to overturn his 2006 conviction on bribery and obstruction charges. Siegelman is also asking the court to cut his 6 1/2-year sentence prison sentence.
Defense lawyers will argue his trial was tainted by the involvement of a U.S. attorney with ties to GOP politics. Department of Justice lawyers say then-U.S. Attorney Leura Canary played no decision-making role in the case.
The arguments are scheduled for Tuesday in Atlanta.
Siegelman is serving his sentence at a Louisiana prison camp and is projected to get out of prison in 2017.