Conviction of former AL governor upheld

Conviction of former AL governor upheld

(WAFF) - A federal appeals court has upheld the bribery conviction and prison sentence of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.

The 11th United States Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Siegelman was not entitled to a new trial.

The judges also upheld Siegelman's 78-month prison sentence.

Siegelman has been fighting to overturn his 2006 conviction in a government corruption case. He filed a bond request as the appeals process went on, but that request was denied in December 2014.

A federal jury convicted Siegelman of appointing former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to a state board in exchange for campaign donations.

Siegelman, a Democrat, had argued that a prosecutor with ties to GOP politics remained involved in his case despite her recusal.

Federal judges said there was no evidence she influenced the prosecution team.

PDF: Siegelman's conviction upheld

Siegelman is projected to get out of prison in 2017. He will be on supervised release for three years afterward.

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