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Siegelman and Scrushy want convictions reversed

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Attorneys for former Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy say the two committed no crimes and their convictions in a federal government corruption case should be overturned.

The attorneys filed briefs with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday arguing that prosecutors did not prove there was an explicit quid pro quo agreement between Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy.

Scrushy also argued in his brief that the convictions should be reversed because of misconduct by jurors.

Siegelman's brief argues that the court should not look at the bribery charges in the same way it would if the charge involved money that went directly to Siegelman.

Instead, the bribery charge involved $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman's 1999 campaign for a statewide lottery.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) AP-NY-09-29-08 1507EDT

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