3 judges named to hear Siegelman, Scrushy appeals

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Three judges with experience handling politically charged cases have been named to hear the appeals of former Gov. Don Siegelman and HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy.

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge J.L. Edmondson, Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat and Senior Judge James C. Hill will hear oral arguments Dec. 9 in Atlanta.

A federal jury convicted Scrushy and Siegelman on charges of bribery, conspiracy and mail fraud in 2006.

Prosecutors said Scrushy bribed Siegelman for a seat on the state Certificate of Need Review Board with $500,000 in donations to Siegelman's 1999 lottery campaign.

Siegelman, a Democrat, also was convicted on a separate obstruction of justice charge.

--- Information from: The Birmingham News

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