In this file photo taken Nov. 2, 2011, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman talks with reporters outside the Federal Courthouse in Montgomery, Ala. Siegelman is headed back to federal court Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, for a new sentencing hearing for his conviction on bribery and other charges. Judge Mark Fuller will decide Siegelman’s new sentence in Montgomery and could order him to immediately return to federal prison after more than four years of freedom.Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Former Gov. Don Siegelman is asking a federal appeals court to grant him a new trial on his 2006 bribery conviction.
Siegelman's attorneys filed papers with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that the case was tainted by the U.S. attorney in Montgomery having ties to Republican politics. They also argued that the trial judge erred in sentencing the former Democratic governor.
Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, who was convicted with Siegelman, raised the U.S. attorney argument in his appeal, and it was rejected by the 11th Circuit last month.
One of Siegelman's attorneys said his legal team now includes Gregory Craig, a former White House counsel for President Barack Obama
Siegelman is serving a six and one-half year sentence at a federal prison in Oakdale, La.