Ex-Alabama Gov. Siegelman says Trump should pardon him

Ex-Alabama Gov. Siegelman says Trump should pardon him

September 10th, 2017 by Associated Press in Breaking News

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2011 file photo, former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman departs the Federal courthouse in Montgomery, Ala. The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from Siegelman over his prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice. The justices had no comment Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, on their order letting stand a lower court ruling that rejected his request for a new sentencing hearing. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

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Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman says President Donald Trump should pardon him for his 2006 conviction in a political corruption case.

Siegelman now says a presidential pardon would make clear that campaign contributions are not bribes. He made the argument Thursday to Fox Business Network's Neil Cavuto.

Siegelman and health care executive Richard Scrushy were convicted on federal charges related to contributions Scrushy made to a lottery referendum campaign during Siegelman's 1999-2003 term as governor.

Prosecutors said the contributions were effectively a payoff in exchange for Siegelman reappointing Scrushy to a key hospital regulatory board.

Siegelman recently finished a 78-month sentence, during which he lost several appeals.

The 71-year-old was the last Democrat elected governor in Alabama. He's said from the outset the case was a Republican witch hunt.