Ex-AL gov. Don Siegelman freed pending appeal
Former Alabama governor Don Siegelman is set to be released from prison today, by order of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals:
A federal appeals court on Thursday ordered Siegelman released pending the appeal of his corruption case. Prison spokeswoman Tammy Jarvis said he cannot be released until court documents are received, but the papers were expected sometime Friday.
In its ruling, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the former governor had raised "substantial questions of fact and law" in challenging his conviction. [TIME]
Siegelman will go free pending an appeal of his conviction for bribery. For some reason, Richard Scrushy, Siegelman's co-defendant (who allegedly offered the bribe), will not be released pending appeal.
The House Judiciary Committee wants to hear Siegelman's testimony about his alleged selective prosecution by US Attorneys.