Siegelman Takes Appeal to Supreme Court

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Former Alabama governor, Don Siegelman, filed a new appeal of his 2006 federal government corruption conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday, suggesting he was "convicted of things that are not crimes."

Siegelman's attorney, Sam Heldman, says the appeal questions whether a campaign contribution can be used for a bribe.

The appeal also questions whether there must be an explicit quid pro quo if a campaign contribution is offered as a bribe.

Siegelman is appealing the latest decision of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that threw out two charges, but turned down much of his appeal.

Siegelman's appeal to the Supreme Court seeks to clarify for all candidates for public office whether a campaign contribution can be used as a bribe.

Prosecutors says Siegelman appointed former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to an important hospital regulatory board in exchange for Scrushy arranging $50,000 in contributions to Siegelman's campaign for a statewide lottery.

The appeal questions how the case could affect elected officials nationwide who appoint campaign contributors to positions in their administrations.

Siegelman has served nine months of a more than seven-year federal prison sentence. He is currently free on an appeal bond and faces a new sentencing hearing if the Supreme Court turns down his appeal.

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