Court Won't Hear Siegelman, Scrushy Appeals


The U.S. Supreme Court will not take another look
at the bribery conviction of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy.

The high court Monday turned away the two men's appeals.

Siegelman was convicted of selling a seat on a hospital regulatory board to Scrushy in exchange for $500,000 in donations to Siegelman's 1999 campaign to establish a state lottery.

Siegelman's lawyers wanted to argue that campaign donations can't be bribes unless there's a clear agreement between the donor and the politician, and that there was no such agreement in
Siegelman's case.

Siegelman has been free on bond while appealing
his conviction, while the courts refused to free Scrushy.

The appeals were turned away without comment.

Siegelman says his "heart is broken" over the high court's decision.

In a statement, Siegelman says law professors plus current and former attorneys general from both political parties backed his appeal. He says he hopes something positive comes out of the case
in the future.

Scrushy is nearly finished with his prison sentence. Siegelman faces a new sentencing hearing. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller could send Siegelman
back to prison. A date hasn't been set for the new hearing.


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