Siegelman Trial Timetable
Obviously this would put the trial in the midst of the gubernatorial campaign. This timetable poses problems for Siegelman's candidacy. Instead of being on the campaign trail full time, Siegelman will be stuck in a Montgomery courtroom. But more importantly he will take a public relations hit as the media covers the trial in the middle of campaign season.
Hypothetically it is possible that a "not guilty" verdict cwould give Siegelman enough media attention and a fresh political start to run a 6-8 week sprint to the June primary.
However, if Siegelman is convicted before the April 7 filing deadline could we see a new Democratic candidate emerge to take on Lucy Baxley. Maybe someone along the lines of Folsom, Hammett, or Dow?
Lucy Baxley certainly stands to benefit from the Siegelman trial, but the uncertainty looks to continue until at least March or April. And that is good news for Republicans.