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Monday, January 23, 2006

Siegelman Verdict To Come Before Primary

US District Judge Mark Fuller recommended a May 1 starting date for the trial of Don Siegelman and other co-defendants. The expectation seems to be that if the trial were to begin on that date then the verdict should come before the June 6 primary.

This would afford Siegelman a last minute primary push if he's found "not guilty" of the charges and also prevent Democrats from nominating Siegelman just to have him convicted after the primary election. So while Republicans would surely like to see the Siegelman spectacle drawn out for as long as possible, Democrats should be glad the trial will be in the rearview mirror come June 6.

Last week also saw the release of grand jury testimony in which Siegelman's former executive secretary, Nick Bailey, testified that Siegelman received $500K from Richard Scrushy in order to place the latter on a contract review board. That allegation is likely to be a center piece of the government's case against the two men.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone please tell me the difference between Siegleman appointing a financial supporter to a State board and the President of the US appointing financial supporters to US Attorney, Federal Judgeships, and as diplomatic ambassadors?

7:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, see, the difference is that Siegelman is a Democrat. Only Democrats are prosecuted by Republicans. Republicans get a free pass. This is especially the case when the U.S. attorney in Alabama was one of Bob Riley's biggest supporters in the 2002 election. I hope this clears things up.

11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I believe the difference is that Gov. Siegleman demanded money from Mr. Scrushy in exchange for the CON appointment. But only time will tell us what the truth is. We will probably never get to the bottom of Mr. Scrushy's tangled web of crime.

As far as Republicans prosecuting Democrats is concerned, That is just a cop out. This is an old argument and unlike good wine, does not get better with time. If you commit a crime, then you should be prosecuted regardless if you are a Republican or a Democrat.

12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Only Democrats are prosecuted by Republicans. Republicans get a free pass."

Your logic makes no sense, and you have no evidence to support your claim. I guess the best word for it is, well, ridiculous.

12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why does the justice sytem owe siegelman anything? it is not the justice system's problem that this is an election year. and who does siegelman think he is, jesus christ? siegelman wont be rising on the 3rd day, unless its from a bunk at leavenworth.

1:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the really scary thing about siegelmans web of corruption is that only one incident was reported in the paper. (nick's version of siggy's scrushy quid pro quo. Siggy has been indicted under rico, pattern and practice corruption. What else must the feds have proof that siegelman did, worse than this?
I guess it must be the GH Construction corruption with bill blount and lanny young.

4:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Sig. will be convicted

7:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the only fitting punishment for siegelman is to send him to tutwiler for a long time. he doesnt like women.

8:34:00 AM  
Blogger The Alabama Moderate said...

Really, now... I've never known an "innocent" politician.

Regardless, Siegleman is pretty much out of the governor game. Guilty or not, his reputation is tarnished with Alabama voters. Baxley will likely win the primary.

12:23:00 PM  
Blogger The Alabama Moderate said...

My prediction for 2006, four more years of Riley. Not too bad as long as he doesn't try that stupid tax proposal again.

12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

siegelman is a lying homo rump ranger. ask nick and paul.

9:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Siegleman will beat this and win the Democratic primary. Riley still takes him down though. Unless Moore can scare enough people that is.

12:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Aunt Bee said...

wait till lanny young starts talking. plus there are many unindicted coconspirators that have cooperated. plus rumor says a new grand jury this spring.
aint no way anybody with any siegelman connection, democratic party/lottery campaign/ tobacco settlment money/gh construction connections gets out alive.
This gone be one whimdoozy of a fish fry this spring, and siggys cajones and the first dish of public sacrifice.

12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

is the miller hamilton law firm a grand jury target? inquiring minds think so....

12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

even when he is in prison we have to pay for him. he has lived off our taxes his whole life, then he stole more of our money and now we have to GIVE him food, lodging and healthcare? How bout just a firing squad. abuse of the public trust is murder, and he is guilty.

9:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

siegelman begs, screams and yells for a trial early so he can beat baxley. now he gets a trial date, may 1, and he says he cant get a fair trial in that federal court.
siegelman is a manipulative lying piece of gerbiled dung.

9:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The FBI should interview the Cunningham Harris firm that ran siegelman's money. Those guys should have an email trail and files on siegelman's activities. They ran his money for years and probably still do.

4:15:00 PM  
Anonymous elliot ness said...

it will be interesting and exciting to learn who forged lanny youngs name on the loan papers at the mayor jimmy ramage of brundidge bank, nick, blount, hamrick or did young sign them under duress, or willingly.
he denies its his signature and i dont blame him. ramage and blount are crony sigma nu and both carry wiley sanders money. ramage made the loan on future consideration. ie bond proceeds let by the montgomery redevelopment authority(blounts partner jimmy reynolds mother ran this from her city council seat, she has since resigned and i wonder why?). since when is an as yet unawarded bond contract fair game for collateral for a 1m dollar loan? this is bank fraud, securities fraud and outright corruption. I wonder why the ala dept of banking has been silent on this issue and where has the feds from teh OCC been and the FBI?
This is what siegelman has to look forward to. all these guys will drop a dime on him so fast it will make gerald wallace scratch out of his grave

11:12:00 AM  
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