From the AP
Federal prosecutors are no longer seeking stiffer prison sentences for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy.
Prosecutors filed a motion this week with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking that their appeals of the sentences be dropped. Their appeal had sought a longer prison term than Siegelman's more than seven-year sentence and Scrushy's almost seven-year sentence.
The longer sentences that had been originally requested in the prosecutors' appeal were 30 years for Siegelman, and 25 years for Scrushy.
Late last week, Siegelman received a surge of support from a bi-partisan group of 54 former state attorneys general when they filed
a friend of the court brief with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Siegelman's appeal of his conviction.
On Monday, Richard Scrushy filed his appeal with the 11th Circuit, requesting the court throw out his conviction in the corruption case that snared him and Siegelman, arguing that there was a lack of evidence and that jurors improperly communicated by e-mail.