Siegelman Appeal: Court Reverses Two Counts, But Upholds Others

March 6, 2009 8:12 a.m.

The court that’s hearing Don Siegelman’s appeal of his conviction on bribery charges has reversed two of the counts of which the former Alabama governor was found guilty — but upheld several others.

In an order issued today, a US appeals court reversed two counts related to Richard Scrushy’s activities while on the state board to which Siegelman appointed him.

However, it upheld the several charges related to Siegelman’s appointment of Scrushy to the board in the first place, which was found to have come in exchange for campaign contributions — the heart of the case against Siegelman.

The court also ordered a new sentencing hearing, in light of the reversal of the two counts. It’s unclear as yet how those reversals will affect Siegelman’s sentencing.

We’ve put in calls to Siegelman and his lawyers, and will be back with more soon.

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