by Glynn Wilson
ATLANTA, Ga. — Supporters of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman are gathering in the Capitol City of the South Monday night for what they hope will be a quick, dramatic end to a legal and political ordeal that started about the time the Alabama governor’s race for 2006 kicked off three years ago.
While they are not getting their hopes up too high, they are looking at a similar case in Wisconsin, where a panel of judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit immediately reversed Wisconsin civil servant Georgia L. Thompson’s conviction, a Democrat convicted of federal corruption charges in 2006, the day of the oral arguments in her appeal on April 5, 2007. Without waiting until completion of a written decision, the judges ordered that Thompson be released from Federal Correctional Institution “without delay.” Judge Diane Wood called the prosecution’s evidence “beyond thin.”
That’s what some Siegelman supporters hope to see Tuesday when an all-Republican three-judge federal panel considers the appeal in oral arguments.
“We feel if they follow the rule of law, that governor Siegelman will be totally exonerated,” said Pam Miles, a member of the Alabama Democratic Party executive committee who worked in Siegelman’s 2006 campaign and runs the most influential e-mail list in state.
To read more on the Thompson case, check her Wikipedia page for starters.
WHNT in Huntsville carried an advance story today, including quotes from Siegelman:
“I’m fighting not just for myself,” Siegelman told WHNT. “I’m fighting for everybody in this country.”
Pundits predicted the Democrat was destined down a path toward national politics. Instead, Siegelman was reduced to dumping filth mopped from the floor of a federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana. It’s an image burned in the minds of many of his supporters. A camera crew captured video of Siegelman, dressed in prison garb, as he emptied a dirty mop bucket on the compound of the Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex.
“If they can do this to me, as a former governor of the state, then they can do it to you,” Siegelman said.
The Mobile Press-Register also managed an advance story today, including one nugget from Art Leach, an attorney for Scrushy.
“The judges make up their minds what they want clarified,” he said. “There will be pointed questions toward both sides because they see inconsistencies and issues they want addressed.”
Scrushy remains in a federal penitentiary in Texas, Leach said. “He’s fine. He’s upbeat and optimistic.”
We will be filing the news on what happens in the courtroom Tuesday as soon as possible after the hearing. Meanwhile, it’s Yuengling time in Hot ‘Lanta…
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