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MARCH 04 2008

1. Siegelman attorneys ready to begin appeals process
2. The Forgotten Charge Against Don Siegelman
3. McCain Gets Riley Endorsement After Years Of Political Help
4. Prosecutors Say Siegelman Should Remain In Prison During Appeal
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Siegelman attorneys ready to begin appeals
process
By Brian Lyman of Mobile Press Register

An attorney for Don Siegelman said Monday that an official transcript
of the trial has been all but completed, and he expects to file an
appeal next month of the former governor's conviction on bribery and
obstruction of justice charges.

"There were sidebars that were separate portions, and I'm not positive
we have all that," said Vince Kilborn, who defended Siegelman in the
trial. "We have enough to begin writing the briefs."

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The Forgotten Charge Against Don Siegelman
by Roger Shuler of Legal Schnauzer

....Siegelman was convicted of one count of bribery and one count of
obstruction of justice. But by far, the stickiest charge against him was
honest-services mail fraud. He was convicted of four counts of
honest-services mail fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit
honest-services mail fraud.

The final score? Five of the seven counts for which Siegelman was
convicted were related to honest-services mail fraud. (In all, the
former governor was convicted on seven counts and acquitted on 26
counts--not a particularly strong showing for the prosecution.)

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McCain Gets Riley Endorsement After Years
Of Political Help
by Sam Stein of The Huffington Post

...Indeed, as the Huffington Post reported last week, in the summer of
2006 McCain had access to an email from disgraced-lobbyist Jack
Abramoff that tied Riley to his influence peddling scandal. But instead
of including it in his Senate Indian Affairs Committee report, he sat on
it. A few months later, Riley was reelected.

At the time, McCain acknowledged that there were some public
officials with Abramoff connections, but insisted that it was not his job
to investigate them.

"There's strong evidence that there was significant wrongdoing, but
I'm not a judge or jury," he told Meet The Press. "I will not
[investigate], because I'm a chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee.

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Prosecutors Say Siegelman Should Remain
In Prison During Appeal
AP for NBC Channel 13

Federal prosecutors have told appeals court judges that former
Governor Don Siegelman should remain in prison while his conviction
in a government corruption case is being appealed.

Prosecutor Louis Franklin said the government believes Siegelman's
attorneys have not shown that the former governor has a substantial
chance of winning his case on appeal and therefore should remain in
federal prison.

But Siegelman's attorney Vince Kilborn said "that's a matter of
opinion."

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