.
MARCH 27 2008

1. BREAKING NEWS: DON SIEGELMAN TO BE RELEASED FROM
PRISON
2. Jailed Ex - Governor Sought for Testimony
3. Court of Appeals Sets Governor Siegelman Free As Congress
Calls Siegelman to Testify in Continued Probe of Political Prosecutions
4. Allows Siegelman release from Prison pending appeal
5. Siegelman Case Political? Ask the GOP
6. House Panel Seeks Testimony of Former Gov. Siegelman
7. Court Orders Siegelman Released
8. Republican Party Responds to Siegelman Release
..............................................................................................................
BREAKING NEWS: DON SIEGELMAN TO
BE RELEASED FROM PRISON















............................................................................................................Jailed Ex
- Governor Sought for Testimony
AP for NYT

....
Attorney General Michael Mukasey indicated that he would not
support the request for a temporary release but said that officials
might arrange for Siegelman's testimony in some other way.

Under the committee's plan, Siegelman, a Democrat sentenced to
serve more than seven years in a Louisiana prison, would travel to
Washington in May under guard of the U.S. Marshals Service, said
Melanie Roussell, a spokeswoman for the committee.

....Traveling in California, Mukasey said of the request: ''I suppose if
they really want to talk to him, there must be a way to do it by remote
hookup. ... We generally don't let people out of jail.''

<link to source>
...................................................................................................................................................
Court of Appeals Sets Governor Siegelman
Free As Congress Calls Siegelman to Testify
in Continued Probe of Political Prosecutions
by Scott Horton of Harper's No Comment

Today was a news double-header for former Alabama Governor Don
E. Siegelman. In an order issued by the Court of Appeals in Atlanta,
Siegelman’s request to be set free pending his appeal was granted.
The court noting that it had reviewed the decision of District Court
Judge Mark Fuller for “clear error” and had considered legal issues
de novo stated that:

    Siegelman has satisfied the criteria set out in the statute and
    has specifically met his burden of showing that his appeal
    raises substantial questions of law or fact.

<link to source>
...................................................................................................................................................
Court allows Siegelman release from prison
pending appeal
by Bob Johnson of Associated Press ( in Al.com)

A federal appeals court approved the release of former Alabama Gov.
Don Siegelman on bond Thursday while he appeals his conviction in a
corruption case.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the former governor had
raised "substantial questions of fact and law" in challenging his
conviction.

<link to source>

...................................................................................................................................................
Siegelman Case Political? Ask the State GOP
by Tommy Stevenson of Stevensblog at Tuscaloosa News

....Hubbard said that "the former Governor's release pending appeal
does not change the conviction by a jury of his peers. It would be
premature to turn this development into anything other than a
formality."  (see below)

Formality? Tell that to Siegelman and his family who should be
joyously reunited after nine months Friday. And what is a political
party official doing issuing a statement that also said he was
"disappointed" in the appeal court's decision?

I don't have the legal chops to hazard a guess about whether or not
Siegelman will prevail in his appeal of a seven year sentence on
corruption charges, but I am certainly relieved that he will be a free
man as he pursues that appeal.


<link to source>

....................................................................................................................................................
House Panel Seeks Testimony
Of Former Gov. Siegelman
AP for the WSJ Online

....The House Judiciary Committee asked the Justice Department
Thursday to temporarily release former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman
from prison in early May to testify before Congress about possible
political influence over his prosecution.

Committee Chairman John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, believes
Mr. Siegelman could provide important information about Justice
Department practices under President Bush, according to the panel's
spokeswoman.

<link to source>
................................................................................................................................................
Court Orders Siegelman Released
by Brian Lyman and Sean Reilly, Staff Reporters with Mobile Press Register

....Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin, who prosecuted Siegelman
and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, said he was
"absolutely" surprised by the court's ruling, but added the government
would continue to contest Siegelman's appeal.

"We lost this battle, but we'll still fight for the conviction," he said. "One
has nothing to do with the other."

<link to source>

....................................................................................................................................................
Republican Party Responds to Siegelman
Release
WSFA TV Montgomery Alabama

Birmingham, AL - The Alabama Republican Party is disappointed in
today's ruling by the 11th Circuit Court and their decision to release
former Governor Don Siegelman pending his appeal of the 6 counts
of bribery and the 1 count of obstruction for which he was
convicted.     

Representative Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn), Chairman of the Alabama
Republican Party stated "the former Governor's release pending
appeal does not change the conviction by a jury of his peers. It would
be premature to turn this development into anything other than a
formality."

<link to source>
.........................................................................
__________________________________________________________________________________________

Sponsored by Friends of Don Siegelman  2007
<feedback>________________________________________________________________________________
__________
.........................................................................
Enter Get up to speed fast!Find out who Don Siegelman really is.Meet the people who played a role in the prosecution.What can you do to help? Find out here.Get in touch with us.
You need Java to see this applet.
Home page for the Media Archive concerning Don SiegelmanPress and Media before 2008Press 2008Press 2009Last Month's PressThis month's and recent press
In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is posted without profit for those who have expressed interest in this
information for research and educational purposes. DonSiegleman.org has no affiliation whatsoever with the originators of these
articles nor is DonSiegleman.org endorsed or sponsored by the originator(s).

"Go to ..." and "more" links are provided as a convenience to our readers and allow for verification of authenticity. However, as
originating pages are often updated by their originating host sites, the versions posted on this site may not match the versions our
readers view when clicking the "Go to Original" links.
St Valentine was the patron saint
of political prisoners. That
makes Don Siegelman the St.
Valentine of Alabama!
.........................................................................
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Michael Mukasey, the new U.S.
Attorney General,  does not support
the request for a temporary release
for Siegelman.
.........................................................................
photo: Huffington Post

Franklin claims he is "absolutely"
surprised by the court's ruling...
"We lost this battle, but we'll still
fight for the conviction," he said.
"One has nothing to do with the
other."
Conyers believes that Governor
Siegelman's testimony could shed
light on the Justice Department
under President Bush.
Dan Abrams of MSNBC
Breaking News: In a stunning
decision released today
Governor Siegelman was
released pending appeal .
photo: public domain

Mike Hubbard, head of the
Alabama Republican Party,
released a statement claiming
that the 11th Circuit Court's
release of Governor Siegelman
is merely a formality.
.........................................................................
.........................................................................
.........................................................................
.........................................................................
Release Order from the
11th Circuit Court of
Appeals

.PDF of Siegelman Release
HERE