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June 28, 2007

Former gov Siegelman and former CEO Scrushy both get around 7 Years

As detailed in this AP article, "former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy got nearly seven years Thursday in a bribery and corruption case that the judge said damaged public trust in state government."  Here are a few details from the article:

Supporters of both men had testified at their sentencing hearing, listing the men's good deeds as their attorneys pleaded with U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller to show mercy.

"While it is true the good far exceeds the bad, I must impose a fair punishment to reassure all that come before this court that justice is blind," Fuller said in sentencing Siegelman.  Both men were immediately taken into custody after the judge denied defense requests to let them remain free while they appeal....

Fuller had increased the possible sentence range for Siegelman to more than 15 years earlier Thursday and left Scrushy's possible range at eight to 10 years. But he was not bound by the guidelines. Prosecutors asked for 30 years for Siegelman and 25 for Scrushy, while the defense pleaded for probation for both.

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