Federal prosecutors are calling for a 20 year sentence for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, according to a letter from the prosecutors and obtained by The Associated Press.
Siegelman was sentenced in June 2006 to seven years in federal prison on corruption charges, but is out on bond pending an appeal. We previously reported that he wants the full 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to review an earlier decision by a smaller three-judge panel that let his conviction stand.
Alabama U.S. Attorneys Leura Canary and Alice Martin brought bribery and mail fraud charges against Siegelman in 2005, but the AP reported that Canary has since excused herself from the case. Members of Congress and 44 former U.S. Attorneys have questioned the conviction, which many critics have claimed is the politically-motivated work of then-Bush aide Karl Rove among other Republican officials.
“It’s evident that this team of prosecutors are biased and hell-bent to uphold this conviction and try to punish me as much as they can,“ Siegelman told AP about this latest move.
The Justice Department would not comment on the letter, AP said.
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