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Encyclopedia > Don Siegelman
Donald Eugene Siegelman


In office
January 18, 1999 – January 29, 2003
Lieutenant Steve Windom
Preceded by Fob James
Succeeded by Bob Riley

In office
January 16, 1995 – January 18, 1999
Governor Fob James
Preceded by Ryan DeGraffenried
Succeeded by Steve Windom

In office
January 1987 – January 1991
Governor H. Guy Hunt
Preceded by Charles Graddick
Succeeded by Jimmy Evans

In office
January 1979 – January 1987
Governor Fob James
George Wallace
Preceded by Agnes Baggett
Succeeded by Glen Browder

Born February 24 1946 ( 1946-02-24) (age 62)
Mobile, Alabama
Political party Democratic
Spouse Lori Allen
Profession Politician
Religion Roman Catholic

Donald Eugene Siegelman (born February 24, 1946) is an American Democratic politician. He was the governor of Alabama from 1999 to 2003. Don Siegelman is the only person in the history of Alabama to be elected to serve in all four of the top statewide elected offices: Secretary of State, Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Governor. He served in Alabama politics for 26 years, winning his first election for the governorship with 57% of the vote, including over 90% of the African-American electorate. Image File history File links DonSpeaking1. ... The following is a list of the territorial and state governors of Alabama. ... is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... is the 29th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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He was defeated for reelection in November 2002 by Representative Bob Riley by the narrowest margin in Alabama history: approximately 3,000 votes. The margin was controversial, as a voting machine malfunction in a single county produced the votes needed to give Siegelman the election. When the malfunction was corrected, Riley emerged the winner.[1] The recount, however, of that county's votes was affirmed by the state's Attorney General. For other uses, see November (disambiguation). ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Type Bicameral Speaker of the House of Representatives House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D) since January 4, 2007 Steny Hoyer, (D) since January 4, 2007 House Minority Leader John Boehner, (R) since January 4, 2007 Members 435 plus 4 Delegates and 1 Resident Commissioner Political groups Democratic Party Republican Party... Robert Renfroe Bob Riley (born October 3, 1944) is an American politician in the Republican Party. ... A voting machine is a device to record and register votes to be counted as per any voting system, with or without printing a ballot for the voter to verify. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ...


In 2006, a Federal jury convicted Siegelman on corruption charges, and he was sentenced to seven years in prison. He served some time at the satellite camp of the Federal Detention Center in Oakdale, Louisiana. On March 28, 2008, he was released on bond by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals pending his appeal.[2] Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... An empty jury box in an American courtroom For jury meaning makeshift, see jury rig. ... Oakdale is a small city in Allen Parish, Louisiana, United States. ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is a federal court with appellate jurisdiction over the following United States district courts: Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Alabama Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Georgia These districts were originally part...

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Personal life and early career

Don Siegelman was born and grew up in Mobile, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1968, and from Georgetown University Law Center and studied international law at the University of Oxford. While at the University of Alabama, Siegelman served as the President of the Student Government Association and member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. While in law school at Georgetown, Siegelman met his expenses by working as an officer in the United States Capitol Police. Prior to becoming Governor in 1999, he had served as Lieutenant Governor from 1995 to 1999, state Attorney General from 1987 to 1991, and Secretary of State from 1979 to 1987. Nickname: Coordinates: , Country State County Mobile Founded 1702 Incorporated 1814 Government  - Mayor Sam Jones Area  - City 412. ... The University of Alabama (also known as Alabama, UA or colloquially as Bama) is a public coeducational university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA. Founded in 1831, UA is the flagship school of the University of Alabama System. ... Georgetown University Law Center (Georgetown Law), is Georgetown Universitys law school, located in Washington, D.C., United States. ... The University of Oxford (informally Oxford University), located in the city of Oxford, England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... Delta Kappa Epsilon (ΔΚΕ; also pronounced D-K-E or Deke) was founded at Yale College in 1844 by 15 men of the sophomore class who, upon hearing that some but not all of them had been invited to join the two existing societies (Alpha Delta Phi and Psi Upsilon), instead... The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is a police force charged with protecting the United States Congress within the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories. ...


Siegelman is married to Lori Allen, and they have two children, Dana and Joseph. Siegelman is Catholic[3], and his wife Lori is Jewish; they raised their children Jewish. Joseph had a bar mitzvah, and Dana had a bat mitzvah at Montgomery's Conservative congregation, Agudath Israel Etz Ahayem. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Coordinates: , Country State County Montgomery Incorporated December 3, 1819 Government  - Mayor Bobby Bright Area  - City  156. ... This article is about Conservative (Masorti) Judaism in the United States. ...


Siegelman has studied martial arts for decades and holds a black belt in Kyokushin-style karate. Kyokushin is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Masutatsu Oyama (大山倍達) who was born under the name Choi Yeong-Eui (최영의). Kyokushinkai is Japanese for the society of the ultimate truth. ...


Governorship

Siegelman attempted to capitalize early in his administration on what had been the keystone issue of his campaign: a state lottery, with the proceeds funding free tuition at state universities for most high school graduates. Disregarding the advice of some supporters, Siegelman supported a bill that placed the lottery on a free-standing referendum ballot in 1999. The measure was defeated. Many analysts believe that the key to the lottery's defeat was the difference in turnout between supporters and opponents.[4] Some advisers had suggested that Siegelman wait until the regular 2000 elections, when anti-gambling interests would command a smaller percentage of the electorate. Lotteries in the United States are run by individual states -- there is no national lottery in the U.S. Most states have amended or re-written their constitutions to allow for a legal lottery. ...


After the defeat of the lottery, Siegelman struggled to deal with serious state budget problems. Alabama's tax system is historically sensitive to economic downturns, and tax revenues were down during most of his administration. Despite this, observers felt that Siegelman did a decent job of managing the limited revenue produced by this system during a national economic downturn.[citation needed] Taxes redirects here. ...


Among his recognized achievements, Siegelman launched the "Alabama Reading Initiative", an early education literacy program that was praised by both Democratic and Republican officials, and emulated by several other states. Also, he was able to eliminate virtually all portable classrooms in the state's public schools, making good on a platform of his campaign.[5]


Siegelman's term took place in the midst of an explosive growth in Alabama's automotive manufacturing industry. The first new major plant, for Mercedes-Benz, came to Alabama in the administration of Governor Jim Folsom, Jr. During Siegelman's administration, Mercedes agreed to double the size of that plant. Siegelman became an energetic industrial recruiter, visiting several countries and securing commitments from Toyota, Honda,[6] and Hyundai[7][8] to build major assembly plants in Alabama. This page is about the Mercedes-Benz brand of automobiles and trucks from the DaimlerChrysler automobile manufacturer. ... James Elisha Folsom, Jr. ... Toyota Motor Corporation ) is a multinational corporation headquartered in Japan, and currently is the worlds largest automaker. ... This article is about the Japanese motor corporation. ... South Korean business tycoon Chung Ju-yung, founder and honorary chairman of Hyundai Group, 1998 Hyundai refers to a group of companies founded by Chung Ju-yung in South Korea, and related organizations. ...


As Governor, Siegelman presided over eight executions (seven by electric chair, one by lethal injection), including that of Lynda Lyon Block, the first female executed in the state since 1957. He also oversaw transition from electrocution as a sole method to lethal injection as primary method. The electric chair is an execution method in which the person being put to death is strapped to a chair and electrocuted through electrodes placed on the body. ... This article is about the execution and euthanasia method. ... Lynda Cheryl Lyon Block (February 8, 1948 in Orlando, Florida – May 10, 2002 in Atmore, Alabama) was a convicted murderer executed for the October 4, 1993 killing of Opelika, Alabama Police Sergeant Roger Motley, Jr. ...


2002 election controversy

On the night of the 2002 election, in which Siegelman ran as the incumbent against Republican Bob Riley, Siegelman was initially declared the winner by the Associated Press. However, local officials changed totals of the votes cast in Baldwin County in a controversial post-midnight recount from which Democratic observers were excluded, giving Riley the victory. See the main article at Alabama gubernatorial election, 2002: Baldwin County Controversy. Largely as a result of this controversy, the Alabama Legislature amended the election code to provide for automatic, supervised recounts in close races.[9] The Alabama gubernatorial election of 2002 was held as part of Alabamas State General Election on Tuesday November 5, 2002. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... Baldwin County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


2006 gubernatorial election

Siegelman faced Lt. Governor Lucy Baxley and minor candidates in the Democratic primary on June 6, during his trial. Despite Baxley's relatively low-profile campaign, she easily defeated Siegelman in the primary with almost 60% of the vote compared to Siegelman's 36%.[10] Siegelman was convicted of federal corruption charges just three weeks later.[citation needed] Lucy Baxley Lucy Baxley is the current Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, elected in 2002 and the Democratic candidate for Governor in 2006. ...


Baxley went on to lose to incumbent Bob Riley in the general election. Riley won 58% of the vote; Baxley, just under 42%. Robert Renfroe Bob Riley (born October 3, 1944) is an American politician in the Republican Party. ...


Federal prosecution

Alabama's U.S. Attorneys began a criminal investigation of Governor Siegelman in 1999 based on accusations of corruption while in office. In 2004, Siegelman was indicted, and in 2006 was convicted on corruption charges.[11]


Early developments

On May 27, 2004, Siegelman was indicted on federal charges. The day after his trial began, prosecutors abruptly dropped all charges, when the third judge threw out much of the prosecution's evidence "with prejudice," meaning that charges could not be refiled based on the disallowed evidence.[citation needed] is the 147th day of the year (148th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the common law legal system, an indictment is a formal charge of having committed a serious criminal offense. ... In law, the phrase without prejudice means that a claim, lawsuit, or proceeding has been brought to a temporary end but that no legal rights or privileges have been determined, waived, or lost by the result. ...


Conviction in 2006

Siegelman, represented by Mobile attorneys Vince Kilborn and David McDonald, along with Greenwood attorney Hiram Eastland and Notre Dame law professor G. Robert Blakey, the author of RICO, was acquitted on 25 charges, including the indictment's allegations of a widespread RICO conspiracy.[citation needed] Professor G. Robert Blakey, the nation’s foremost authority on the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO), has served on the Notre Dame Law School faculty for more than 20 years, from 1964 to 1969 and since 1980. ... The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (commonly referred to as RICO Act or RICO) is a United States federal law that provides for extended penalties for criminal acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. ...


On October 26, 2005, Siegelman was indicted on new charges of bribery and mail fraud in connection with Richard M. Scrushy, founder and former CEO of HealthSouth. Two former Siegelman aides were charged in the indictment as well. is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bribery is a crime implying a sum or gift given alters the behaviour of the person in ways not consistent with the duties of that person. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Richard M. Scrushy (born 1952 in Selma, Alabama, USA) is the founder and former chairman and chief executive officer of the physical rehabilitation healthcare giant HealthSouth, based in Birmingham, Alabama. ... HealthSouth Corporation NYSE: HLS, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is one of the nations largest healthcare services provider. ...


In short, Siegelman was accused of trading government favors for campaign donations when he was governor from 1999 to 2003 and lieutenant governor from 1995 to 1999, and Scrushy was accused of arranging $500,000 in donations to Siegelman's campaign for a state lottery in exchange for a seat on a state hospital regulatory board. In fact, Scrushy had a history of shady dealings and had recently been investigated for his part in the HealthSouth Corporation fraud scandal which cost shareholders billions.


On June 29, 2006, a federal jury found both Siegelman and Scrushy guilty. Siegelman was convicted on "one count of bribery, one count of conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud, four counts of honest services mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice", according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.[12] is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the criminal law, a conspiracy is an agreement between natural persons to break the law at some time in the future, and, in some cases, with at least one overt act in furtherance of that agreement. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Modern Obstruction of Justice, in a common law state, refers to the crime of offering interference of any sort to the work of police, investigators, regulatory agencies, prosecutors, or other (usually government) officials. ...


Siegelman was sentenced by Judge Mark Everett Fuller to more than seven years in federal prison and a $50,000 fine.[11]


Jury controversy

Following the trial, Kilborn and McDonald raised issues regarding the jury's impartiality after receiving what purported to be emails exchanged between two jurors during the trial.[13] In court the judge said, "I do not want to deliberate too much about these e-mails".[13]


Unrelated to that issue, in his appeal Siegelman argued that Fuller "gave the jury false instructions."[14]


Rove controversy

In June 2007, a Republican lawyer, Dana Jill Simpson of Rainsville, Alabama, signed a sworn statement that, five years earlier, she had heard that Karl Rove was preparing to neutralize Siegelman politically with an investigation headed by the U.S. Department of Justice.[15] Simpson later told the Birmingham News that her affidavit's wording could be interpreted in two ways. She also stated in the same interview that she had written her affidavit herself, whereas in her Congressional testimony she had admitted to having help from a Siegelman supporter.[16] Rainsville is a city located in DeKalb County, Alabama. ... Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) was Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush until his resignation on 31 August 2007. ... The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) is a Cabinet department in the United States government designed to enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans. ... The Birmingham News is a the daily newspaper for Birmingham, Alabama, and the largest newspaper in Alabama. ...


According to Simpson's statement, she was on a Republican campaign conference call in 2002 when she heard Bill Canary tell other campaign workers not to worry about Siegelman because Canary's "girls" and "Karl" would make sure the Justice Department pursued the Democrat so he was not a political threat in the future.[15] "Canary's girls" supposedly included his wife, Leura Canary, who is United States Attorney for United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and United States Attorney for United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama Alice Martin.[15] Leura Canary did not submit voluntary recusal paperwork until two months after Siegelman attorney David Cromwell Johnson's press conference in March 2002.[17] Bill Canary, also William Canary, is a Republican campaign consultant and husband of Leura Canary. ... Leura Garrett Canary is the United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. ... United States Attorneys (also known as federal prosecutors) represent the U.S. federal government in United States district court and United States court of appeals. ... The United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction is comprised of the following counties: Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Chambers, Chilton, Coffee, Coosa, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Geneva, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, Russell, and Tallapoosa. ... United States Attorneys (also known as federal prosecutors) represent the U.S. federal government in United States district court and United States court of appeals. ... The United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction is comprised of the following counties: Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Colbert, Cullman, De Kalb, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Pickens, Randolph...


An opinion piece in the Alabama Press Register claims that Simpson's story has changed several times. According to the story, initially she said she heard Rove's name mentioned in a phone conversation where the discussion turned to Siegelman. Then she said she heard someone involved in a 2002 conference call refer to Mr. Rove meeting with Justice Department officials about the case. Finally she told 60 Minutes in 2008 that Karl Rove ordered her to "catch Siegelman cheating on his wife." [18] In reality, the CBS story reported all three of these accounts, which are from 3 distinct conversations and thus do not conflict with each other.[citation needed]


In July 2007, 44 former state attorneys general, both Democrats and Republicans, signed a petition to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees requesting further investigation of the Siegelman prosecution.[19][20]


In September 2007, Simpson gave sworn testimony to the United States House Committee on the Judiciary regarding this issue. However, despite her claims to 60 Minutes about having met and spoken with Rove repeatedly over the previous several years, in her sworn testimony to Congress she did not claim to have ever spoken with him or met with him (see Congressional reaction). U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, or (more commonly) the House Judiciary Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... Donald Eugene Siegelman (born February 24, 1946) is an American Democratic politician. ...


Reporters Larisa Alexandrovna and Muriel Kane reported on the news site Raw Story that Karl Rove met with Riley campaign higher-ups and advised Bill Canary on managing Republican Bob Riley's campaign against Siegelman: "Two Republican lawyers who have asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation allege that Canary and Rove also worked together on the 2002 Alabama governor's race. One of the lawyers is close to the Republican National Committee in Alabama".[21] Larisa Alexandrovna (born December 7, 1971 in Odessa, Ukraine) is a journalist, essayist, poet. ... The Raw Story (often shortened to Rawsto) is a progressive Internet news publicaion founded by John K. Byrne and later joined by Larisa Alexandrovna. ... Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) was Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush until his resignation on 31 August 2007. ...


Public reaction

Siegelman's supporters and interested academics established a website, donsiegelman.org, explaining their points of view.[22]


Siegelman defenders point out that over 100 charges were thrown out by three different judges, and the investigating U.S. Attorney was the wife of Siegelman's political opponent's campaign manager.[15]


Siegelman defenders argue that the sentence and fine are unusual and excessive because, for example, former Alabama Governor Guy Hunt, a Republican, was found guilty in state court of personally pocketing $200,000, and state prosecutors sought probation, not jail time, in the Hunt case.[15] Harold Guy Hunt (born June 17, 1933 in Holly Pond, Alabama) is an American politician who served two terms as the Governor of Alabama from 1987 to 1993. ...


60 Minutes aired an investigative segment on the case called "The Prosecution of Governor Siegelman" on February 24, 2008.[23] During the broadcast WHNT in Alabama did not air this segment of the program, but claimed to have had technical issues with the signal.[24] However, Scott Horton of Harper's Magazine says that he contacted CBS News in New York regarding the issue and claims that he was told that there were no transmission issues, and that Channel 19 had functioning transmitters at the time;[25] Horton also noted that "This station was noteworthy for its hostility to Siegelman and support for his Republican adversary".[25] The station responded to the controversy by broadcasting the report the next day. This article is about the CBS news magazine. ... is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... WHNT is the CBS affiliate in northern Alabama airing on UHF Channel 19; the signal also reaches counties in southern middle Tennessee. ... An issue of Harpers Magazine from 1905 Another issue, from November 2004 Harpers Magazine (or simply Harpers) is a monthly magazine of politics and culture. ...


Congressional reaction

On July 17, 2007, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and Reps. Linda Sánchez (CA-39), Artur Davis (AL-07), and Tammy Baldwin (WI-02) sent a letter to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, asking him to provide documents and information about former Alabama Democratic Governor Don Siegelman’s recent conviction, among others, that may have been part of a pattern of selective political prosecutions by a number of U.S. Attorneys across the country. is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, or (more commonly) the House Judiciary Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. ... John Conyers, Jr. ... Linda T. Sánchez (born January 28, 1969 in Orange, California), an American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 2003, representing the 39th District of California (map). ... Artur Davis Artur Davis (born October 9, 1967), American politician, has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 2003, representing the 7th District of Alabama (map). ... Tammy Suzanne Green Baldwin (born February 11, 1962), American politician, is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1999, representing the Second Congressional District of Wisconsin (map). ... Alberto Gonzales (born August 4, 1955), is the 80th and current Attorney General of the United States. ...


The deadline for providing the information was July 27, 2007. The documents had not been produced by August 28, 2007, the date that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced that he would resign.[26] In an editorial that day, the New York Times said that despite Gonzales' departure, "[M]any questions remain to be answered. High on the list: what role politics played in dubious prosecutions, like those of former Gov. Don Siegelman of Alabama, and Georgia Thompson, a Wisconsin civil servant".[27] is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 240th day of the year (241st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... Georgia L. Thompson (born ca. ...


Recent press reports have indicated that perhaps US Attorney Leura Canary of the Middle District of Alabama did not follow proper DOJ procedures in recusing herself from the Siegelman matter, since there were no filings to that effect made in court and Justice refused to disclose her 502 recusal form under FOIA.[28]


On October 10, 2007, the House Judiciary Committee released testimony in which Simpson alleged Rove "had spoken with the Department of Justice" about "pursuing" Siegelman with help from two of Alabama's U.S. attorneys and that Rob Riley had named the judge who would eventually be assigned to the case. She also claimed Rob Riley told her the judge would "hang Don Siegelman". However, in contrast with what she told 60 Minutes, she never claimed in her sworn testimony to have met or spoken with Karl Rove.[29][30] is the 283rd day of the year (284th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, or (more commonly) the House Judiciary Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives. ...


Release from Federal Prison

On Thursday, March 27, 2008, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals approved the release of former Governor Siegelman from federal prison while he appeals his conviction in the corruption case. He was released on Friday the 28th.[2]


References

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  2. ^ a b "Freed Ex-Governor of Alabama Talks of Abuse of Power" New York Times March 29, 2008
  3. ^ Don Siegelman on the Issues
  4. ^ "Voters say no, now what?", Birmingham Post-Herald, October 14, 1999. Retrieved on 2007-12-07. 
  5. ^ Editorial, 2002, Cleburn News
  6. ^ "Local News" July 10, 2002, Daily Home
  7. ^ Special Reports: Hyundai June 8, 2002, Montgomery Advertiser
  8. ^ Hyundai News
  9. ^ Code of Alabama
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  11. ^ a b "Ex-governor of Alabama gets 7 years in corruption case", June 29, 2007, Los Angeles Times Accessed August 29, 2007
  12. ^ Department of Justice press release about Siegelman's conviction
  13. ^ a b "Differing Memories of Jury Deliberations during Scrushy/Siegelman Trial" November 19, 2006, WSFA TV (Montgomery, Alabama)
  14. ^ "Siegelman Wants Alabama Republicans to Testify", WVTM-TV, April 07, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-05-17. 
  15. ^ a b c d e "Ex-governor says he was target of Republican plot", Los Angeles Times, June 26, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-06-29. 
  16. ^ In her own words: Jill Simpson interview excerpts - Reports from The Birmingham News - al.com
  17. ^ [2]
  18. ^ Alabama Press Reguster: CBS show guilty of bad journalism
  19. ^ Introductory letter, July 13, 2007
  20. ^ Text of petition, including names of signers
  21. ^ The Raw Story | The Permanent Republican Majority: Part III - Running elections from the White House
  22. ^ http://www.donsiegelman.org DonSiegelman.Org
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  24. ^ "60 Minutes Programming Note", WHNT, February 24, 2008. Retrieved on 2007-10-17. 
  25. ^ a b Horton, Scott. "CBS: More Prosecutorial Misconduct in Siegelman Case", Harper's, February 24, 2008. 
  26. ^ Government Blog
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Preceded by
Agnes Baggett
Secretary of State of Alabama
19791987
Succeeded by
Glen Browder
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Charles Graddick
Attorney General of Alabama
19871991
Succeeded by
Jimmy Evans
Preceded by
Ryan DeGraffenried
Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
19951999
Succeeded by
Steve Windom
Preceded by
Fob James
Governor of Alabama
19992003
Succeeded by
Bob Riley
Party political offices
Preceded by
Jim Folsom, Jr.
Democratic Party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Alabama
1994 (won)
Succeeded by
Dewayne Freeman
Preceded by
Jim Folsom, Jr.
Democratic Party nominee for Governor of Alabama
1999 (won), 2002 (lost)
Succeeded by
Lucy Baxley
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Thomas Erby Kilby (July 9, 1865–October 22, 1943) was an American Democratic politician who was the Governor of Alabama from 1919 to 1923. ... William Woodward Brandon (June 5, 1868–December 7, 1934) was an American Democratic politician who was the Governor of Alabama from 1923 to 1927. ... David Bibb Graves (April 1, 1873–March 14, 1942) was an American Democratic politician and the Governor of Alabama 1927-1931 and 1935-1939, the first Alabama governor to serve two four-year terms. ... Benjamin Meek(s?) Miller (March 13, 1864–February 6, 1944) was an American Democratic politician Born in Oak Hill, Wilcox County, he was Associate justice of Alabama state supreme court, from 1921 to 1927. ... David Bibb Graves (April 1, 1873–March 14, 1942) was an American Democratic politician and the Governor of Alabama 1927-1931 and 1935-1939, the first Alabama governor to serve two four-year terms. ... 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Albert Preston Brewer (born October 26, American politician who was the Governor of Alabama from May, 1968 until January, 1971. ... This article is about the politician, former governor of Alabama and former presidential candidate. ... Forrest Hood Fob James, Jr. ... This article is about the politician, former governor of Alabama and former presidential candidate. ... Harold Guy Hunt (born June 17, 1933 in Holly Pond, Alabama) is an American politician who served two terms as the Governor of Alabama from 1987 to 1993. ... James Elisha Folsom, Jr. ... Forrest Hood Fob James, Jr. ... Robert Renfroe Bob Riley (born October 3, 1944) is an American politician in the Republican Party. ... Image File history File links State Seal of Alabama The Alabama state seal. ... This is a List of Lieutenant Governors of the U.S. state of Alabama, 1868 to present. ... Andrew J. Applegate (October 14, 1833 - August 21, 1870) was the first lieutenant governor of Alabama. ... Edward Hawthorne Moren (December 25, 1825 - March 19, 1886) was the second lieutenant governor of Alabama. ... Alexander McKinstry (March 7, 1822 – October 9, 1879) was the third lieutenant governor of Alabama. ... Robert Fulwood Ligon (December 23, 1823 - October 11, 1901) was the fourth Lieutenant Governor of Alabama. ... Russell McWhortor Cunningham (August 25, 1855–June 6, 1921) was an American Democratic politician who was the acting Governor of Alabama from April 25, 1904 to March 5, 1905. ... Henry Bramlette Gray (February 8, 1867–April 30, 1919) was an American politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1907 to 1911. ... Walter Dudley Seed, Sr. ... Thomas Erby Kilby (July 9, 1865–October 22, 1943) was an American Democratic politician who was the Governor of Alabama from 1919 to 1923. ... Nathan Lee Miller (born March 6, 1866) was the ninth lieutenant governor of Alabama. ... Charles Samuel McDowell, Jr. ... William Columbus Davis (August 5, 1867 - October 4, 1934) was the eleventh lieutenant governor of Alabama. ... Hugh Davis Merrill (December 20, 1877–?) was an American politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1931 to 1935. ... Thomas E. Knight, Jr. ... Albert Augustus Carmichael (July 27, 1895–June 4, 1952) was an American politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1939 to 1943. ... Leven Handy Ellis (April 6, 1881–January 4, 1968) was an American politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1943 to 1947. ... James Clarence Inzer (March 5, 1887–December 20, 1967) was an American politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1947 to 1951. ... James Browning Allen (December 28, 1912–June 1, 1978) was a Senator from Alabama. ... William Guy Hardwick (May 30, 1910–?) was an American politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1955 to 1959. ... Albert Burton Boutwell (November 13, 1904 - February 3, 1978) was the nineteenth lieutenant governor of Alabama. ... James Browning Allen (December 28, 1912–June 1, 1978) was a Senator from Alabama. ... Albert Preston Brewer (born October 26, 1928) is an American politician who was the governor of Alabama from May, 1968 until January, 1971. ... Jere Locke Beasley was the acting Democratic Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from June 5 to July 7, 1972. ... George Duncan Hastie McMillan, Jr. ... William Joseph Baxley II (born June 27, 1941) is an American Democratic politician and attorney. ... James Elisha Folsom, Jr. ... Steve Windom (born November 6, 1949) is an American politician who served as Lieutenant Governor of Alabama from 1999 to 2003. ... Lucy Baxley Lucy Baxley is the current Lieutenant Governor of Alabama, elected in 2002 and the Democratic candidate for Governor in 2006. ... James Elisha Folsom, Jr. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Alabama. ...

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