By: Steve Dellar | 08-25-2017 | News
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Former Alabama Governor Calls on President Trump for a Pardon

The former Democrat Governor of Alabama, Don Siegelman, is calling upon President Donald Trump to allow him a Presidential Pardon in reference to his 2006 bribery conviction

The now 71-year old Siegelman stated in an interview with Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto that: "The president needs to clarify by saying, 'this is not something we're going to prosecute.' If a campaign contribution to President Trump or to a super PAC from someone who ends up as the secretary of education, doesn't mean that the president has agreed to a bribe. And that's exactly what happened in this case. There was no evidence of an agreement between Richard Scrushy and myself. In fact, the only evidence was that he didn't want to serve on this board. So in order to clear the air and clarify what should be prosecuted and what shouldn't. The president needs to step in and grant a pardon,"

Back in 2006, Siegelman was convicted to a 78-month sentence for having received half a million dollars in contributions from health care executive Richard Scrushy, founder and former CEO of HealthSouth. These monies were slushed to Siegelman during his 1999-2003 term as Governor of Alabama. The governor appealed multiple times against the sentence, but lost on all counts.

Prosecutors claim that those contributions were effectively a payoff to the governor in order for Scrushy to be reappointed as a board member on a state hospital regulatory board by Siegelman.

You may recall that Don Siegelman was the last member of the Democratic party to have held the office of Governor in the state of Alabama, where he served in politics for 26 years.

Republican Bob Riley defeated Siegelman in his November 2002 re-election bid by the narrowest of margins ever recorded in Alabama’s electorate history. Riley won with approximately 3,000 votes more.

We can only assume that Mr Siegelman has been surfing to the Goldwater earlier this week when we broke our story about a possible pardon for sherrif Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona.

As we reported earlier this week ( ), President Trump’s administration is indeed preparing those pardon documents.

Whether there is also one with Don Siegelman’s name on it remains to be seen, but we doubt it.


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