BREAKING: Siegelman Released on Bail Pending Appeal

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Great news from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals:

ATLANTA, Ga. — The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted former Gov. Don Siegelman’s request to be released from prison pending the outcome of his appeal.

Siegelman is currently serving a 7-year sentence in the Oakdale Federal Correctional Complex in Louisiana following his 2006 public corruption conviction.

Acting U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin confirms the 11th Circuit granted Siegelman’s release in a fou- page order which states Siegelman had raised a “significant question” about his conviction.

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Let the celebrations begin.  I am delighted for Don Siegelman and his family.

But it would a mistake, a serious mistake not to note that Siegelman was whisked from his sentencing to imprisonment, something I consider unprecedented, that the Eleventh Circuit and the judge in the Middle District of Alabama have played patsy with this case for the ten months Don has been incarcerated sending it back and forth without deciding his motion for bail pending appeal, and that the timing of his release comes just as it was announced today by John Conyers that Don Siegelman likely be testifying in DC about his conviction.  Put simply, the conviction reeks, and it has Karl Rove’s fingerprints all over it.

The feds should make sure they keep Don’s cell in Louisiana open, so that Karl Rove can move in as soon as possible.

For the details on the Don Siegelman case, try this diary by OPOL and this one by me.

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  1. And rejoicing for Don and his family.

  2. That is fantastic news.  Wow.

  3. http://blog.al.com/spotnews/20

    He gets out on Friday according to this article.

  4. Siegelman scenario reeks of corruption. Glad to hear he’s finally getting a break.

    • brobin on March 28, 2008 at 12:29 am

    as a politician, and were caught?

    Larry Lavatory:    US Senate.

    David Diaper:      US Senate.

    OK.  I’m not really wondering anymore.

    • documel on March 28, 2008 at 12:31 am

    I used to live in a country where justice was supposedly blind–where judges and AGs worked for the people.  Not so much anymore–and I hate it.  Sorry if this sounds offensive, but we’re all niggers in the eyes of this government.  We all now know that justice wasn’t really ever color blind, or non political.  

    I like fantasy better than fact.

    • RUKind on March 28, 2008 at 1:06 am

    I look forward to hearing his testimony in Congress. The window  for filing criminal charges against Rove et al is closing every day. Bush will no doubt pardon him if he is convicted.

    Here’s a question to which someone out there may have an answer: if Rove or any of the other criminals in this administration are charged with a felony and a verdict has not been reached by the time Bush leaves office, can he pardon them anyway? In advance of a verdict?

    I’m hoping the answer is no. He can probably issue a blanket pardon before indictment or after conviction  would be my guess, just not during judication.

    • OPOL on March 28, 2008 at 2:15 am

    I couldn’t be happier.  This is great news.

  5. only if you ponder how the affair might be used against your better interests once again.  No, I have no idea also but perfect paranoia is perfect awareness when dealing with psychopatic personalities.

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