Former Alabama governor sentenced

Former Alabama governor sentenced

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Don Siegelman, a Democrat who was governor of Alabama from 1999 to 2003, was sentenced to seven years in prison and $230,000 in fines for taking bribes during his governorship.

If I were so inclined, I could take a cue from Republican defenders of Lewis Libby and Tom DeLay and decry the “political motivation” behind Siegelman’s prosecution, given revelations of a potential Karl Rove connection, other Republican connections to his case, prosecution attempts to have his sentence calculated based on the charges on which he was acquitted, and the fact that a judge entirely threw out — with prejudice — the prosecution’s first attempt to charge Siegelman in 2004. Or that when a Republican governor, Guy Hunt, was convicted of pocketing $200,000 in 1992, the state (indeed, the same prosecutor) sought probation, not jail time.

But I won’t, because the motivation of the prosecution doesn’t matter as much as the facts of the case and the conviction that resulted. The man took bribes; he deserves to go down. The fact that someone else in a similar situation got off lightly is irrelevant.

Partisans might take a lesson from that.

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  • http://itsthe21stcenturystupid.wordpress.com/ Jim S

    Precisely. No favoritism because of party to a crook. If he did what he was convicted of then he deserves the penalty.

  • Don

    IF HE TOOK A BRIBE THEN YOU-ALL WOULD BE RIGHT ON, BUT HE DIDN’T.

    A NON-PROFIT GROUP WAS SET UP TO FUND AN EDUCATION LOTTERY; THE EDUCATION LOTTERY FAILED AND THE NON-PROFIT GROUP WAS IN DEBT SOME $500K.

    IN COMES RICHARD SCRUSHY, HEALTHSOUTH CEO. AFTER THE FAILED LOTTERY SCRUSHY AND HEALTHSOUTH PONIED-UP $250K EACH TO SATISFY THE DEBT.

    THEREAFTER, SCRUSHY WAS RE-APPOINTED TO A NON-PAYING HOSPITAL CERTIFICATE OF NEED BOARD. SCRUSHY HAD SERVED ON THIS SAME BOARD UNER THREE (3) FORMER GOVERNORS TO WIT: GUY HUNT, JIM FOLSOM, AND FOB JAMES.

    SIEGELMAN DIDN’T POCKET A DIME. NO QUID PRO QUO, HENCE NO CRIME.

    OTHER COUNTRIES OVERTHROW POLITICAL OPPOSITION WITH ROCKS, STICKS, GUNS, ETC. WHILE I CERTAINLY DON’T CONDONE THAT ACTION, I DO RESPECT THE FACT THAT THEY’RE OUT IN THE OPEN AND NOT HIDING BEHIND THE PROSECUTION TABLE CALLING IT A CRIME.

    THAT’S A SLIPPERY SLOPE THAT EITHER PARTY IN POWER COULD EMPLOY.