Sunday, January 17, 2021

Probation ends for former Alabama gov. convicted of bribery

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A judge has ended probation for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who went to federal prison in a bribery scheme.

WSFA-TV reports that a federal judge this week agreed with an officer’s report recommending that probation end for the 73-year-old Democrat.

A federal jury convicted Siegelman in 2006. Prosecutors said he gave a seat on a state regulatory board to HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy, and that in exchange Scrushy donated $500,000 to Siegelman’s signature political issue, a 1999 campaign to establish a state lottery.

Siegelman served about six years in prison before his release in 2017.

The probation was supposed to end next year, but a probation officer determined the former governor had complied with all the rules.

Siegelman shared the judge’s order on social media.

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