Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Don's prediction comes true

A federal grand jury in Montgomery has indicted former Gov. Don Siegelman on a racketeering charge, prosecutors announced today. The indictment charges that former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, who faces bribery and mail fraud charges, gave $500,000 to Siegelman in exchange for an appointment to Alabama's Certificate of Need Review Board.

Siegelman, who faced conspiracy, health care fraud, and theft charges last year before a federal judge and prosecutors dismissed them, said at a press conference that the Montgomery prosecution is politically motivated. He also predicted he would be exonerated and go on to recapture the Governor's Mansion. "The people of Alabama are smarter than these folks are," Siegelman said.

Recent polling numbers showed Siegelman with a 30-point lead over Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley, his Democratic gubernatorial primary opponent. It'll be interesting to see whether this indictment makes that lead disappear or if he manages to circle the political wagons.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Mac Thomason said...

Siegelman AND Scrushy. This is the greatest day of my life.

7:08 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

It's beginning to look like a big week for indictments.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Be still my heart! This week is getting better and better.

8:08 PM  

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