Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Good defense attorneys cost money

As he promised last week, former Gov. Don Siegelman filed an ethics form Monday to disclose that he made more than $250,000 in "professional or consulting" income last year. Siegelman, who is under indictment on a racketeering charge and who saw a separate set of fraud and theft charges against him dismissed last year, also claimed more than $250,000 in debt to his legal defense team.

To rehash old news, Siegelman still pledges to unveil all of his tax returns since he took public office in 1978, and he still isn't very fond of what he calls "politically crazed prosecutors."

3 Comments:

Blogger Kathy said...

Gosh, and I'm sure that Siegelman was completely honest when he filled out those tax forms...

8:05 PM  
Anonymous J. Holland said...

Who did he provide "consulting services" for? Is he going to release that information?

11:40 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Based on the tone of its story, I'd assume the Mobile Register is trying to answer those questions now, J. Holland. Or may be the key word in "professional or consulting." Siegelman is a lawyer, which would seem to fall into the category of professional services. That income may have come entirely from his law practice or from some combination of law practice and consulting or other professional services. I simply don't know.

12:20 AM  

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