Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Re-indicted

Former Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy have been indicted on a conspiracy charge, federal prosecutors announced Monday. This indictment comes about a month and a half after prosecutors unveiled an indictment of Siegelman on a racketeering count and of Scrushy on a bribery count. Both men vigorously deny all of the charges.

The last major polling I saw on the Democratic gubernatorial primary had Siegelman up by 30 points on Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley, but it was done before the indictments hit, so it'll be interesting to see if Siegelman's legal battles help Baxley close or eliminate that gap. Of course, that would be contingent on Baxley jumpstarting her campaign, which appears, at least publicly, to have been idling since she became the first candidate to enter the race in May.

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