Saturday, May 27, 2006

It keeps going, and going, and going...

Jurors in former Gov. Don Siegelman's federal corruption trial heard testimony Thursday and Friday about the third major prong of the prosecution's case: their claim that Siegelman appointed Mack Roberts as the state highway director in exchange for $40,000 in campaign money from a toll bridge developer who employed Roberts. As with all other charges, Siegelman denied it vigorously and called the developer a "jerk" for good measure.

At this rate, the trial looks incredibly unlikely to end before the Democratic gubernatorial primary, and the former governor probably can't win outright with the federal sword of Damocles still hanging over his head. Siegelman's best (and maybe only) chance for electoral success would be to force a runoff with Lt. Gov. Lucy Baxley and hope for an acquittal before that vote.

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