NOV 14 2009

1. Federal prosecutors oppose former Gov. Don Siegelman's appeal
to the U.S. Supreme Court

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1. Federal prosecutors oppose former Gov.
Don Siegelman's appeal to the U.S. Supreme
Court
By Mary Orndorff of The Birmingham News (Al.com)

The U.S. Supreme Court does not need to hear the appeal of former
Gov. Don Siegelman because prosecutors adequately proved at trial
that he exchanged an official act for a political donation, according to
written arguments filed late Friday by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Siegelman and co-defendant HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard
Scrushy in August asked the justices to take up their case because
they believe it raises broader legal questions about how much
evidence is needed to prove bribery.

They argue that the donations Scrushy made to Siegelman's lottery
fund and Siegelman's subsequent appointment of Scrushy to a state
health board were normal political transactions, not criminal. And they
contend that government prosecutors never proved there was an
explicit agreement to exchange the appointment for the $500,000 in
donations..

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