Appeals Court Grants Hearing for Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman

Don Siegelman, in an interview at WHNT News 19 in August 2012.

Don Siegelman, in an interview at WHNT News 19 in August 2012.

ATLANTA, Ga. (WHNT) – The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has granted a hearing for former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, who continues to appeal his sentence from prison.

WHNT News 19 spoke with Siegelman’s son, Joseph, who confirms the hearing is scheduled for the week of July 28.

Siegelman is serving 78 months in federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana after being convicted of bribery and corruption.  We asked Joseph how his father is doing.

“Dad is fine. He is high-spirited and has a lot of fight left in him,” son Joseph said.

Siegelman’s lawyers have been pushing for this appeal.  The court has been preparing documents, which are numerous considering the long history of this case.  Much of the evidence is still under seal, also.  The court filed a certificate of readiness on March 31 to confirm the records were ready.

Siegelman’s daughter, Dana, has led a campaign for Siegelman to be pardoned, petitioning President Obama through Change.org.

Here is more coverage of the Siegelman case on WHNT.com.

Below is an interview WHNT did with Siegelman in August 2012, before he reported to prison.

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