Pres. Obama pardons 95 criminals, including 4 in Alabama, but not Gov. Siegelman
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The White House list of pardons and commutations didn’t include imprisoned former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, disappointing supporters who contend his bribery conviction and 6-year sentence are the result of a Republican conspiracy.
Siegelman was not among the four Alabama offenders who received commuted sentences. The White House released the list Friday.
Joseph Siegelman, Siegelman’s son and attorney, said a commutation request filed in 2012 was rejected because of Siegelman’s pending appeals. But President Barack Obama could grant clemency for the fellow Democrat at any time.
A jury convicted the 69-year-old Siegelman of bribery and obstruction in 2006 after prosecutors claimed he sold a seat on a state health board to former HealthSouth Corp. CEO Richard Scrushy in exchange for campaign contributions to Siegelman’s effort to establish a state lottery in 1999.
In all, 95 inmates were pardoned on Friday. The four in Alabama are:
- Oscar Cole, Jr. of northern Alabama, who was convicted of cocaine charges in 2006
- Reginald Gerard Ennis of southern Alabama, who was convicted in 2004 of cocaine conspiracy charges
- Billy R. Mercer, Jr. of middle Alabama, who was convicted of methamphetamine and drug trafficking charges in 2006
- Tommie Sand Tyree of northern Alabama, convicted in 2007 of cocaine distribution and sentenced to life in prison