U.S. Supreme Court Won’t Hear Siegelman Appeal

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WASHINGTON - It appears Don Siegelman won't get his day before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Monday, the high court turned away the former Alabama governor's appeal of his 2006 convictions.  He and his lawyers had petitioned the court to review his case.

"My heart is broken. Not for me, but for my family and friends who have stood by me during this struggle," Siegelman said late Monday. "I am eternally grateful for the work of my attorney Sam Heldman. I am  indebted to the 113 state Attorneys General of both political parties who supported my case. And I am thankful for the law professors from around the nation who actively supported my appeal. I pray that something positive will come of this in our future."

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Siegelman was convicted of selling a seat on a hospital regulatory board to former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy.  However, Siegelman's team claimed he never benefited from that money, because the $500,000 went to the 1999 campaign to try to pass a state lottery in Alabama.

Scrushy was also convicted in the trial.  He was sentenced to prison and is now in a federal halfway house in Houston, Texas.

Siegelman served time in prison, but was released on bond while he appealed.  

The high court did not comment on its decision.