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Siegelman Indicted

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Former Gov. Don Siegelman told reporters he's confident a jury will exonerate him of federal conspiracy charges. Siegelman, accompanied by his wife, Lori, and daughter, Dana, said if the whole truth comes out a jury will determine he did nothing wrong.

At an arraignment hearing Thursday, Siegelman told U.S. Magistrate Robert Armstrong that he was not guilty of the charges.

Also pleading not guilty were two co-defendants, former Chief of Staff Paul Hamrick and Tuscaloosa Doctor Phillip Bobo.

As he was leaving the federal court building, Hamrick said the charges were "absolutely false."

The three were indicted on May 27 and charged with engaging in a bid-rigging scheme involving a $100 million program to help poor, pregnant women in west Alabama. Bobo also faces wire fraud and witness tampering charges.

Armstrong did not immediately set a trial date. Each remains free on $5,000 bond.


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