Government Corruption

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A federal grand jury in Montgomery has heard from Nick Bailey, a former aide to Governor Don Siegelman who already is expected to be a key witness in the federal case against Siegelman and others in Birmingham.

But Lanny Young, another key figure who pleaded guilty in a government corruption probe, is NOT scheduled to testify.

Bailey is Siegelman's former executive secretary and also served as acting director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs during Siegelman's administration. He has admitted to being a felon and appeared before the federal grand jury in Montgomery Tuesday.

Bailey pleaded guilty last year to two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery and one count of filing a false income tax return. As part of his plea, he agreed to help with a federal-state investigation of government corruption in Alabama.

Young, a Montgomery lobbyist who pleaded guilty with Bailey last year, also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, but his attorney, Stephen Glassroth, says Young is not scheduled to testify to the federal grand jury, which is expected to meet all week.