Government Corruption

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A federal appeals court has refused to take Judge UW Clemon off of former Gov. Don Siegelman's case. The decision clears the way for Siegelman's trial to begin as planned Monday in Tuscaloosa.

U.S. Attorney Alice Martin had accused Clemon of being biased against the prosecution. She had asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to take him off the case and delay the trial. But a three-judge panel of the court refused.

Siegelman's attorney, Bobby Segall, says the former governor is pleased he's going to get his day in court, as planned. Martin was not immediately available for comment.

Jury selection is scheduled for Monday in Tuscaloosa for the trial of Siegelman and his former chief of staff, Paul Hamrick, on bid-rigging charges. Opening arguments are planned for Tuesday.

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