Jury selection for the trial of former Governor Don Siegelman and a top aide are on hold awaiting the outcome of a hearing today. A federal judge is demanding to see what evidence federal prosecutors had to back up a conspiracy charge.
US District Judge U.W. Clemon held the hearing while 200 potential jurors were outside the courtroom filling out questionnaires.
When a jury is selected, Clemon has ordered that they be sequestered throughout the trial and that they get his approval tocontact friends and family. The order came because of intense media coverage of every aspect of Siegelman's case.
Siegelman and former Chief of Staff Paul Hamrick face conspiracy and health care fraud charges that accuse them of trying to rig bids on lucrative contracts sought by a Siegelman supporter, Doctor Phillip Bobo, to provide medical care to poor pregnant women in 1999.
The judge plans to hear more about the government's case today. The hearing did not concern the health care fraud charges. Clemon threw out a theft charge against Siegelman and Hamrick last month. Bobo, who will be tried at a later date, has not been given a court date.
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