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Siegelman Aide Leaves Prison

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The key witness against former Alabama
Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy has
been released from federal prison.

Former longtime Siegelman aide Nick Bailey was released from the
federal prison in Atlanta Wednesday morning and transferred to a
halfway house in Birmingham. Bailey has served one year of an
18-month sentence on bribery-related charges.

Tuscaloosa businessman Stan Pate says he picked up Bailey at the
penitentiary in Atlanta early Wednesday and drove him to
Birmingham. Bailey worked for Pate for several years before
reporting to prison last year. He said he has offered Bailey his
job back.

Bailey provided the key testimony that led to the 2006
conviction of Siegelman and Scrushy on bribery and other charges in
a government corruption case.


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