Judge Denies New Trial for Ex-Governor and Ex-Executive

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - There won't be a new trial for a former
Alabama governor and a one-time health company executive, both
convicted of bribery and conspiracy.

A federal judge says jurors were not unfairly influenced by information from e-mails and the Internet when they found the pair guilty.

Don Siegelman, the ex-governor, and Richard Scrushy, a former HealthSouth CEO, were told they didn't prove there was jury misconduct.

They were convicted in a scheme in which Siegelman appointed Scrushy to a hospital regulatory board. In exchange, Scrushy arranged a half a million dollars in contributions to Siegelman's efforts to start an Alabama lottery.

The two have not been sentenced. Their lawyers are expected to appeal today's decision.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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