One Time Stars Siegelman and Scrushy Face Sentencing

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Two men once considered the brightest stars of Alabama's political and business worlds will face a federal judge Tuesday who could order them to prison for much of the rest of their lives.

Former Governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy will ask Federal Judge Mark Fuller to take into consideration their years of public service, allow them to stay out of prison and serve any punishment on probation.

But prosecutors say they will ask Fuller to send a message that government corruption won't be tolerated and order Siegelman to federal prison for 30 years, Scrushy for 25 years and order both men to pay millions of dollars in fines.

Both Siegelman and Scrushy have said that regardless of the sentence, they plan to appeal their convictions to the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

Attorneys say the hearing could last for several days as Siegelman and Scrushy present witnesses who will testify about their character and good deeds. Prosecutors say they will try to highlight the damage caused to the state by their actions.

Prosecutors also said they will ask Fuller to send Siegelman and Scrushy to prison right away.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Jacqui Location: Daleville on Jun 25, 2007 at 03:34 PM
    If these 2 gentlemen are going to end up as free men, what message will that send to everyone else who commits a crime? Do the crime, but don't worry about the time? I don't care who you are- you commit the crime, you sure better be ready to do some time. If these guys are set free, then there won't be much respect for a system that's already failing and lacks respect as it is.
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