Government Corruption

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Former Gov. Don Siegelman says he's disappointed that a federal judge has disqualified the majority of his defense team. But Siegelman says the fact that Doug Jones and Jack Drake are gone doesn't change the essential facts of his case.

Siegelman held a news conference Thursday afternoon in Birmingham with Jones, who said new attorneys will be brought in it represent the former governor on conspiracy charges.

U.S. Attorney Alice Martin says the news conference by Siegelman and Jones was another attempt by Siegelman's side to vilify the prosecution. She says prosecutors will stay focused and will present their case in the courtroom.

U.S. District Judge UW Clemon disqualified Jones, Drake and their law firm because Jones was a U.S. attorney during the early stages of the investigation that led to the indictment of Siegelman's co-defendant, Phillip Bobo.

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