Government Corruption

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to step down from the case against former Gov. Don Siegelman.

In a motion filed Monday, prosecutors said U.S. District Judge U. W. Clemon has ties to parties in the case and has shown bias against the government.

Clemon scheduled a hearing today in Tuscaloosa. The hearing will take place before a previously scheduled hearing on a motion to dismiss the case against one of Siegelman's co-defendants, physician Phillip Bobo.

Bobo, Siegelman and former Chief of Staff Paul Hamrick have been indicted on charges they conspired to rig bids on a state Medicaid contract.

The latest motion says Clemon should step down because his daughter worked as an attorney for six state agencies while Siegelman was governor. It also says Clemon has shown bias toward the government because he was investigated as part of a criminal case against another of his daughters.

That daughter, Arnese Clemon, pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering involving the Los Angeles school district and sentenced to prison, but Judge Clemon was not charged.

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