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Thursday, August 28, 2008

 1:37 PM 

Former Alabama guv calls charges politically motivated

Wisconsin's delegation heard from former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman today. He spoke about being indicted on charges of bribery and mail fraud for allegedly trading government appointments for campaign donations, a charge he said was politically motivated -- put together by Karl Rove and his allies to oust the Democrat from office.

"I was convicted of something that has never before been considered a crime -- appointing a contributor to a non-paid board," he said.

Siegelman said he was speaking out about the circumstances around his conviction because they have implications for the entire country, not just him or his home state.

"This is about restoring justice and preserving our democracy," he said. "It's about finding out who hijacked our Justice Department and used it as a political tool to go after a list of political enemies."

See a 60 Minutes report from February on his case

A New York Times editorial compared Siegelman's case to that of Georgia Thompson, the Wisconsin civil servant whose conviction on bid-rigging charges was thrown out on appeal.

See background on the Thompson case from the WisPolitics CourtWatch blog

-- By Matt Clark


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