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Appeals court makes decision in Don Siegelman, Richard Scrushy case

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld some convictions against former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and Richard Scrushy, tossed others out and sent the case back to U.S. District Court for resentencing.

Siegelman and Richard Scrushy were convicted in 2006 of bribery and other charges in a federal government corruption case. Both were sentenced to about seven years in prison.

The men appealed their case, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that prosecutors erred in using the “honest services” law in the prosecution of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling, Siegelman and Scrushy.

Tuesday’s order tosses out two convictions for Siegelman and Scrushy dealing with a bribery scheme. However, it affirmed five other convictions against Siegelman and four against Scrushy.

The former Alabama governor and ousted head of HealthSouth were convicted in 2006 on fraud and bribery charges in what prosecutors said was a scheme where Siegelman agreed to appoint Scrushy to a hospital regulatory board in exchange for Scrushy arranging $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman’s campaign for a statewide lottery.

The case now returns to U.S. District Court for resentencing.

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