The sounds of silence

Former Gov. Don Siegelman sentenced to 78 months in prison

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — A federal judge this afternoon sentenced former Gov. Don Siegelman to 78 months in prison.

U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller handed down the sentence — 10 months less than the 88 months he originally gave Siegelman — after a day of emotional testimony during the former governor’s resentencing hearing. He also sentenced Siegelman to serve three years on supervised release and to pay a $50,000 fine.

Fuller said that, while he found Siegelman had done many good things in his life, his crime warranted returning him to prison.


A federal jury in 2006 convicted Siegelman of federal funds bribery on allegations that he sold a seat on a hospital regulatory board to former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in exchange for $500,000 in donations to Siegelman’s 1999 referendum campaign to establish a state lottery.

Siegelman served nine months of an 88-month sentence before being released in March 2008 on an appeal bond. A federal appeals court tossed out two of the charges against him, which prompted today’s resentencing.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin disputed that Siegelman had accepted responsibility.

“We are here to hold him accountable for what he did and what he did was to corrupt the office to which he had been elected,” Franklin told Fuller.

Franklin said what they were not seeing in court today was the Siegelman who went on the national media circuit “blaming everybody other than himself for what he did.”

“First it was the Canarys and Karl Rove,” Franklin said, describing how Siegelman once maintained the case was motivated by GOP desires to end his political career.

Five years ago Left Blogistan considered Don Siegelman a political prisoner, framed by a conspiracy led by Karl Rove. When the charges were filed Siegelman was the Democratic governor of Alabama. In 2006 he was convicted and sent to prison. The left was outraged. His story even made 60 minutes.

Siegelman got released pending an appeal in March of 2008. But in January 2009 a new administration took office. Eric Holder was appointed as Attorney General and he oversaw the government’s appellate fight.

Siegelman was originally convicted on seven counts. The appeals court threw out two of them. Yesterday he was resentenced on the remaining five.

Since then there has been nary a peep from Left Blogistan.

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35 Responses to The sounds of silence

  1. myiq2xu says:

    How quickly they forget.

    • DandyTiger says:

      When members of the Democratic party become troublesome, embarrassing, or worse, push actual liberal ideas, it’s under the bus with them.

      Join the new Democratic party and reserve your spot under the bus. Sooner or later you’ll be tossed, because that’s who we are.

      • DM says:

        It’s crowded here, but I’m happy to say that as our members grow, the Democratic Party declines. Soon we’ll all be independents and no longer answering to the parties’ dog whistles.

        Gallup Poll:

        2008 was a recent high point for Democratic political identification, likely owing to the waning popularity of Republican President George W. Bush, the economic crisis that erupted that year, and the ultimate appeal of Barack Obama late in the presidential campaign. That year, Gallup found 36 states either solidly Democratic or leaning to the party, and only five solidly or leaning Republican. Those figures largely held in 2009, but started shifting in 2010, with fewer Democratic states and an increased number of Republican and competitive states. Since 2011, the parties have been at rough numerical parity, although thus far in 2012, solidly Democratic states still outnumber solidly Republican states by a slight margin, 14 vs. nine.

        • freespirit says:

          I’m with you DM. I’d rather be under the bus any day than back in Crazy Town with Brazille, Reid, Nancy, and the rest of the Obamanuts.

        • DM says:

          Reid has used the senate floor to wildly make assumptions about Romney’s tax returns he hasn’t seen. That was a political attack from the senate floor. It really bothers me he’s gotten away with that.

      • DM says:

        The numbers: In 2008, 30 states were solid Democratic, but in 2012 the number dropped to 14. In 2008, 6 states leaned Democratic, but in 2012, the number dropped to 3. The party that knows how to skewer the voters and the best Democratic candidate went from 36 to 17. Obama’s job is done.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    This is good news:

    Jared Loughner to plead guilty in Tucson shooting, sources say

    A trial would force the victims to relive the horror of the event. He’ll get life instead of the needle but he’ll still die behind bars.

  3. carol haka says:

    OT. I just had my first chicken strips from CFA. May I state for the record, those were damn good. I don’t care what kind of hatemongers they are, I will now be eating there frquently! 👿

  4. myiq2xu says:

    His real name is Oscar Pistorius and he’s running for South Africa.


  5. tommy says:

    Rove has always been the boogeyman for the progs. Now you can add the super-evil Koch bros., Adelson and ofcourse, Citizens United. And on a totally special level, there is that dumb but influential Sarah Palin. Just mention the name Palin to the wingnuts, and the hate they espouse would make the Klan look like a church picnic. Lol.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Rove really is a scumbag. But he doesn’t have superpowers.

    • carol haka says:

      Just read there has been a huge surge of activity surrounding Steelman since bbq last night. Reporting the Sarah’s served over 1000 in the scalding heat and Pallin stayed for hours signing autographs and talking to the peeps. She lunched with deb fischer today and has headed for iowa. I literally love that Woman! 👿

  6. tommy says:

    Corruption at the level of governor is sickening. The people elected and trusted him to govern and this is what the doofus does. I wonder how many present-day governors today are corrupt but haven’t been caught as yet. The President, as an inspirational role model for governors practises his own brand of crony capitalism, so that ain’t good. Sometimes, I wish we had a Palin to kick out corruption in both parties. Many establishment repubs hate her cos she doesn’t even spare her own party. On the whole, no wonder that the people hate and mistrust all politicians.

  7. Oswald says:

    Did Riverdaughter get a job at Salon?

    Salon Writer Frets That Teen Gold Medalist Gabby Douglas ‘So, So, So Into Jesus’

    We are a nation that is lousy with Christians — a fair number of whom are not nearly as nice as Gabby Douglas. A lot of them aren’t super-clear on the whole “freedom of religion” thing and can get pretty gung-go about trying to shut down people with different beliefs. A lot of them are insistent that everybody in the world should conform to what they know for an absolute fact is the one and only truth.

    • Geez, that poor girl can’t win. Black folks rag on her hair, and white folks rag on her religion. I say she ROCKS it all the way around!

      • Oswald says:

        Religion is just one more thing that today’s lefties are intolerant about.

        They say the believe in freedom of religion but only if it’s “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

  8. The dick parents are still at it in the Savannah Dietrich case. Contempt motion filed. I have to work August 21, or I would so be there with signs and rape whistles.

    • Oswald says:

      You better read that article again. It’s a motion to unseal the court files so the local paper can report what’s in it. Savannah’s also got a motion to remove the local prosecutor from the case.

      • Yes, I know, but it also covers a contempt motion, which was supposed to be dismissed. That’s squeezed in between the unsealing and the request to remove the prosecuting attorney’s office, the latter for which no court date was set. The boys are set to be sentenced the same day as the unsealing and the contempt motion. At least it’s a different judge though. That McDonald lady is crazy.

        • From the article’s first paragraph:

          A Jefferson District Court judge set an Aug. 21 hearing date for The Courier-Journal to argue for opening juvenile court files surrounding the sexual assault of Savannah Dietrich and a motion to hold her in contempt for tweeting about the attack.

          Unless that’s included in the records they want to unseal, it’s also for the contempt motion. It’s poorly written, granted.

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