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Magistrate won't step down from Siegelman case

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A federal magistrate has again refused to step down from the government corruption case against former Gov. Don Siegelman, ex-HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy and two former Siegelman Cabinet members.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Coody, in a one-page order filed Tuesday, said that sealed requests for his recusal were "replete with innuendo, conjecture and speculation."

The exact reasons why Scrushy and Siegelman asked Coody to recuse himself aren't known because the documents are sealed, but they could include some of the issues raised in previous, unsealed recusal requests made in early November.

Coody also rejected those requests, which were made after Coody disclosed that his wife had taught the children of Forrest "Mac" Marcato, a developer of a highway striping product used by the state Department of Transportation during Siegelman's term.

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