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SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2007

Siegelman could get 30 years, $1 million fine

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Federal prosecutors have recommended a 30-year prison sentence and a $1 million fine for former Gov. Don Siegelman and a 25-year term and a $7.2 million fine for former HealthSouth Chief Executive Officer Richard Scrushy.

Siegelman and Scrushy were convicted June 2006 on bribery and conspiracy charges and face sentencing June 26.

Prosecutors filed their sentencing recommendations Friday to U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller.

Restitution also is requested by the government in the amount of $5.2 million from Siegelman and $628,000 from Scrushy.

Tuesday deadline

Attorneys for the two men have until Tuesday to file any motions on any remaining sentencing issues.

“A 30-year sentence would be a crime. We’re asking for probation,” Siegelman attorney Susan James said Saturday.

Scrushy’s attorney was not immediately available for comment.

Prosecutors contend the recommended sentences for Siegelman and Scrushy are “reasonable” given the corruption offenses that spanned at least four years while Siegelman was governor.

Siegelman’s offenses, prosecutors say, “involved his abuse of a plethora of state government agencies and personnel, and caused a heightened distrust of state government.”

Scrushy and Siegelman plan to appeal their convictions.

In a statement Saturday, Siegelman, who has maintained his innocence, continued to insist that his prosecution was “politically motivated.”

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