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SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2007

Most readers favor prison for Siegelman in Daily poll

Patricia Orton of Decatur cites Don Siegelman’s service as attorney general of Alabama in arguing that he should go to prison.

She agrees with almost three out of four Daily readers who answered an online poll.

“I do not believe that Don Siegelman should escape jail time for his crimes,” Orton wrote in an e-mail. “Had it been anyone else, they would certainly not be excused.

“As long as people in high political positions think that they can commit crimes without penalty, they will continue to do so, yet if anyone else commits the same crime those politicians are the first to want to send them to jail.

“Don Siegelman was the attorney general of the state of Alabama from 1987 to 1991, and he would have been the first to tell you during the time he served that someone who committed the same crimes as he has committed must serve jail time for those crimes.”

Siegelman — who served as governor after he was attorney general — was convicted in federal court of bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud and obstruction of justice. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller of Montgomery will sentence him.

The three-day unscientific poll, which ended Saturday at, asked whether Siegelman should serve time in prison.

Of 229 readers responding, 169 (73.8 percent) answered yes and 60 said no.

Thelma Krueger of Decatur voted no. She commented that the publicity of Siegelman’s trial “is punishment enough. Also, I think there should be another trial.”

Steve Stewart

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