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Siegelman trial witness Bailey asks for sentence to be reduced to probation

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Nick Bailey asked a federal judge Thursday to reduce his 18-months prison sentence to just probation for his part in the government corruption case that has sent former Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to federal prison.

Prosecutors had earlier asked U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller to order that Bailey, a former aide to Siegelman, not serve any prison time and instead serve a 12-month sentence confined to his home.

Bailey was a key witness at the trial last year in which Siegelman and Scrushy were convicted of bribery and other charges. Siegelman is serving a more than seven year sentence at a federal prison in Oakdale, La. and Scrushy is in the federal prison at Beaumont, Texas, serving an almost seven-year sentence.

Siegelman’s defense attorneys had complained after prosecutors filed their motion that it was crazy to send their client to jail for seven years, while asking that Bailey receive no prison time. Bailey admitted to accepting bribes and other illegal acts.

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