Siegelman appears in Florida federal court

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Don Siegelman appeared in a federal court in Jacksonville, Fla., today with his lawyer Sam Heldman. Both Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy are asking the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse their convictions in a government corruption case.

The U.S. Supreme Court has questioned the law known as the "honest services bribery law," which formed the basis of Siegelman and Scrushy's charges. Siegelman has said he feels optimistic that the Supreme Court's position could make him a free man soon.

Siegelman and Scrushy were convicted after federal attorneys said Scrushy bribed Siegelman with a large donation to his lottery campaign in exchange for Scrushy's appointment to a board that regulated hospitals. In 2006, Siegelman was sentenced to seven years in prison but was freed on bond after serving only nine months.

Attorney Sam Heldman has said it could be as long as three months before the judges make a decision.

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