Former Gov. Don Siegelman apologizes to Ala. for his corruption - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Former Gov. Don Siegelman apologizes to Ala. for his corruption sentence

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.
Fox Business Network's Neil Cavuto interviewed former Ala. Gov. Don Siegelman last night. Fox Business Network's Neil Cavuto interviewed former Ala. Gov. Don Siegelman last night.

Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman apologized to Alabama about his corruption sentence in an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business Network last night.

"I would like to apologize to the people of Alabama for the embarrassment that this has caused them, and of course to my family. This process has been going on for a long time and has been both personally and financially devastating," he said in the beginning of the interview.

The former governor also spoke about the things he's lost as a resulf of his conviction.

"I've lost my law license. I've lost my ability to earn an income, to support my family. I've lost most of my assets. I've list for ever my reputation," Siegelman said.

[Watch the full interview on Fox Business Network here.]

One week from today, on August 3, Siegelman will be resentenced for his 2006 bribery conviction. He was convicted of taking a bribe from former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy. Siegelman said he and Scrushy, also convicted on bribery charges, never had a conversation about a bribe.

Siegelman said that federal bribery laws are still unclear and give too much discretion to a jury to determine what is a bribe and what is a legitimate campaign contribution.

"They can put any contributor, any candidate in prison based on an inference, a jury might be able to draw there was a deal," he said.

He also contends that anyone contributing to the presidential campaign and given an ambassadorship could also be prosecuted.

Siegelman told Cavuto it's a frightening prospect to back to federal prison, where he only served nine months of his more than six year long sentence. Many expect Siegelman will have to serve most of his remaining term on his sentence.

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