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Siegelman Attorney Awaits Justice Dept. Documents

By Associated Press

Montgomery, AL – An attorney for former Governor Don Siegelman says he believes the U-S Justice Department will eventually be forced to release 514 pages of documents concerning the recusal of U-S Attorney Leura Canary in 2002 from the federal investigation of Siegelman.

Siegelman attorney Vince Kilborn says he expects to eventually see the documents.

The Justice Department has refused to release the 514 pages to Alabaster attorney John Aaron. Aaron represented Siegelman's 2006 campaign for governor.

Aaron appealed after initially being told there are no documents. The Justice Department then said it had 516 pages related to the case but would only release two - Canary's 2002 news release announcing her recusal.

Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy were convicted last year of bribery and other charges. Siegelman is serving a more than seven-year sentence at the federal prison in Oakdale, La. and Scrushy is serving an almost seven-year sentence at a federal prison in Beaumont, Texas.

Canary announced her recusal in 2002 after an attorney for Siegelman questioned the U-S attorney's impartiality since her husband, Bill Canary, had worked as a Republican political consultant.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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