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Ex-Attorneys General Support Siegelman's Appeal

Montgomery, AL – A bipartisan group of 91 former attorneys general from states and U.S. territories has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman's appeal of his federal bribery conviction.

The attorneys general argued in their brief that it wasn't against the law for Siegelman to name former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to a powerful hospital regulatory board after Scrushy arranged donations to Siegelman's campaign for a state lottery.

The brief argues that the Supreme Court ruled in an earlier case that bribery can only occur in cases involving campaign contributions if there was an explicit agreement that each person would get something of value. Former New York Attorney General Robert Abrams said there was no such agreement in the Siegelman case.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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