Former Ala. governor tries again on trial request

Jul 9, 2012

The attorney for Don Siegelman is asking a federal judge to set aside his order denying the former Alabama governor a new trial.

Siegelman attorney Peter Sissman filed the request Monday with U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller in Montgomery. The attorney wants a delay so he can have more time to try to get documents about former U.S. Attorney Leura Canary.

Canary was the chief federal prosecutor in Montgomery during the case, but she stepped aside. Siegelman's side contends she still had some involvement.

The defense move comes after the judge denied Seigelman's request for a new trial last week. Fuller says the request was almost identical to one he denied in January for a co-defendant, former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy.

Siegelman is set for sentencing Aug. 3.

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