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Court won't hear Siegelman appeal

Supreme Court won't hear appeal from former Ala. governor By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Supreme Court will not take another look at the bribery conviction of former Ala. Gov. Don Siegelman.

The high court on Monday turned away Siegelman's appeal of his 2006 convictions. Siegelman was convicted of selling a seat on a hospital regulatory board to former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in exchange for $500,000 in donations to Siegelman's 1999 campaign to establish a state lottery.

Siegelman's lawyers wanted to argue that campaign donations can't be bribes unless there's a clear agreement between the donor and the politician, and that there was no such agreement in Siegelman's case. Siegelman has been free on bond while appealing his conviction.

The appeal was turned away without comment.

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