"Federal prosecutors no longer seeking stiffer prison sentence for Siegelman."
Federal prosecutors are no longer seeking stiffer prison sentences for former Alabama governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy.
Prosecutors filed a motion this week with the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking that their appeals of the sentences be dropped. Their appeal had called for a longer prison term than Siegelman’s more than seven-year sentence and Scrushy’s almost seven-year sentence.
The latest filing does not say why prosecutors want to drop their appeal.
Last week a bipartisan group of 54 former state attorneys general filed a brief with the federal appeals court in support of Siegelman, writing that the government’s bribery prosecution “raised serious First Amendment concerns.”