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Federal prosecutors no longer seeking stiffer prison sentence for Siegelman.

By ThinkProgress on June 4, 2008 at 3:00 pm

"Federal prosecutors no longer seeking stiffer prison sentence for Siegelman."

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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.”

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