Thursday, March 27, 2008

Siegelman Released

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ordered former Governor of Alabama Don Siegelman released pending his appeal, finding in a short 4-page opinion his appeal raised "substantial issues of law or fact likely to result in a reversal or an order for a new trial on all counts on which the imprisonment has been imposed", thus satisfying the requirements for release on bond pending the appeal. There's no explanation of what the court means, and this is hardly a guarantee of a new trial or a reversal of his conviction, but it's a good sign nonetheless. That, combined with the investigation into the Siegelman case that is ramping up in Congress, presages bad times ahead for Siegelman's prosecutors/persecutors and the DOJ in general.

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