Arguments in Siegelman Case: Criminal Law “Has Real Ramifications for the First Amendment”

By: Thursday January 20, 2011 2:20 pm

On June 29, 2010, the United States Supreme Court vacated the judgment in which former Alabama Governor Donald Siegelmand and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy were convicted on multiple counts and remanded the case to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals “for further consideration in light of Skilling v. United States“. Oral arguments relating to this further consideration were held Wednesday in Jacksonville, Florida, in a thirteenth floor courtroom of the Bryan Simpson United States Courthouse there.

Siegelman Arguments: Real Implications for First Amendment

By: Wednesday January 19, 2011 2:15 pm

Oral arguments were heard today in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Jacksonville, Florida in the ongoing Don Siegelman case. As I reported on Tuesday, the arguments today were in response to the Supreme Court vacating the convictions of Don Siegelman and Richard Scrushy and sending the case back to the Eleventh Circuit in light of the Supreme Court decision in Skilling.

The panel of judges was Gerald Tjoflat, J.L. Edmondson and James C. Hill. Arguing for Governor Siegelman was Sam Heldman and arguing for Mr. Scrushy was Bruce Rogow. Arguing for the Justice Department was John-Alex Romano.

Reflecting a concern noted by the judges, Heldman noted to the media after the proceedings that the court seemed very concerned with the concept that what they do with respect to criminal law in this case has real implications for the First Amendment.

Oral Arguments Set for Wednesday in Siegelman Case

By: Tuesday January 18, 2011 1:35 pm

When the definitive history of the dismantling of the system of justice during the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries in the United States is written, the case of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman will deserve its own chapter. The next episode in this sad saga will play out on Wednesday in a satellite courtroom for the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Jacksonville, Florida. I will try to be in the courtroom for the oral arguments, but unfortunately, the Eleventh Circuit allows no electronic devices of any type in the courtroom, so I will have to take notes and then prepare a report from the notes.

Supreme Court Vacates Don Siegelman Conviction

By: Tuesday June 29, 2010 12:29 pm

Many of the trumped-up cases in the Bush era hinged on the same “honest services fraud” statute; the Supreme Court vacated the ruling in one of them, sending the 2006 bribery case of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman back to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rep. Griffith Steals Dem Data Before Switching Parties

By: Tuesday December 29, 2009 6:50 am

After Parker Griffith left the Democrats, but before he drew half of North Alabama as an opponent, he stole a bunch of voter data from the state Democratic Party.

FDL Welcomes Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman

By: Thursday July 24, 2008 9:09 am

Governor Don Siegelman joins FDL to talk about his on-going appeal, Karl Rove’s defiance of an HJC subpoena, and references to both in yesterday’s HJC hearing with Attorney General Michael Mukasey.

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