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MAY 31 2008

1. Ex-attorneys general file brief supporting Siegelman
2. Strong Backing for Ex-Governor’s Appeal
3. Ex-attorneys general file brief supporting Siegelman
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Ex-attorneys general file brief supporting
Siegelman
AP/ ABC News

54 former attorneys general ask appeals court to overturn
former Alabama governor's conviction

A bipartisan group of 54 former state attorneys general from across
the country has filed a federal appeals brief supporting former
Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman's bid to overturn his criminal conviction.

Saying the prosecution and sentencing of Siegelman "raised serious
First Amendment concerns," the brief asks the 11th U.S. Circuit Court
of Appeals to overturn Siegelman's conviction.

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Strong Backing for Ex-Governor’s Appeal
by Adam Nossiter of NYT

....Robert Abrams, a former New York attorney general and an author
of the brief, said the document was unprecedented in bringing
together a large number of former top state judicial officers, mostly
Democrats but also some Republicans. Mr. Abrams said it reflected
“strong feelings” that an injustice had been done to Mr. Siegelman, a
Democrat who was freed on bond from a federal prison in March after
serving nine months.

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Ex-attorneys general file brief suppporting
Siegelman
By Bob Johnson of AP/Al.com

....One of the brief's authors, former New York attorney general
Robert Abrams, said the conviction of Siegelman, a Democrat, could
have "a chilling effect" on democracy and make people afraid to make
donations to political campaigns.

....Another author of the document, former Indiana attorney general
Jeffrey Modisett, said the Siegelman conviction could open the door
for prosecutors to go after other elected officials and campaign
donors simply for political reasons.

"We think this case is a poster child of how this sort of broad
interpretation of the statute can be used for mischief," Modisett said
Saturday.

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SEE the DOCUMENT!

Link to the "Amicus Brief" in
support of Don Siegelman's appeal
filed with the 11th Circuit by a
Bi-Partisan group of 54 former state
Attorneys General.
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