JUNE 29 2010

1. Supreme Court vacates Siegelman decision
2. Court Vacates Siegelman Charges, As Kagan and DOJ Team Lose
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1. Supreme Court vacates Siegelman decision
by Larisa Alexandrovna for Raw Story

In a surprise decision Tuesday morning, the United States Supreme
Court vacated an earlier ruling by a lower court in the case of former
Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, who was convicted of bribery and
honest services fraud in 2006 in a case that has widely been criticized
as politically motivated.

The ruling was vacated in light of a ruling last week in the case of
former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling which partially struck down the so-
called "honest services" fraud statute. On the heels of that decision,
the Supreme Court issued a surprise ruling in the Siegelman case on
Tuesday morning:

    09-182
    SCRUSHY, RICHARD
    SIEGELMAN, DON E. V. UNITED STATES
    The petitions for writs of certiorari are granted. The
    judgment is vacated, and the cases are remanded to the United
    States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit for further
    consideration in light of Skilling v. United States, 561 U.S.
    ___ (2010).

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2. Court Vacates Siegelman Charges, As
Kagan and DOJ Team Lose
by Andrew Kreig for the Huffington Post

As a start in redressing the nation's most notorious political
prosecution, the Supreme Court released on June 29 its decision
vacating federal corruption convictions of former Alabama Gov. Don
Siegelman and co-defendant businessman Richard Scrushy.

The court remanded their Alabama convictions to the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta despite arguments last November by
Solicitor General Elena Kagan that their convictions should stand.

Ironically, the court met to decide the case Monday afternoon, which
marked also the beginning of Kagan's Senate confirmation hearing to
replace Justice John Paul Stevens, a Republican who became the
court's most influential liberal of recent years.

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image: Glynn Wilson
Siegelman's attorney for the
Supreme Court appeal, Sam
Heldman, told Raw Story, "We are
very pleased with the Court's ruling.
This is an important step towards a
complete victory for Governor
Siegelman."