Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman was released from prison today after a panel of judges on the 11th Circuit determined that there were “substantial concerns” regarding his prosecution last year for corruption. For some time now, accusations have circulated that his arrest and eventual conviction were politically motivated and may have even been initiated by former White House advisor Karl Rove.
Siegelman will now await the outcome of his appeal from the comfort of his own home, although beyond that, it is not clear exactly how much freedom he will be afforded. The House Judiciary Committee has requested permission to have him travel to Washington, DC, in order to provide testimony for the committee’s investigation into selective prosecution at the Justice Department. Of course, the DOJ isn’t likely to bend over backwards to help investigators pursue allegations that it acted improperly, especially considering Attorney General Michael Mukasey originally refused a request by Committee Chairman John Conyers to temporarily release Siegelman from prison so that he could testify.
To learn more about the controversy surrounding Don Siegelman’s prosecution, check out our previous blog entries, Siegelman Saga Makes Its Way to “60 Minutes” and Scott Horton Discusses Siegelman Controversy on MSNBC.