MONTGOMERY , Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman is appealing his prison sentence three weeks before he is scheduled to report to federal prison to complete a more than six-year sentence in a government corruption case.
Siegelman's attorney, Susan James of Montgomery, filed the notice Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Montgomery, saying the former governor is appealing the sentencing to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Siegelman is scheduled to report to prison on Sept. 11. He served nine months of his sentence before he was released on an appeal bond in 2008. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller cut 10 months off the sentence at a new sentencing hearing earlier this month.
That hearing was scheduled after the 11th Circuit dropped two of the charges against him.
Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy were convicted in 2006 in federal court in Montgomery. Siegelman was accused of appointing Scrushy to an important hospital regulatory board in exchange for Scrushy arranging for $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman's campaign for a statewide lottery to fund education programs. Scrushy has completed his prison sentence and is living in Houston, Texas.
At the new sentencing hearing Fuller said he would recommend Siegelman serve the remainder of his sentence at a prison close to his Birmingham home. The new prison has not been named.