Siegelman bid for new trial goes to 11th Circuit


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ATLANTA — Imprisoned former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman on Tuesday takes his latest bid for freedom to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A three-judge panel will hear oral arguments in Atlanta in Siegelman's appeal for a new trial. His attorneys will argue that newly discovered evidence suggests a federal prosecutor, with ties to GOP politics, was improperly involved in the case against the Democrat. Siegelman is also asking the court to cut his 6 1/2-year sentence.

The former governor is being represented in his appeal by former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig.

U.S. Department of Justice lawyers will argue that Siegelman's sentence fits his crimes and the Bush-appointed prosecutor played no role in the case.

A federal jury in 2006 convicted Siegelman of obstruction and bribery charges.

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