Freed Former Ala. Governor Targets Rove

Siegelman, out on appeal, says politics put him in prison
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2008 7:47 AM CDT
Freed Former Ala. Governor Targets Rove
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman makes a statement to the media after being released on an appeal bond from federal prison in Oakdale, La., Friday, March 28, 2008 in Vestavia, Ala.    (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, who walked out of a Louisiana federal prison on an appeal bond yesterday, told the New York Times in his first interview that "abuse of power" put him behind bars—and accused Karl Rove of being behind it all. “It’s going to be my quest to encourage Congress to ensure that Karl Rove either testifies, or takes the Fifth,” Siegelman said.

The Democratic governor has been jailed for nine months on a 7-year sentence for corruption charges supporters charge were orchestrated by the former White House political director. "His fingerprints are smeared all over it," Siegelman said. Siegelman was convicted of granting former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy a place on a hospital board in exchange for a campaign contribution. But the appeals court said Siegelman had raised “substantial questions" about his trial. (Read more Don Siegelman stories.)

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