Former Alabama governor, Don Siegelman, was finally sentenced in a corruption and bribery case that's been going on for a while now. He got mixed up with Richard Scrushy of HealthSouth fame and has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Siegelman, 61, and Scrushy, 54, were convicted last year of bribery, conspiracy and mail fraud. The government accused Siegelman of naming Scrushy to a hospital regulatory board in exchange for $500,000 in donations to Siegelman’s 1999 campaign for a state lottery for education.Funnily enough, this is the second governor of Alabama that's been convicted. In 1993, Governor Guy Hunt was removed from office after being convicted of using inaugural funds to buy a fence and some cattle for his farm. It's hard for me to forget that day...since I was sitting in his office when we got the news that people were coming down the hall to handcuff him and take him away. (You have never seen me 'skedaddle' out of somewhere like I did that day!)
Ah, politics. It's such a lovely thing, isn't it?