Saturday, March 29, 2008
Staff, AP News
Mar 28, 2008 11:51 EST
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was released on bond from a federal prison Friday, saying he remains upbeat despite serving nine months for corruption.
Leaving the prison in a black sport utility vehicle, he stopped on a road outside the lockup to comment. He wore a ragged shirt that appeared to be prison clothing.
"I may have lost my freedom for awhile, but I never lost faith," Siegelman, 62, told reporters.
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Siegelman should be released while he appeals his conviction.
He declined further comment, saying, "I want to be with my family for a few days." But he said he would make a statement when he reaches his home in Birmingham, Ala.
Siegelman was placed in federal custody after being sentenced last June to more than seven years in prison for bribery-related counts and one obstruction of justice count.
The House Judiciary Committee also has announced that it wants to hear Siegelman's views when it probes claims of selective prosecution by the Justice Department....(Click here for remainder of article.)