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Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman Regains Law Degree | New policies

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) – Former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman has regained his state license years after being released from federal prison in a government corruption case.

The Alabama Bar Association confirmed Monday that Siegelman’s license was reinstated in December after going through an application process.

The former governor, 75, told The Associated Press he expects to do a mix of criminal and civilian work. He said he would like to work with public defenders or advocacy groups to take on criminal defense cases.

“I can’t wait to find these particular cases that I believe in and feel I can make a difference and work either pro bono or with another lawyer,” Siegelman said in a telephone interview.

Siegelman has become an advocate for bringing about changes to the criminal justice system, including “providing a measure of justice to families who lose someone through abuse of power or excessive use of force by the police”.

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Siegelman was for decades a dominant figure in Alabama politics, serving as secretary of state, attorney general, lieutenant governor, and governor. He was governor of Alabama from 1999 to 2003. He was the last Democrat to hold the position in the Conservative state.

Siegelman was released from prison in 2017 after serving a six-year sentence for his conviction for corruption and obstructing justice.

In 2006, a federal jury convicted Siegelman for selling a seat on a state regulatory board to HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy in exchange for $ 500,000 in donations to Siegelman’s iconic political issue – his 1999 campaign to establish a state lottery. Siegelman was convicted on a separate charge of obstructing justice for trying to hide money he received from a lobbyist.

Siegelman maintained his innocence and unsuccessfully fought a long battle in court and in the media to try to overturn his conviction. His lawyers argued his lawsuits were motivated by Republicans upset by the Democrat’s political success and that the conviction was supported by sparse evidence.

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